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Froma Harrop: Cats vs. Dingoes

Posted 3/29/2013 in National Columns

The fight goes on. Whether cats are bird-killing machines or soft balls of love (for themselves, anyway) remains a subject of painful debate. The first part is undoubtedly true. Cats in the United States destroy a median of 2.4 billion birds a year. Add to that death toll 2.3 billion mammals, many of them native creatures: chipmunks, rabbits and voles, reptiles and amphibians.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Willis Pope

 

 

Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Going paperless not as green as it seems

Posted 3/28/2013 in Local Columns

Google has started a big "Go Paperless in 2013" campaign. Paper, they say, is bad for the environment. It's high time someone called bovine manure on this. Trees are organic. Trees are renewable. Tree farms reduce CO2. There are more forests in Mississippi than there were at the turn of the century.

 

 

Carl Smith: Gay marriage isn't the end of equality issues

Posted 3/27/2013 in Local Columns

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday in two landmark cases which could impact how states and the federal government interpret marriages. I am optimistic laws can catch up to our nation's changing viewpoint on same-sex marriages, but I'm also certain federal protections are sometimes needed to ensure equality.

 

 

Our view: Something we can agree on....

Posted 3/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's announcement that Columbus Air Force Base is bringing back its Fourth of July fireworks show is something everyone can agree is a good thing.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Froma Harrop: Often you don't need a doctor

Posted 3/26/2013 in National Columns

You want a routine checkup. Or your throat is sore. It's probably nothing, but you're concerned. Do you need a full-fledged MD with all those certificates and perhaps a God complex?

 

 

Our view: Creative funding now needed for Juneteenth Festival

Posted 3/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Is nothing private?

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Two guys are at a conference, looking bored. On stage, there's been talk about "dongles," which, if you aren't aware, are devices you plug in to laptops to get connectivity. Bigger ones are supposedly more powerful. Can you guess the joke? (Hint: about whether size matters.)

 

 

Letter to the editor: Bill Wilemon

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Right decision, wrong reason

Posted 3/25/2013 in National Columns

Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman. The Ohio senator is, pardon the tautology, a conservative Republican and last week, he did something conservative Republicans do not do. He came out for same-sex marriage.

 

Ask Rufus: Pilgrimage will feature nine homes from original tour

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

A week from tomorrow will be the opening of the annual Columbus spring pilgrimage. Although the first pilgrimage was in the spring of 1940, a Columbus tour of homes actually started a year earlier.

Shannon Bardwell: Charlie Purple Turnipseed

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

I ran my hand over the book cover which I'm in the habit of doing. A pretty cover attracts me. The book featured delicate anthropomorphic characters framing a drawing of a kindly man wearing an oversized purple shirt, a garden hat; he was leaning on a long stick and holding a sunflower. Bumblebees bumbled all around him. I'm afraid I might be one of those people who judge a book by its cover.

 

Rheta Johnson: Not a natural person

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW --It's been a bad week here in the Hollow. A letter from the Mississippi Department of Revenue informed my county that I was ineligible for the homestead exemption on my house and land. "Applicant is not a natural person," it said.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Life continues, graciously

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez. This is what I'm thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month after Richard Street and Damon Harris, who sang on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with the Temptations, passed away just days apart.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: For Hillary Clinton, the time may finally be right

Posted 3/23/2013 in National Columns

No matter what Barack Obama does, he cannot escape the shadow of his former political opponent.

 

 

George Will: DOMA is an abuse of federalism

Posted 3/22/2013 in National Columns

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an exception to the rule that a law's title is as uninformative about the law's purpose as the titles of Marx Brothers movies ("Duck Soup," "Horse Feathers," "Animal Crackers") are about those movies' contents.

 

Slimantics: The mayor's race is, yawn, on ...

Posted 3/22/2013 in Local Columns

About 50 people crowded into the Grill Room at Lion Hills Golf Club Thursday for the latest episode of the Columbus Exchange Club Candidates Forum, which those in attendance will recall as "The 57 minutes of my life I really, really wish I had back."

 

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