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Ask Rufus: The Columbus Mint Julep

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

January may be a strange time to bring up the mint julep but maybe it makes a good forerunner to springtime and warmer weather.

 

Leonard Pitts: A big issue for small minds

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's got something. Maybe it's something you were born with, maybe something that happened to you, maybe something you did to yourself through bad habits or neglect. But everybody's got something, some physical or emotional blemish measuring the distance from you to perfection.

 

Birney Imes: Watching eagles at Locafoma Lake

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday morning an intrepid group of nature enthusiasts gathered on a strip of pavement at the eastern edge of Locafoma Lake in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. They had braved wind and sub-freezing temps in hopes of seeing the Refuge's resident eagles. They had not come in vain.

Kathleen Parker: Let's give pot smokers a little leeway

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's doing it -- confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways -- so here goes. I don't remember. Kidding, kidding. Anyone over 30 recognizes the old adage: If you remember the '60s, you weren't there. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

 

Charles Krauthammer: How in good conscience?

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

By early 2011, writes former defense secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded President Obama "doesn't believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn't consider the war to be his."

 

 

Our view: Time for railroad to do the right thing

Posted 1/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Back in August officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway and the Columbus City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposal to close six Southside railroad crossing while adding safety upgrades to other crossings.

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Disposable or recyclable?

Posted 1/17/2014 in Local Columns

I dropped off a dozen cans of cat food to the Humane Society recently. I was checking on the work in an apartment to ready it for a new tenant when I found them.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: To defeat poverty, look to marriage

Posted 1/16/2014 in National Columns

As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.

 

 

Our view: It's time to stop moralizing about sex education

Posted 1/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Rotary Club, like most civic organizations, keep to a pretty tight schedule during its weekly luncheons. The program starts promptly at noon and ends just as promptly at 1 p.m. Tuesdays are work days, after all.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Our view: Dream365 is an opportunity in black AND white

Posted 1/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Dream365 kicked off its week-long program Monday with a pair of events at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.

 

 

Voice of the people: Darlene Walrod

I have thought about this all weekend and simply cannot let it slide. On Friday, Jan. 10 there was an article in "Our View." I have no idea who wrote the piece, but they, glaringly, solidified their view with two words.

 

 

Voice of the people: David Owen

Talented Rufus Ward indicated in his column in Sunday's Dispatch that the British last fought the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. I rarely question Rufus' capabilities in the history category. However, here I must point out that there is currently being waged another battle of New Orleans with the British.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Less government, more individual decision making

Posted 1/13/2014 in Local Columns

A new year, but some things will always stay the same. Government inefficiency is one of them. It's always easy to waste someone else's money.

 

Ask Rufus: The first OK?

Posted 1/12/2014 in Local Columns

Last week I was asked to explain the origin of the old saying "The Lord be willing and the creek don't rise." There are several traditions about the origin of the phrase but one clearly sticks out in my mind.

Birney Imes: All of a sudden you remember music

Posted 1/11/2014 in Local Columns

In William Saroyan's short essay "Finlandia," he writes of going into a music store in Helsinki and asking the girl working there if she knows "Finlandia," the symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Saroyan, then 27, had heard the piece five years earlier and had been haunted by it since. The girl finds the record and puts it on the turntable. She and the writer stand and listen to the music, both of them transfixed by its beauty. Afterward Saroyan asks the girl's English-speaking coworker if she knows the composer. She does and gives him a phone number.

 

Rheta Johnson: A vicious circle

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

NEW YORK CITY -- If you can imagine a place today that would extend credit to struggling but brilliant journalists, novelists and theater people, where, say, Donna Tartt and Jon Stewart and Tina Brown might convene daily for lunch and drinks, then there might be a contemporary equivalent of The Algonquin Round Table.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Gun nuts target one of their own

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

Here is what he said: "...all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be." It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don't believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don't believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line.

 

 

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