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Rheta Johnson: Bum legs and frivolous catalogs

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Something about the snakeskin flashlight for $25 sent me screaming to the Land of Bah Humbug. It was on one of those magazine lists of gifts for under $25 -- technically the snazzy flashlight was not "under" but "right at" -- which sucker me in to disappoint.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The double-down president

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Americans are justified in feeling numbed by the car alarm of Washington politics. Every now and then, we get a reprieve from the noise. Something breaks through: a sex scandal, a gaffe, a surprise resignation. Already the words "Petraeus affair" have been supplanted by "DeMint's departure." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: In Colorado, empty gun dorm sends a message

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Young people are not exactly renowned for their judgment. We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol till it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job.

 

Ask Rufus: African-American builders of early Columbus

Posted 12/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with Sam and Carolyn Kaye about Horace King. King, the subject of a previous column, was a black bridge builder who, in 1842, built the first bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.

 

George Will: Bewitched by Obama

Posted 12/7/2012 in National Columns

Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a balanced deficit-reduction plan, substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases.

 

 

Our view: Tonight it's time to get your Wassail on!

Posted 12/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This evening, downtown Columbus will be the site of the ninth annual Wassail Fest. While there many events on the calendar, Wassail Fest stands apart as something of a marvel.

 

 

Voice of the people: Nadia Dale

Your facts are wrong. I'm not resigning. Recently The Dispatch published an editorial expressing concern about my commitment to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. I recognize the importance of constructive criticism, especially in public service. Yet I still feel compelled to provide more information about the facts regarding my attendance and voting at meetings.

 

 

Froma Harrop: No-risk farming

Posted 12/6/2012 in National Columns

As global warming causes more serious and frequent shoreline flooding, indignation rises over federal programs helping owners of beach properties rebuild in places the ocean wants to take back. Superstorm Sandy was a lollapalooza in terms of waterfront damage and demands on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's resources.

 

 

Slimantics: When it comes to education, one size does not fit all

Posted 12/6/2012 in Local Columns

Almost every afternoon, I take the walk from the office to Coffee House on 5th for an iced tea. The other day, I noticed a young lady sitting at one of the tables there, working on her laptop, which was positioned at such an angle that I could recognize what was on the screen. "Algebra, right?" I asked. "Yes," she said wearily. "I'm studying for finals." I certainly remembered the feeling, if not the algebra.

 

 

Voice of the people: Claude Simpson

I respond to Slim Smith's column of Nov. 30, "Decorating a sinking ship." For your information the dropout prevention program as proposed by Dr. Liddell and the preparation to pass G.E.D. testing are horses of a different color.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Susan Rice and the Senate's blame game

Posted 12/5/2012 in National Columns

A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Our view: A move sure to please drug dealers

Posted 12/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Dissolution of narcotics unit indicates troubling failure to communicate, cooperate.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: When a cheating teacher catches a cheating student, what happens?

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

You may have seen a couple of stories last week about teachers accused of paying to have others take (and pass) their licensing exams. News such as this paints a picture of a world in which values are upside down.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Meet the undressed: Newswomen on TV

Posted 12/4/2012 in National Columns

On a recent "Meet the Press," host David Gregory presided in a tailored jacket and tie. Panelists Al Sharpton, David Brooks and Ken Burns appeared similarly professional. But the two female panelists, Andrea Mitchell and Carly Fiorina, seemed ready for cocktails, not coffee, in form-fitting dresses, arms naked to the world.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Lost not found, ducks

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

An odd friendship is often born of necessity. Jack, the white cat, lost Jane, his companion, when Jane stowed away in the bottom of the fishing boat. While in route to the river, Jane chose to bolt from the boat, never to be found.

 

Bill Crawford: WSJ report card dings Mississippi

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

Mississippi ranked 40th in the Wall Street Journal's "The Best and Worst Run States in America." Among neighboring states only Louisiana ranked lower at 41st. Alabama ranked 28th, Arkansas 32nd, and Tennessee 12th. Nationwide, North Dakota ranked first while California ranked last.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Another victim of black blindness?

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

Kathleen Parker: A lunchtime serving of fiscal reality

Posted 12/1/2012 in National Columns

 

 

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