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Ask Rufus: The 70-year-old roots of the Air Force Ball

Posted 9/22/2013 in Local Columns

Friday night the Trotter Convention Center was filled with our nation's finest, for it was the annual Air Force Birthday Ball. Seventy years ago, predating the birth of the Air Force as a separate service, there were also pilots and other servicemen dancing at the Trotter which was then called the City Auditorium. It was a different time but the same place with different men and women but with the same sense of duty and commitment to our country.

 

Thomas Sowell: Minimum Wage Madness: Part II

Posted 9/21/2013 in National Columns

A survey of American economists found that 90 percent of them regarded minimum wage laws as increasing the rate of unemployment among low-skilled workers. Inexperience is often the problem. Only about 2 percent of Americans over the age of 24 earned the minimum wage.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Here she comes...

Posted 9/21/2013 in National Columns

Colorado floods of so-called biblical proportions, fire on the Boardwalk, a Miss America contestant with visible tattoos? It really might be the End Times.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Village idiots take aim at Miss America

Posted 9/21/2013 in National Columns

A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet. Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Wal-Mart and plays basketball. His father came to this country from India and both are Sikhs, followers of a centuries-old faith founded in the Punjab region. Supreet wanted to tell me what it is like being a Sikh in America.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Murderous mantis

Posted 9/21/2013 in Local Columns

The praying mantis had the advantage, as his head rotates 180 degrees. His forearms were folded in prayer; he looked so delicate, so pious. His very name "mantis" means "prophet" in Greek. But if there ever was a wolf in sheep's clothing, it is the praying mantis.

 

Voice of the people: William Ford

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Ghost Dog

Posted 9/20/2013 in Local Columns

I saw a slow moving, old white dog the other morning. She was crossing one of the vacant fields at Lynn Lane and Louisville Street in Starkville. That property sits across from my office and so I took the time to watch her make her way through the grass in the first hours of the business day. No doubt she was headed to some quiet place to rest as the heat of the day began to descend on her home.

 

 

Nancy Loome: Biloxi celebrates learning; is your community celebrating?

Posted 9/20/2013 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: Local elected officials avail themselves of travel opportunities ... and taxpayers pick up the tab

Posted 9/19/2013 in Local Columns

Early this year, when the qualifying period began for the mayor and council races began, I found it odd that more people didn't choose to run. As you will recall, two council positions were uncontested and only one council race had as many as three candidates. In the mayor's race, two challengers faced incumbent Robert Smith. Given the general downward trajectory of the city, you might have thought more people would be inspired to jump into the fray. Hardly.

 

Froma Harrop: Violence in our air

Posted 9/19/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Superintendent search should be priority for school board

Posted 9/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been three months since the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees voted to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell.

 

 

Voice of the People: James Trimm

 

 

Voice of the People: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Another mass murder, another conversation

Posted 9/18/2013 in National Columns

 

 

An opportunity to talk about gun laws? Not a chance.

Posted 9/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Can we talk about gun violence now? Of course not. Since details of Monday's murderous attack at the Washington Navy Yard are still emerging, it would be premature to use the tragic event, which took the lives of 12 innocents and the gunman, as the basis for a real conversation about the gun violence problem in the U.S.

 

 

Voice of the People: Barbara Bigelow

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Minimum wage madness

Posted 9/17/2013 in National Columns

 

Possumhaw: Gardening is not for pansies

Posted 9/16/2013 in Local Columns

Just the other day Tjajuan Boswell was working on the flowered medians in downtown Columbus. Heat radiated at 107 degrees, and she was working like a Trojan. With the back of her forearm she wiped sweat from her brow. I complimented her on how wonderful the flowers looked and thanked her for her efforts to beautify the city. It's no easy job.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Recipe for destruction: Start paying college athletes

Posted 9/16/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

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