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Birney Imes: One man's story

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

On a recent Friday afternoon while buying a watermelon at a fruit stand across the street from United Deli on Gardner Boulevard, I met a man who told me something about my father I never knew. The man now owns a golf course, but he came to know my father when he was a teenager working as a carhop at a place across the river called The Coffee Cup.

Ask Rufus: The evolution of barbecue

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

The early history of barbecue sauce is as cloudy as the sauce itself.

 

A Saturday Dispatch

Posted 7/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's Saturday morning and, lo and behold, there's a freshly delivered Dispatch out on the driveway. Welcome to the first Saturday edition of The Dispatch.

 

 

Our View: Making a meaningful difference in the lives of children

Posted 6/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In the last month, we have been dizzied by a seemingly endless stream of youth summits and "motivational" drivel.

 

 

Billy Hall: 'Stupid' laws

Just watched WCBI News at 6 & heard about the new laws taking effect 1 July 2011, and wondering how stupid the law makers can be.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Tuesday's editorial

Your "A troubling campaign" opinion in the Tuesday paper was interesting but incomplete.

 

 

Our View: A troubling campaign

Posted 6/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have your eye on the Columbus Municipal School District lately, you might think the superintendent position is up for election.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Views differ from columnist's

In Friday's paper, the column by Susan Estrich showed her bias. OK, it's an op-ed, but not even opinion writers are allowed to make up their own "facts." She does an admirable job toting Mr. Obama's water for the Democrat Party, but I take slight exception with some of her opinions.

 

Roses and thorns 6-26-11

Posted 6/25/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Jack Cristil; Leadership Lowndes graduates; Vann Stuedeman

 

Ben C. Toledano: Freedom of speech

In your editorial of Tuesday, June 21, you took a very strong position in favor of "freedom of speech," even when such "speech" involves disruption of a funeral service for an American soldier.

 

 

Our View: Page One crime

Posted 6/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Recently, the newspaper has received criticism for prominently featuring violent crime stories, particularly a story about a Columbus man who attacked another with a machete.

 

Scott Colom: Make sure whipping comes with a positive message

Posted 6/22/2011 in Local Columns

Nothing will get you laughed out of a barbershop quicker in Columbus than suggesting parents should think twice before beating their children. I discovered this several months ago when I tried this argument with my longtime barber, Bobby Jordan.

 

Our View: Teach your children to swim

Posted 6/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Every year, more than 830 children, ages 14 and under, drown. During the summer months, the time of year when we're most likely to be in the water, drowning deaths among children spike by a rate of 89 percent over the rest of the year, according to safekids.org.

 

 

Benjamin Ross: Do away with political parties on the local level

I agree with letter writer Cameron Triplett. At the local level we should not have parties, but vote for the man.

 

 

Margaret Evans: Time for change

Hear ye! Leroy Brooks has resigned as supervisor and is now submitting his resume for police chief of Brooksville. Wish this were true.

 

 

Marlies Bearden: Would like to see an end to Page 1 crime stories

Folks living in the Columbus area would like to take pride in their community.

 

 

Our View: Freedom of expression and the Westboro Baptists

Posted 6/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As deplorable as the thought is of the Westboro Baptists yelling inflammatory messages at the funeral of Army Sgt. Christopher Bell, who was killed in the service of our country, it is just as sobering to think this message could be stifled just because we may disagree with them.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Learning to trust

Posted 6/20/2011 in Local Columns

Sam and I invited a friend, his wife and their grandson for an afternoon on the river. The young man suited up in his life jacket. He donned his new reflective shades purchased moments before at the Shell station. All was going well as we launched the boat at Charles Younger Landing, until it was time to board.

Ask Rufus: A slue of information about Mississippi swamps

Posted 6/18/2011 in Local Columns

People have asked what is the difference between a swamp, a slue and a bayou. To be precise, not much.

 

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