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Jo Shumake: In defense of Councilman Mickens

In the "Roses and Thorns" column of the Aug. 18 Dispatch, Councilman Joseph Mickens was taken to task for missing the Aug. 15 public hearing on the proposed closing of six city railroad crossings and for being "not particularly concerned with his constituents' views on matters that affect the city."



Rheta Johnson: Keeping Paula Deen down

Posted 8/24/2013 in National Columns

Now that the world is rid of a dangerous Deep South cook named Paula Deen, we can rest easy. Stripped of her epicurean empire and rode out on a rail through the virtual streets all buttered and feathered, our nation finally is free of racism. Isn't it?



Kathleen Parker: Obama's race remarks exacerbate tensions

Posted 8/24/2013 in National Columns

If I had a son, he would look like Christopher Lane, the 22-year-old Australian baseball player shot dead while jogging in Oklahoma.



Charles Krauthammer: The choice in Egypt

Posted 8/24/2013 in National Columns

Egypt today is a zero-sum game. We'd have preferred there be a democratic alternative. Unfortunately, there is none. The choice is binary: the country will be ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood or by the military.



Our view: 'King Tomato' still fueling farmers' market turnouts

Posted 8/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been a good year for watermelons, peppers and cucumbers and a not-so-good year for cantaloupes and squash. After a poor early season, tomatoes have rallied.



Froma Harrop: An NSA drama goes crackpot

Posted 8/23/2013 in National Columns


Slimantics: The joy of football

Posted 8/22/2013 in Local Columns

The high school football season begins tonight when Caledonia makes the short trek south to play Heritage Academy. While Caledonia and Heritage are the only area teams playing tonight, most teams will commence the 2013 season Friday. High school football is a big deal in this part of the world, naturally.


Susan Estrich: Looking evil in the eye

Posted 8/22/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the People: Pam Bullock



Our view: Columbus and 'Catch 22'

Posted 8/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's regular meeting, the mayor and city council met to iron out the details for the renovation of the Trotter Center. In that meeting, the council hired an architectural firm whose lone experience has been building a gym at a Macon daycare center, arranged a loan to cover the expenses of the project and then heard from a representative from the city's new project manager, which spent most of his time trying to justify his firm's role in the operation.



Voice of the People: Elaine Hegwood



Leonard Pitts: 'The Butler' and The Truth

Posted 8/21/2013 in National Columns



Our view: Judge learns a lesson, but teen paid the price

Posted 8/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday morning, Judge Lee Coleman presided over the probation revocation hearing of Alan Redden of Columbus at the Lowndes County Courthouse. The hearing, which included testimony from three witnesses and Redden, took about an hour, but it was clear from the get-go that Coleman could hardly wait to make his ruling.



Voice of the People: Clare Van Lent



Voice of the People: Mike Willis



Voice of the People: Jeannetta G. Edwards



Froma Harrop: Blurred minds

Posted 8/20/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the People: Helen Pridmore



Charlie Mitchell: Dogs shouldn't ruff it, satellite TV provider says

Posted 8/19/2013 in Local Columns

This is too easy. A satellite TV channel for dogs was launched this month. Not about dogs. For dogs. To watch.



Local voices: A letter from the mayor



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