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Our view: NFL tragedies force discussion of gun laws, DUIs

Posted 12/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been a tragic couple of weeks for the National Football League.

 

Our view: Fracking deserves a closer look

Posted 12/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, the Caledonia Board of Aldermen took on one of the most controversial issues in the field of energy. You might have expected a very long debate, given the board's history. Remember, this is the same body that took more than a year to resolve a dispute between a town employee and his boss for a $1-per-hour raise.

 

Leonard Pitts: Never ever, ever, ever...

Posted 12/10/2012 in National Columns

A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."

 

 

Bill Crawford: Too many pleaders and plodders, too few leaders

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

In tough times we expect strong leadership from public officials. These days our officials come from one of three types: leaders, pleaders, and plodders.

 

Possumhaw: Rest for the preacher man

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

The cabin was barely finished when the need arose. The preacher man was exhausted and full of sorrows. "Come to the quiet," I offered.

 

Birney Imes: Henry says hello

Posted 12/8/2012 in Local Columns

As a child growing up in Southside, Cheryl Bush's favorite playground was Friendship Cemetery. "We'd run around there for hours and then pick up acorns," she said. When you ask her what she did with the acorns, she looks at you quizzically, too polite to imply you've asked a question with an obvious answer.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Bum legs and frivolous catalogs

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Something about the snakeskin flashlight for $25 sent me screaming to the Land of Bah Humbug. It was on one of those magazine lists of gifts for under $25 -- technically the snazzy flashlight was not "under" but "right at" -- which sucker me in to disappoint.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The double-down president

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Americans are justified in feeling numbed by the car alarm of Washington politics. Every now and then, we get a reprieve from the noise. Something breaks through: a sex scandal, a gaffe, a surprise resignation. Already the words "Petraeus affair" have been supplanted by "DeMint's departure." 

 

 

Leonard Pitts: In Colorado, empty gun dorm sends a message

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Young people are not exactly renowned for their judgment. We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol till it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job.

 

Ask Rufus: African-American builders of early Columbus

Posted 12/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with Sam and Carolyn Kaye about Horace King. King, the subject of a previous column, was a black bridge builder who, in 1842, built the first bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.

 

George Will: Bewitched by Obama

Posted 12/7/2012 in National Columns

Even Jonathan Swift, who said that promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a balanced deficit-reduction plan, substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases.

 

 

Our view: Tonight it's time to get your Wassail on!

Posted 12/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This evening, downtown Columbus will be the site of the ninth annual Wassail Fest. While there many events on the calendar, Wassail Fest stands apart as something of a marvel.

 

 

Voice of the people: Nadia Dale

Your facts are wrong. I'm not resigning. Recently The Dispatch published an editorial expressing concern about my commitment to the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. I recognize the importance of constructive criticism, especially in public service. Yet I still feel compelled to provide more information about the facts regarding my attendance and voting at meetings.

 

 

Froma Harrop: No-risk farming

Posted 12/6/2012 in National Columns

As global warming causes more serious and frequent shoreline flooding, indignation rises over federal programs helping owners of beach properties rebuild in places the ocean wants to take back. Superstorm Sandy was a lollapalooza in terms of waterfront damage and demands on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's resources.

 

 

Slimantics: When it comes to education, one size does not fit all

Posted 12/6/2012 in Local Columns

Almost every afternoon, I take the walk from the office to Coffee House on 5th for an iced tea. The other day, I noticed a young lady sitting at one of the tables there, working on her laptop, which was positioned at such an angle that I could recognize what was on the screen. "Algebra, right?" I asked. "Yes," she said wearily. "I'm studying for finals." I certainly remembered the feeling, if not the algebra.

 

 

Voice of the people: Claude Simpson

I respond to Slim Smith's column of Nov. 30, "Decorating a sinking ship." For your information the dropout prevention program as proposed by Dr. Liddell and the preparation to pass G.E.D. testing are horses of a different color.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Susan Rice and the Senate's blame game

Posted 12/5/2012 in National Columns

A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Our view: A move sure to please drug dealers

Posted 12/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Dissolution of narcotics unit indicates troubling failure to communicate, cooperate.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: When a cheating teacher catches a cheating student, what happens?

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

You may have seen a couple of stories last week about teachers accused of paying to have others take (and pass) their licensing exams. News such as this paints a picture of a world in which values are upside down.

 

 

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