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Slimantics: Decorating a sinking ship?

Posted 11/30/2012 in Local Columns

There was some belief that more attention was given to the Titanic's choice of china than its supply of lifeboats. It was a hard point to refute, given the way things turned out.

 

Voice of the people: Claude Simpson

 

 

Susan Estrich: Who is Susan Rice?

Posted 11/30/2012 in National Columns

I have known Susan Rice for decades. We worked together in the '80s. I followed her career in the '90s. She served her country with intelligence and integrity during the Clinton administration and for the past four years as our country's representative to the United Nations.

 

 

Our view: It's time for Dale to step down

Posted 11/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Nadia Dale is the sort of person you want for just about any committee or board. Bright, conscientious and community-minded, Dale is just the kind of dynamic young leader Columbus desperately needs.

 

 

George Will: A cliff of their own choosing

Posted 11/29/2012 in National Columns

With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The double standard in affairs

Posted 11/28/2012 in National Columns

As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as "The Petraeus Affair," one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Jensen and Flynn

Posted 11/28/2012 in National Columns

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

 

 

Our view: 'Just Say No' a bankrupt strategy for governing

Posted 11/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

During his successful campaign to retain his seat in Congress, Alan Nunnelee (R, Tupelo) put much emphasis on the 32 "no'' votes he cast against Obamacare during his first term in office.

 

 

Froma Harrop: How to kill Social Security, with a smile

Posted 11/27/2012 in National Columns

Conservatives never much liked Social Security.

 

 

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.

 

 

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