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George Lowe: A 'Friendly City' top to bottom

Posted 5/19/2014 in Local Columns

This weekend following another local shooting here in Columbus, I couldn't help but see my trending Facebook timeline filled with outrage at the crime rate here in Columbus.



Charlie Mitchell: Flood insurance a case study in a good idea gone bad

Posted 5/19/2014 in National Columns

The federal government sues Mississippi fairly often. Less often, Mississippi sues America -- but it does happen. Two years ago, the state Department of Insurance objected in court to congressional action to sustain the National Flood Insurance Program. Why? The law made the insurance cost too much -- way too much.


Ask Rufus: The South as pictured 400 years ago

Posted 5/17/2014 in Local Columns

A common question I am asked is, "What did this country look like when only the Indians lived here?" Usually I answer simply, "it was beautiful."


Kathleen Parker: Bill Maher speaks his mind, unfortunately

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column I wrote about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah . If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.



Susan Estrich: When a woman gets fired

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

What do they call it when a man gets fired from a top job? Wednesday. Or, if appropriate, Monday or Tuesday or Thursday or Friday. When a woman gets fired, it's called breaking news.



Leonard Pitts: In hyperpartisan America, there's no room for compassion

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

A hypothetical scenario: Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.



Our View: River Island Park makes perfect sense

Posted 5/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

After more than a year of batting around ideas about what to do with the city-owned seven-acre parcel of land on The Island, immediately across the river from the Riverwalk, the Columbus City Council moved quickly Thursday.


Lynn Spruill: What do we want to be?

Posted 5/16/2014 in Local Columns

The most recent study done on behalf of the Golden Triangle Development Link by POLICOM Corporation was presented on Tuesday morning at EMCC. The Dispatch offered an insightful editorial on the critical finding about education and the opportunities this requires from the people who care deeply about our region and our future.


Froma Harrop: All Sheldon Adelson wants

Posted 5/16/2014 in National Columns

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair.



Voice of the people: Doris Ebner



Susan Estrich: What do you say about a vulgarian?

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.



Rheta Johnson: Dogs, clocks and a drink of Crown Royal

Posted 5/15/2014 in National Columns

Luke Hall had a name like a hero in an old Western -- simple, strong and uncompromising. It was fitting.



Our View: After 48 hours, the verdict is in

Posted 5/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In a span of 48 hours this week, we learned all we need to know to confirm that the Columbus Municipal School District, as it presently exists, is damaged beyond repair.



Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano



Leonard Pitts: Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

Posted 5/14/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This book will make you angry.



Our View: A 'golden' opportunity

Posted 5/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, a consultant hired by the Golden Triangle Development LINK to assess the future of economic development in our area revealed his findings in a public meeting at the Mayhew campus of East Mississippi Community College, a day after sharing that information with public officials.



Froma Harrop: Monica Lewinsky, grace in humiliation

Posted 5/13/2014 in National Columns

How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. When it was revealed in 1998 that she had provided then-President Clinton with oral sex, Lewinsky now writes in Vanity Fair, she "was arguably the most humiliated person in the world."



We 'reinvent' education often, but not realistically

Posted 5/12/2014 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- Once upon a time, America didn't beg people to act in their own best interests. It was considered natural.



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