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Thomas Sowell: Chuck Stone (1924-2014)

Posted 4/17/2014 in National Columns

Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, "We shall not see his like again."



Our View: When the shoe is on the other foot

Posted 4/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's uniformly contentious and often ridiculous meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the board finally got around to interviewing candidates for the search firm that will be charged with identifying candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.



Kathleen Parker: Erasing the race card

Posted 4/16/2014 in National Columns

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.



Froma Harrop: Lessons not learned in Boston

Posted 4/15/2014 in National Columns

Airport gift shops throughout New England are piling "Boston Strong" T-shirts in vivid colors. "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry of solidarity after the terrorist bombing last year at the Boston Marathon.



Our View: Columbus school board sinks to new low

Posted 4/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the recent warm weather, the hope of harmony on the Columbus Municipal School District has proven to be fleeting. It's back to chaos as usual for the CMSD, a dispiriting blow to the community whose fortunes are closely tied to the success of its schools.



Our view: Excuse for three-person budget committee is pathetic at best

Posted 4/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville aldermen should reorganize the city's three-person audit and budget committee to include any and all representatives willing to participate in financial discussions, and any foot dragging should be perceived as an attempt to deny at least one alderman's right to represent his constituents.



Charlie Mitchell: The law as a pacifier

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses -- those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.


Possumhaw: Hanging by a thread

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Saturday a ghastly thing happened at the Prairie house. While Sam was gone fishing I discovered a mouse clinging to the Big Tom sticky trap. I have vowed time and time again not to use those cruel traps, however successful they are.


Parker: America's heartland has nothing to fear from Stephen Colbert

Posted 4/13/2014 in National Columns

In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of its "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.



Johnson: Dreams of tossing tech

Posted 4/13/2014 in National Columns

Six inches of snow out the window where the azaleas ought to be. I am in Colorado for a few weeks, and my dogs are back home in Mississippi. My work computer has taken on a life of its own, with so-called "pop-ups" pestering me like door-to-door hawkers.



Pitts: ...and this is Overkill News Network

Posted 4/13/2014 in National Columns

Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane.



Cameron Triplett: Bomb threats and campaign finance



Danny Williams: Big crime equals big time



Ben Toledano: Slim Pickins



Rachel George: A great Pilgrimage


Ask Rufus: They called Columbus home

Posted 4/12/2014 in Local Columns

The past two weeks I have been helping with the Columbus Pilgrimage. I had not intended on doing so, but Nancy Carpenter of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau called and said they were short-handed and could I help with tour groups. Before I realized it, I was telling stories about Columbus to multiple tour groups on the double-decker bus.


Our view: City shouldn't 'wing it' on infrastructure repairs

Posted 4/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, the Columbus City Council held a public forum to discuss the idea of raising taxes to secure a $5 million capital improvement loan to repair, replace and improve city infrastructure, primarily road repair and repaving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.


Lynn Spruill: Bricklee and the Horse Park

Posted 4/11/2014 in Local Columns

Sounds like a cool little novel title like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or maybe Nancy Drew and the Crooked Banister. Though Bricklee Miller may not have the financial impact that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter does, or the international name recognition of Nancy Drew, she definitely has the magic touch for the Golden Triangle.

Slimantics: Bomb threats are not harmless pranks

Posted 4/10/2014 in Local Columns

What is it about Columbus kids and bomb threats? This morning, for the ninth time since the school year started, school was disrupted while school and law enforcement investigated yet another bomb threat, this one at Stokes-Beard Elementary School.


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