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Our view: City shouldn't 'wing it' on infrastructure repairs

Posted 4/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, the Columbus City Council held a public forum to discuss the idea of raising taxes to secure a $5 million capital improvement loan to repair, replace and improve city infrastructure, primarily road repair and repaving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.


Lynn Spruill: Bricklee and the Horse Park

Posted 4/11/2014 in Local Columns

Sounds like a cool little novel title like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or maybe Nancy Drew and the Crooked Banister. Though Bricklee Miller may not have the financial impact that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter does, or the international name recognition of Nancy Drew, she definitely has the magic touch for the Golden Triangle.

Slimantics: Bomb threats are not harmless pranks

Posted 4/10/2014 in Local Columns

What is it about Columbus kids and bomb threats? This morning, for the ninth time since the school year started, school was disrupted while school and law enforcement investigated yet another bomb threat, this one at Stokes-Beard Elementary School.


Leonard Pitts: Wake up, people, and see the danger we're in

Posted 4/10/2014 in National Columns

This is a column about campaign finance reform. And your eyes glazed over just then, didn't they?



Our view: City needs long-term infrastructure plan

Posted 4/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, the city council will hold a public hearing on issuing bonds to finance improvements to Columbus' roads, drainage and sidewalks. Those $5 million worth of bonds, which will be paid back over the next 20 years, will be funded by a 2-mill tax increase.



Voice of the people: Gwen Sisson



Wyatt Emmerich: Crony capitalism continues to hurt Mississippi

Posted 4/9/2014 in Local Columns

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a "cultural retail attraction" incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.



Our view: Failure to pass ban on texting and driving is disappointing

Posted 4/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there was a "no-brainer," this was it. During the recently-ended 2014 Mississippi legislative session, Columbus Rep. Gary Chism proposed a bill that would make texting and driving illegal.



Outtakes: Burger challenge remains unmet

Posted 4/8/2014 in Local Columns

Alone at the bar, I stared at three bites of hamburger and six or so french fries. Could I finish?



Froma Harrop: US and Canada: Together at last?

Posted 4/8/2014 in National Columns

What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada. What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America. What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada. What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.



Charlie Mitchell: Health insurance not the real issue in Mississippi

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

Child playing baseball breaks his leg. Mom needs a pacemaker. Dad has had a stroke and is on his way to the emergency room. Even the most conservative of conservatives won't say these people must have money or insurance -- or be turned away at the hospital door.


Possumhaw: Eat two onions and call me in the morning

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

The Wall Street Journal headlined "A Delicious Prescription: Chefs and doctors are teaming up to create health food you might actually crave." Inheriting the "clipper" gene from our mother, my brother and I trade clipped newspaper articles, his from national newspapers on food, birds, nature and mine from the local sports pages on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Ask Rufus: Was it America's first pro ball team?

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

This is a ballgame weekend. Professional baseball has just cranked up, basketball's Final Four started Saturday and college baseball is in full swing. But long forgotten is the story of how what may have been America's first professional ball team assemble at Columbus in 1829.

Susan Estrich: The best government money can buy

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976.

Slim Smith: Missing Mike

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

Monday morning, the news came of the sudden, stunning death of Mike Ritter. He had entered the hospital for surgery to repair a heart problem and died before the procedure could be performed. Mike, a brilliant editorial cartoonist, was 48 years old. These kinds of deaths, including the sudden passing of Columbus Police Department investigator Don English at age 58, are a not-so-subtle reminder of my own mortality. I am 54.

Kathleen Parker: Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP

Posted 4/5/2014 in National Columns

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who?


Our view: Saturday: The REAL first day of spring

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Officially, the date is March 20, but it is our opinion that the first day of Spring does not arrive until you get off the sofa, out of the house and enjoy some outdoor fun. With that in mind, Saturday is looking a lot like the first day of Spring here in the Golden Triangle.



Our view: Catfish in the Alley

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials


Lynn Spruill: Litter begets litter

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Columns

I confess that I do not understand littering. It is inconceivable to me that anyone thinks that it is quite acceptable to leave their garbage behind in locations that are clearly not garbage sites, such as parking lots, streets, sidewalks, and any other areas not intended to be a resting place for garbage.


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