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Susan Estrich: The home country

Posted 2/22/2014 in National Columns

Kiev did not seem familiar when I visited a few years ago for the first and only time. Old and a little tired, but friendly. Reasonable. It wasn't scary and off-putting; it was bright and shiny. Red Square meets Beverly Hills, more mirrors than Las Vegas -- like the little bright pocket I found myself in when I visited Moscow a few days later.


Our view: J5/Broaddus is flunking its first test

Posted 2/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last July, the Columbus city council voted to create the new position of project manager to oversee city projects. That position went to Jabari Edwards and his J5/Broaddus firm. It did not escape anyone's attention that Edwards has close ties to mayor Robert Smith: Edwards served as the mayor's campaign manager.


Lynn Spruill: Politics vs. government

Posted 2/21/2014 in Local Columns

"I hate government" is an oft-repeated refrain. We hear it more and more as Washington becomes ever more dysfunctional. It is sad to hear because I really don't believe it's government people hate, it's the politicians who are the source of the unrequited anger and frustration.


Susan Estrich: I'm not watching the Olympics

Posted 2/21/2014 in National Columns

This is not exactly a newsflash in my house, where, before he left for college, my son had to teach me how to turn on the TV. The thing is, I really don't want to watch the Olympics, even though I spent many of my happier childhood hours watching figure skating on the black-and-white.



Our view: School board appointment holds promise for continued improvement

Posted 2/20/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus city council appointed a new member to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.



Leonard Pitts: White fear trumps black life

Posted 2/20/2014 in National Columns



Froma Harrop: Hillary Clinton is too old for what?

Posted 2/20/2014 in National Columns

The esteemed political writer Charlie Cook recently produced a column titled "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?" Despite couching his thoughts with a mention that if Clinton were to run, she would be the same age as Ronald Reagan when he was first elected president, 69, he did venture over the sexism line.



Our view: Wynn's shameful conduct demands apologies

Posted 2/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen appointed Juliette Weaver-Reese to the Starkville School District Board of Trustees, a move that ended the 10-year tenure of current school board president Eddie Myles.



Kathleen Parker: The GOP's flash of brilliance

Posted 2/19/2014 in National Columns

Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years, and Democrats have exulted in their good fortune.



Our view: Ole Miss should back words with action

Posted 2/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Here we go again. Early Sunday morning, two men placed a hangman's noose over the head of a statue of James Meredith on the University of Mississippi campus and draped the statue with an old Georgia state flag, which like Mississippi's current flag, contains a replica of what is commonly known as the Confederate Battle Flag.



Charlie Mitchell: Public-private partnerships

Posted 2/18/2014 in Local Columns

When the U.S. economy was imploding in 2008, federal officials decided which car companies, which investment firms would be given infusions of taxpayer cash and which would be allowed to go belly-up.



Thomas Sowell: Cruz control?

Posted 2/18/2014 in National Columns

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly.


Possumhaw: Birding from the skybox

Posted 2/17/2014 in Local Columns

Dressed in all our outdoor gear, we watched a bird soar over the sage field and lake. "It's a small hawk or maybe an owl. The head looks like an owl," Sam said.


Froma Harrop: Losing our third places

Posted 2/17/2014 in National Columns

A story that captivated New York City: A group of elderly Korean-Americans had been gathering at a McDonald's in Queens for conversation and fellowship. They'd sit there all day long, sometimes sharing a $1.39 package of fries. The hangout was so popular that friends from other neighborhoods would travel to join them.


Birney Imes: Random notes

Posted 2/15/2014 in Local Columns

As Jeff Shepherd was pulling out of the parking lot of Columbus Inn and Suites Friday, he stopped his red Ford F-150, rolled down the window and shook his head. "You better be careful what you ask for," he said. "I told Lou Anne I wanted a red-hot Valentine, and I got this."


Rheta Johnson: Gestalt gardener with guts

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

WAVELAND -- I got to walk right past the shiny, new, Christmas-ornament-red hook and ladder truck at the fire department here to see one of my heroes, radio personality Felder Rushing. One recent Saturday morning he was speaking upstairs at the firehouse. I couldn't help but think about how many of the boys of my generation wanted to be firemen when they grew up. Never knew a single one who wanted to become "a gestalt gardener," which is how Felder describes himself.



Leonard Pitts: A few more thoughts on 'thug'

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

"I hate that thug music." This, according to Rhonda Rouer's testimony last week, is what her fiancee, Michael Dunn, said when they pulled into a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station next to an SUV full of black kids who had the stereo up high, pumping some obnoxious, bass-heavy rap.


Kathleen Parker: The poetry of bad news around Obamacare

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.


Our view: Council to residents: It's none of your business

Posted 2/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council will make board appointments to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus Municipal School District. Not that it's any of your business, of course.



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