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Lynn Spruill: A turning point for downtown?

Posted 8/8/2014 in Local Columns

One of our aldermen has expressed a troublesome and sad view of the future of our downtown. He believes that downtown is doomed to mundane daytime activity and total nighttime irrelevance. That view, while certainly possible, if not probable, is a challenge this board should meet head-on.

 

Froma Harrop: Uber is the future

Posted 8/8/2014 in National Columns

As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes -- overnight flights from the West Coast -- land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

 

 

Our View: 'Let them eat cake'

Posted 8/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The legend is told that in 1789, when informed that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"--"Let them eat cake." In the subsequent centuries that callous remark has been considered the standard by which all examples of a tone-deaf leader is measured.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

 

 

Froma Harrop: Less is more... isn't it?

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

 

 

Our View: Our teachers need our help

Posted 8/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is the first day of school in Starkville, Oktibbeha County and West Point. Students in Columbus and Lowndes County begin classes Thursday while some private schools will not begin classes until next week.

 

 

Voice of the people: Barbara Cantrell

 

 

Dana Milbank: Caught between a Rolex and a hard place

Posted 8/6/2014 in National Columns

There is a prominent flaw in the legal strategy of Bob McDonnell: Even if the disgraced former Virginia governor wins in court, he loses.

 

 

Our View: Don't sell Short short

Posted 8/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors meet monthly in a small conference room at Propst Park. These are generally low-profile meetings. There are eight chairs for visitors placed along two walls of the small room, but they are usually unoccupied. There is rarely any media at these meetings.

 

 

Voice of the people: Sandra Sistrunk

 

Possumhaw: Three guys and a chainsaw

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner, and I sat on the back steps watching Sam, Charles and Ralph cut down 30-foot cedar trees close to the house.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Riddle over 'fully funding' public schools not yet solved

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

The late state Sen. Grey Ferris, an author the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, had a pat answer whenever he heard someone say that generous funding of Mississippi's public schools wouldn't fix what's broken.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What scares Americans about the child migrants

Posted 8/4/2014 in National Columns

What scares Americans about the child migrants The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's footprints

Posted 8/3/2014 in Local Columns

It's been almost 474 years since Hernando de Soto dined on barbecue pork in the Black Prairie just west of the Tombigbee River.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Bushels of love for Peck

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- Imagine if your life were highlighted in a short, moving ceremony and condensed to its essence. What would they say about you?

 

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

A few words about the "poor door." Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments. How the company won permission to build that building with two entrances, one in front for the exclusive use of upper-income residents, another, reportedly in the alley, for residents of more modest means.

 

Michael Gerson: Turning our backs on atrocities

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- For every dissident and defector I've encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity -- when remaining a bystander involves culpability.

 

Voice of the people: Bond issue questions

 

 

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