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Voice of the people: C.T. Carley

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

Possumhaw: A sticky situation

Posted 4/8/2013 in Local Columns

A terrible, terrible, thing happened. Sam pulled the boat out of the garage to go fishing. We keep the fishing boat in the garage and the vehicles in the yard. It was a beautiful day so the garage doors were left opened.

 

Leonard Pitts: We've made progress, only to see it undone

Posted 4/6/2013 in National Columns

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Or at least, that's Rick Ross' story and he's sticking to it.

 

 

Our view: Saturday: A great day to be out and about

Posted 4/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

We have it from somewhat reliable sources that Saturday will be an "S and S" day -- sunny and 70s. Finally, huh? If the forces that determine the weather hold up their end, the city of Columbus will certainly make good on its part of the bargain.

 

 

Voice of the people: Mayor Tony Scully

 

 

George Will: Schools push a curriculum of propaganda

Posted 4/5/2013 in National Columns

The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R's -- formerly reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic -- now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism.

 

Slimantics: An honest inquiry on race...

Posted 4/4/2013 in Local Columns

During Wednesday's Table Talk program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, four well-known local officials led a discussion on the subject, "My Favorite Childhood Book is...." Lowndes County supervisors Harry Sanders and Leroy Brooks, along with Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese, spoke briefly about their favorite books, but it was the discussion that followed that proved most interesting.

 

Thomas Sowell: Guns save lives

Posted 4/4/2013 in National Columns

We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives­ -- much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.

 

 

Our view: In praise of Mother Goose ...

Posted 4/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night, the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library announced their decision to name their endowment fund to enhance the library's childhood reading program for Edwina Williams, who is far better known as Mother Goose. This had to be the easiest choice in the whole history of choosing.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Rev. David J. Caldwell

 

 

Kathleen Parker: A monument to reconciliation

Posted 4/3/2013 in National Columns

It isn't often that one gets to hear both the strains of "Dixie" and an African drum concert in the same public square.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Father, forgive us; for we know not what we do

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire.

 

Birney Imes: Garden walk

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Walk out into the backyard at 4 a.m. and the first thing you notice is the birds. A million of them there must be, all singing their particular songs. The result is a symphonic composition more complex and beautiful than anything a human could conceive.

 

George Will: William Zinsser and the art of good writing

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

When asked to explain the brisk pace of his novels, Elmore Leonard said, "I leave out the parts that people skip." You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser's short essays written for the American Scholar magazine's Web site and now collected in "The Writer Who Stayed," a book that begins with him wondering why "every year student writing is a little more disheveled."

 

Slimantics: Hire a felon?

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Tonight, the Columbus City Council will consider a proposal to amend its hiring policies as they apply to people with felony convictions. This comes in the wake of enforcement guidelines issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that warned employers that making employment decisions based solely on a candidate's criminal history could be considered discrimination.

Possumhaw: The color's in the jigs

Posted 4/1/2013 in Local Columns

Spring flings a craving on me for something new to wear; something "springy" even if temperatures are freezing. No matter, I wanted something the yellow of a daffodil, the fuchsia of loropetalum or the purple of a budding redbud. Only I was prevented from going to my usual thrift haunts because I had given up my love of thrifting for Lent. It meant sacrifice.

 

Letter to the editor: George Hazard

 

 

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