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Our view: A tale of two business owners

Posted 11/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council considered a request for a 30-day extension on its agreement to bring bus service to the city.



Susan Estrich: The brave men and women of the TSA

Posted 11/6/2013 in National Columns



Clarence Page: Shakespeare echoes in today's politics

Posted 11/6/2013 in National Columns



Voice of the people: Brenda Caradine



Voice of the people: Nancy Allyn Verhoek-Miller



Our view: When good people remain silent ...

Posted 11/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Jonathan Martin is 6-foot-5 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds. He is not only huge, but athletic. That combination of size and agility led him to a career as a professional athlete: He is an offensive tackle for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. At 24 years of age, he is in the prime of his physical development.



Froma Harrop: Eyes will dry over Obamacare

Posted 11/5/2013 in National Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Deadline looms for students seeking equivalency diplomas

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: Fox by the tail

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

I watched for the rising and lowering of the fox's side for some sign of breath. I thought there was none, but you want to be sure before you grab a fox by the tail. I learned my lesson once with a possum.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Voice of the people: Jay Lacklen


Ask Rufus: Andrew Jackson's Military Road

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

This weekend the theme of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's Decorative Arts and Antiques Forum was the Military Road from Nashville to New Orleans. Contrary to local legend, Andrew Jackson did not build the road as he marched his Tennessee volunteers south to meet the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. However it was because of the Battle of New Orleans that the road was built.


Charlie Mitchell: The president's new perspective is not what matters

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- The junior senator from Illinois had something to say: "Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that we now depend on financial assistance from foreign governments to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies."


Charles Krauthammer: Obamacare laid bare

Posted 11/2/2013 in National Columns

Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period."


Voice of the people: David Owen

A "Thorn" should be awarded The Dispatch for its naivety in withdrawing its criticism on Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. Chaney, on behalf of insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) apparently contacted The Dispatch and informed you of everything he had done to make access to Obamacare easy. For this information, The Dispatch then opined that Mr. Chaney is faithfully fulfilling his duties as Insurance Commissioner.


Birney Imes: Photograph offers bridge to history

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

On a winter morning sometime in the late 1920s -- probably 1927 -- photographer O.N. Pruitt unpacked a heavy wooden tripod and planted it in the mud on the west bank of the Tombigbee.

Roses and thorns: 11/3/13

Posted 11/2/2013 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to all the coaches and officials who helped make the 2013 Columbus-Lowndes Park & Recreation soccer season a success.


Our view: It's time to stop waiting for the bus

Posted 11/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been almost 15 months since the Columbus City Council agreed on a one-year contract that would allow an Indiana bus company to operate routes in the city. We are happy to report there have been no bus crashes, hijacking, traffic congestion, rate hikes or complaints about the service in that time. Of course, there have been no buses, either.



Marty Wiseman: State of politics looking forward

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns



Lynn Spruill: Developing leaders

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns



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