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Our View: Groups' efforts give validity to 'Friendly City' moniker

Posted 3/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's Lifestyles story on the 25th anniversary of Helping Hands reminds us yet again of the kindness and generosity that gives substance to Columbus' motto, "The Friendly City."

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Systems' work best when people choose to know

Posted 3/17/2015 in Local Columns

Next time you hear someone say, "I'd rather not know," ask the person to pause and think about it.

 

Possumhaw: It was just another day

Posted 3/16/2015 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I took a short drive from the Prairie, and a disturbing thing happened. I've pondered it ever since.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Is the European Union dying?

Posted 3/16/2015 in National Columns

As the European Coal and Steel Community of Jean Monnet evolved into the EU, we were told a "United States of Europe" was at hand, modeled on the USA.

 

Ask Rufus: The name in the window

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.

 

Our View: A rocky first date

Posted 3/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Birney Imes: More than a game

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

In the Sandfield Community, not far from the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue South, there is an abandoned slab of concrete about 30 feet square. On the east and west edges of the square are light poles with "Keep Out" signs on them. At one time, the place served as a basketball court for neighborhood kids.

Kathleen Parker: Tom Cotton's grandstand play

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: No tail-dragging allowed

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

In a Natchez, Mississippi, gift shop I saw a sign with a dog swilling a pint. It said: "In dog beers, I've only had one." Some days I feel that in newspaper years, I'm 434 years old.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Like and dislike in these polarizing times

Posted 3/14/2015 in National Columns

This is for Gigi, who can't figure out why I don't like Bill Maher.

 

 

Restaurants build community

Posted 3/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville Restaurant Week begins today, with 31 participants. This year marks the third year of the event, which has been expanded to 10 days, covering two weekends.

 

Lynn Spruill: Packing heat at Walmart

Posted 3/13/2015 in Local Columns

There seems to be a growing trend in some parts of the country for some people to visit retail stores openly wearing guns. It recently happened at a Kroger in Virginia where the store manager asked them to leave the property.

 

Michael Gerson: Viewing Ferguson from Selma

Posted 3/13/2015 in National Columns

The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I'll go with that.

 

 

Voice of the people: Brenda Caradine

I was part of the fortunate audience this past week who saw the Columbus Arts Council Community Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," part of the Big Read event for the past several months sponsored by the CAC and the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

What part of the Constitution are the power brokers of both parties using to governing the country? From the lobbyists to the political power brokers, "we the people" have lost our voice. The president has his phone and his "Bic" pen to issue executive orders.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Hillary and her server

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Cohabiting ... with children

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.

 

 

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