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Ben C. Toledano: When race trumps reason

How unfortunate that once more a prominent part of the black community appears to consider race the determining factor in matters of public interest and concern. Seemingly, we are at a point where the race of the local superintendent of schools is more important than the quality of education made available to the schoolchildren.


Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green's Columbus Roots

Posted 6/22/2013 in Local Columns

I have just returned home from a week on staff at the Episcopal Church's Camp Bratton-Green north of Canton. The camp's origins are actually intertwined with Columbus, though the camp was never located here.

Slimantics: A welcome breath of fresh air

Posted 6/21/2013 in Local Columns

Somebody pinch me. Thursday evening, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees continued a recent run of mystifying behavior, removing board president Currie Fisher and installing long-time school administrator Edna McGill to run the district while the search for an interim superintendent continues.


Wyatt Emmerich: In praise of Scouting

Posted 6/20/2013 in Local Columns



Our view: School board must move quickly, choose wisely

Posted 6/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Less than a day after the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees made the decision to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell, the board met again Tuesday to officially begin the process of finding an interim superintendent. The board also set in motion a search for a new chief financial officer to replace Kenneth Hughes, who was fired by Liddell on May 3.


Slimantics: Hooray for transparency!

Posted 6/19/2013 in Local Columns

In a delicious bit of irony, Lavonne Harris of the NAACP went before the Columbus City Council to ask that the council use its influence in demanding more transparency from the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.


Voice of the people: Rep. Gary A. Chism



Voice of the people: M. A. Whitehead



Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Dorothy doctrine

Posted 6/18/2013 in National Columns



Our view: After the storm, challenges remain for CMSD

Posted 6/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The storm is over. Now the clean-up begins. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees fired superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Monday, whose bid to retain her seat by the only means apparently available -- turning the issue into a matter of race and gender -- failed in light of the facts that demonstrated clear examples of misconduct.



Charles Krauthammer: Pushing the envelope, NSA-style

Posted 6/17/2013 in National Columns



Mississippi Voices: Kemper plant a prudent investment

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

Rating agencies and regulators expect utility companies to maintain sound risk management and long-term planning strategies. For this reason, electric utilities value diversity in power generation options.


Possumhaw: Up the road to West Point

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

The invitation came in the mail. West Point's Bryan Public Library was having their luncheon with books. I took the back way, up Old West Point road to Highway 45 Alternate and over to the library.

Birney Imes: Alfred Walker's century plant puts on a show

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Wendell Rinehart and Alfred Walker were shooting the breeze in the den of Walker's ranch-style home on Martin Luther King Drive. Man cave might be a more apt description of the room, which sports a bar, shag carpet and a large glass table laden with glossy sports magazines. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to an ESPN NFL preview.

Ask Rufus: The red and blue of Mississippi A & M

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

With State playing in the College World Series this weekend, college baseball games of long ago come to mind. Even at the turn of the 19th century the rivalry between State and Ole Miss was fierce and in Oxford Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (State's name back then) was called the "school for cow pullers." In the spring of 1897 the Red and Blue of Mississippi A & M played University (Ole Miss) a baseball game in Columbus.


Kathleen Parker: Googled to tears

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!" Without disturbing my mascara, I replied: "Anonymity." She looked befuddled.



Leonard Pitts: The curse of Redskins

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

See if this makes sense to you: For years, I've argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it's just a friendly fraternal greeting.



Rheta Johnson: Willie, Red, Jack and the boys

Posted 6/15/2013 in National Columns

GUTHRIE, Ky. -- When determined women form a committee, move out of the way and take cover. Something's going to happen. What happened here was the salvation of a so-called railroad bungalow on a corner lot. It was about to be sold and moved, red brick by red brick, to the university over in Bowling Green, but the ladies of Guthrie galvanized and said: "Wait just a minute. This is ours."



Susan Estrich: Bob Tur's public life

Posted 6/14/2013 in National Columns



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