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Marty Wiseman: When states and Washington clash

Posted 11/27/2012 in Local Columns

With the presidential election holding our attention of late it has been easy to overlook how the 10th amendment to the United States Constitution is becoming supercharged.

 

Possumhaw: A mountain out of a molehill

Posted 11/26/2012 in Local Columns

Down by the Prairie ponds sits a tiny cabin. For the last few years it has been the receptacle of old lawn chairs, extra fishing poles, a boogie board, a torn fishing net, an assortment of tackle, a half-used bag of fish food and various and sundry items.

 

Charlie Mitchell: What we don't like is government by whim

Posted 11/26/2012 in Local Columns

There are now three contentious matters on which federal law and the laws of at least some states are in conflict.

 

Ask Rufus: Holiday libations

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

Thanksgiving has now passed and Christmas is fast approaching, which raises that perennial holiday beverage controversy: What is the favored Christmas libation, eggnog or milk punch?

Partial to home: Spicy, sweet, salty and sour -- all in the same bite

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

The first thing you want to ask Sao Timratthana is how he went from being a cook at a Buddhist monastery in Tibet to owning a Thai restaurant on Wilkins-Wise Road in Columbus, Mississippi.

 

Rheta Johnson: Confederacy of dunces

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

It was Cormac McCarthy cold, the wind rushing through deserted and dark buildings, whipping at loose trash that increasingly piled up on the rutted streets.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: You can't fix education by lowering the bar

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

As I recall, I scored 960 on my SAT. This was good enough for second best in my class and many congratulations and backslaps from teachers and administrators. Based on that, I thought I'd done pretty well.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The mandate to raise taxes on the 'rich'

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich."

 

 

George Will: Digesting the lessons of Twinkies

Posted 11/24/2012 in National Columns

Earthquakes may strike, dynasties may fall and locusts may devour the crops, but Oldsmobile and Pan Am are forever. Never mind.

 

 

George Will: For these things, we give thanks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National Columns

Among the things for which Americans can be thankful on this weekend devoted to such is Washington's resolve to temper severity with mercy: It will seriously -- this time we really mean business; we are not going to be Greece, or worse, Illinois -- restrain spending but will not balance the budget on the backs of popcorn eaters.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Bobo and a Bigfoot skeptic, over drinks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National Columns

Forgive me, Bobo, but I do not believe in Bigfoot. Nevertheless, it was a delight spending a Saturday afternoon with you -- the sasquatch hunter from Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" -- in, of all places, a midtown Manhattan bar.

 

 

Our view: Dreaming of a white Thanksmas ...

Posted 11/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Happy Thanksgiving or -- as it will soon be called -- Thanksmas.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Amid conflict, a time to give thanks

Posted 11/21/2012 in National Columns

He had lost a son many years before, the boy barely more than a toddler when he died. Now another son was dead and grief sat on him like the shawl that draped his shoulders as he rattled around the big, cold house.

 

 

Our view: The wars we didn't have to fight

Posted 11/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is doubtful that Josie Shumake was chosen to speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Columbus Rotary Club in deference to Thanksgiving.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Half-full glasses

Posted 11/21/2012 in National Columns

Like many people, I have a tendency to spend more time thinking about what's wrong than what's right, what's missing rather than what is there, what I don't have instead of what I do.

 

 

Voice of the people: Fred Bell

 

 

Our view: Shop locally and keep it in the family

Posted 11/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In a Dispatch online poll a few days ago, we asked readers where they would likely do their Black Friday shopping. Although we make no claim of scientific accuracy, the poll results do at least provide some insight into the attitudes of our community.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Search for graves of ancestors a life-affirming pilgrimage

Posted 11/20/2012 in National Columns

It was maybe 20 years ago when I got a call from a woman I did not know. She had purchased the house of my recently deceased grandmother, Lyda Will Wyatt Emmerich.

 

 

Voice of the people:Melody Vydas

 

 

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