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Ask Rufus: Andrew Jackson's Military Road

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

This weekend the theme of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's Decorative Arts and Antiques Forum was the Military Road from Nashville to New Orleans. Contrary to local legend, Andrew Jackson did not build the road as he marched his Tennessee volunteers south to meet the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. However it was because of the Battle of New Orleans that the road was built.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The president's new perspective is not what matters

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- The junior senator from Illinois had something to say: "Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that we now depend on financial assistance from foreign governments to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies."

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obamacare laid bare

Posted 11/2/2013 in National Columns

Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period."

 

Voice of the people: David Owen

A "Thorn" should be awarded The Dispatch for its naivety in withdrawing its criticism on Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. Chaney, on behalf of insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) apparently contacted The Dispatch and informed you of everything he had done to make access to Obamacare easy. For this information, The Dispatch then opined that Mr. Chaney is faithfully fulfilling his duties as Insurance Commissioner.

 

Birney Imes: Photograph offers bridge to history

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

On a winter morning sometime in the late 1920s -- probably 1927 -- photographer O.N. Pruitt unpacked a heavy wooden tripod and planted it in the mud on the west bank of the Tombigbee.

Roses and thorns: 11/3/13

Posted 11/2/2013 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to all the coaches and officials who helped make the 2013 Columbus-Lowndes Park & Recreation soccer season a success.

 

Our view: It's time to stop waiting for the bus

Posted 11/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been almost 15 months since the Columbus City Council agreed on a one-year contract that would allow an Indiana bus company to operate routes in the city. We are happy to report there have been no bus crashes, hijacking, traffic congestion, rate hikes or complaints about the service in that time. Of course, there have been no buses, either.

 

 

Marty Wiseman: State of politics looking forward

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Developing leaders

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Our view: Setting the record straight with Mike Chaney

Posted 10/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

From time to time, we receive calls and emails from people who take issue with the position we have taken on our editorial page. There are also occasions when that person will challenge the accuracy of our assertions.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The problem With Twitter

Posted 10/31/2013 in National Columns

 

Slimantics: OK. That wasn't so bad.

Posted 10/30/2013 in Local Columns

Last night, I stayed up late -- 10 o'clock being my definition of late -- to watch my national TV debut on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

 

Voice of the People: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

 

Our View: Clinkscales' Facebook comments inexcusable

Posted 10/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Nicole Clinkscales has an active interest in the Columbus schools. She is a PTA leader and the sister of Columbus Municipal School District board member Angela Verdell. She regularly attends at CMSD board meetings and frequently speaks at those meetings. There is nothing wrong with any of that. But on Oct. 24, Clinkscales turned to her Facebook page to attack CMSD Board Member Aubra Turner, inferring that Turner, who like Clinkscales is black, is an Uncle Tom. Later, engaging with a commenter, she referenced abolitionist Harriet Tubman's quote about a mindset that kept blacks mentally enslaved. Tubman's comment, which Clinkscales quoted, compared such thinking to a snake that should be killed. Public figures are often the object of bitter criticism, of course, but what makes this incident different is one specific detail: Clinkscales is a municipal judge in Columbus. And that makes a huge difference.

 

George Lowe: What measures a decade?

Posted 10/29/2013 in Local Columns

As my first high school reunion rapidly approaches, I take some time to visit my previously attended schools and reflect on where our school district is today opposed to merely 10 years ago.

 

Bill Crawford: Wicker watching Tea Party blitz

Posted 10/29/2013 in Local Columns

Senator Roger Wicker must be anxiously watching the Tea Party blitz against fellow Senator Thad Cochran. The two senators have much in common.

 

Possumhaw: A sight for Cec to see

Posted 10/28/2013 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner, invites some online friends to stay with her about once or twice a year. Cec (short for Cecilia) came from Toronto, Canada, and was the first to arrive.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Other' is the fastest-growing group of college applicants

Posted 10/28/2013 in Local Columns

 

Birney Imes: Fortunes and Crispins and Macintoshes, too

Posted 10/26/2013 in Local Columns

A little more than a week ago my brother Stephen and I stood on a hilltop in central New York eating apples. We were lost in a maze of apple trees -- and, frankly, astonished; each tree was laden with more fruit than seemed possible. Endless rows of them, each with their own little street sign: Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Macoun, Empire, Northern Spy and so on.

 

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