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Editorial: Our View: A law best left behind

Posted 1/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When they crafted the No Child Left Behind legislation, lawmakers should have turned to educators. They could have told legislators that you can't teach children to think if you are simply coaching them to pass a test.

 

 

Our View: Good customer service is good business

Posted 1/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, a lifelong Columbus resident wrote to The Dispatch emphatically calling for better customer service.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Pious baloney 2.0

Posted 1/12/2012 in Local Columns

WASHINGTON -- One thing we've learned since the Republican primary season began: There's an awful lot of pious baloney out there.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The missing 'humanity clause' at Bain

Posted 1/12/2012 in Local Columns

During the Great Depression, my father toiled in a box factory. The workers were all flat broke, he recalled, and desperate for every nickel. But when overtime hours appeared, the men made sure they went to a guy with kids. The laborers were obeying the unwritten and unenforceable "humanity clause," whereby one gives up some personal gain in deference to another's screaming need.

 

Scott Colom: Reflections on 2001 class reunion

Posted 1/11/2012 in Local Columns

Growing up, class reunions appeared to be a big deal. People would plan them for months; people would travel great distances to attend, and everyone would dress up and reflect on high school. It almost seemed like a school dance for adults.

 

Our View: Entrepreneurs breathe new life into dying buildings

Posted 1/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When a commercial building sits empty, it quickly ages. As it ages, it begins to look less and less appealing to business owners and developers. And the town begins to look unkempt.

 

 

Our View: Barbour pardons leave a bitter taste

Posted 1/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The gesture of a posthumous pardon is one thing. Pardoning convicted killers and setting them free is another. Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers -- one of whom confessed to shooting his wife to death after an argument -- as one of his last official acts as governor.

 

Birney Imes: Lost art

Posted 1/7/2012 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon around 1:30 a friend and I stood in the middle of the intersection of Seventh Avenue North and 15th Street. We had just finished fried chicken plate lunches at Helen's, and were enjoying being out in the warm sunshine. As we talked, two brick masons worked on new crosswalks at the intersection.

 

Chris Howard: Takes exception to column

I grew frustrated reading Birney Imes' Saturday rant about the Iraq war. My frustration resulted from Mr. Imes' repetition of the empty assertion that the Iraq war was a pointless endeavor. It seems obvious to me that a cursory examination of the state of the world 10 years ago and a comparison to today would lead anyone to at least acknowledge that some positive changes in the world have resulted from our Iraq efforts.

 

Ask Rufus: The St. Stephen's Trace

Posted 12/31/2011 in Local Columns

The St. Stephen's Trace is a little-known but very historic road that once ran from John Pitchlynn's residence at the present site of the John Stennis (Columbus) Lock and Dam to St. Stephen's, which is about 50 miles north of Mobile.

 

Birney Imes: December closings cause for alarm

Posted 12/30/2011 in Local Columns

 

Shannon Bardwell: God rest ye merry gentlemen

Posted 12/30/2011 in Local Columns

Phil Callaway announced his New Year's resolution, "I think I'll start out by going around the house tightening jars. That way my wife will need me all year." In a funny way, Phil wants to be needed.

 

Our View: Hometown restaurants, an endangered species

Posted 12/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

There's something comforting about walking into a place where they know your name and -- if you visit often enough -- what you'll have for lunch and what you'll drink with it. If they don't know your name, the waitresses have enough small-town charm to get away with calling everyone "Honey."

 

 

Our View: Things to do before year's end

Santa has finished with his annual checklist. Now it's time we make ours. As the year winds down, there's still plenty to do before we ring in a new year. The website Money Talks News offers "13 Smart Things to Do Before Year-end."

 

Scott Colom: Advice for Chief McQueen

Posted 12/28/2011 in Local Columns

After being robbed last week, I went through the five stages of grief. First, I was too shocked to believe it. As I stared at the spot where my TV usually hung and the place where my X-Box 360 usually rested, I kept expecting the items to reappear.

 

Our View: The ever-evolving English language

Posted 12/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Ours is a living language. Words that meant one thing as late as a decade ago have new meaning. There are the obvious ones: Bad now means good in some circles.

 

 

Billie Noland: Takes exception to use of the word 'ridiculous'

Dear Mr. Imes, I just finished reading your article, "The spirit of Christmas lights" in today's paper. I always read and enjoy your articles. However, today I was disappointed by a remark that a friend of yours made about the lights on the house across from (and what will be again) Cal-City Grocery in Caledonia. Your friend thinks the display of lights is "ridiculous." I imagine there may be others that feels the same way your friend feels.

 

 

Our View: Downtown preservation efforts pay dividends for all

Posted 12/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Local economies have evolved. We've gone from chasing smokestacks to embracing small business and entrepreneurship. At the center of this economic model is a vibrant downtown.

 

 

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