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Possumhaw: The patron saint of gardening and taxi drivers

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?



Voice of the people: Shirley Crisp

Just writing to say thank you for the great time I had when I came down to sing with the Maryville College Community Choir for the "Chronicles of the Blue and Gray" concert on the night that kicked off your spring Pilgrimage.



Voice of the people: Bill Parker

In your May 7th edition, Harriet Vaughn commented on how water shortages in California may be exacerbated by the Endangered Species Act and have local effects here. Her reference was from a report ... aired on Fox News. As in some reports on Fox News, the story was exaggerated and distorted to match the opinions of the network.



Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.


Ask Rufus: The ghost and Playboy bunnies of Waverly

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.

Birney Imes: Rooster with pleasant memories

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.


Leonard Pitts: Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe's much worse than Obamacare

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mills, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: George Washington, whiskey distiller

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Who knew that the Father of Our Country made and sold whiskey? Rye whiskey, most probably foul-tasting, un-aged, as was the custom of the day. I would not tell a lie.


Partick Buchanan: Our next Mideast war -- Syria

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Jeb Bush has spent last week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.


Outtakes: The King may be gone but the thrill remains

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.



Our View: Class size matters

Posted 5/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the results of the state-mandated "third-grate gate" assessment were announced last week, two school districts out of 155 reported a 100-percent passing rate.


Lynn Spruill: Hometown dedication

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.


Our View: School bond issue passes; OK, what now?

Posted 5/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When voters passed a $44 million bond for additions and improvements in the Lowndes County School District by the narrowest of margins, it brought to an end a difficult 10-month struggle for bond supporters.



Froma Harrop: The left is so wrong on trade

Posted 5/14/2015 in National Columns

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold.



Our View: Cops should not be strangers

Posted 5/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Law enforcement officers have been much in the news in recent weeks, for varying reasons -- all of them heart-breaking.



Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's eloquent defense of Christianity

Posted 5/13/2015 in National Columns

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.



Our View: The importance of reading

Posted 5/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials



Charlie Mitchell: 'Racist' an attitude; racism is an inheritance

Posted 5/12/2015 in Local Columns

People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.


Possumhaw: Gifts that keep on giving

Posted 5/11/2015 in Local Columns

This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.


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