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Our View: City's purchase of Gilmer displays spirit of optimism

Posted 12/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Once, it was a nod to the earliest days of the city's history.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: A resurgence of intolerance

Posted 12/1/2015 in National Columns

Storm trooper tactics by bands of college students making ideological demands across the country, and immediate preemptive surrender by college administrators -- such as at the University of Missouri recently -- bring back memories of the 1960s, for those of us old enough to remember what it was like being there, and seeing first-hand how painful events unfolded.

 

 

Susan Estrich: God bless America

Posted 12/1/2015 in National Columns

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear.

 

 

Let pharmacies prescribe birth control

Posted 11/30/2015 in National Columns

Back in 1933, Rep. Walter Pierce of Oregon introduced a bill in Congress to let doctors discuss birth control with their patients. The need for such a bill showed how controversial the subject was. But this was the heart of the Great Depression, when impoverished Americans could barely feed the children they had.

 

 

There's salesmanship, and there's pure deception

Posted 11/30/2015 in National Columns

There's nothing new about the need for buyers to beware, but the Internet has provided a whole new arena for deception.

 

 

Other editors: The twin towers of denial

Posted 11/30/2015 in National Columns

Donald Trump loves to pick on Hillary Clinton. That's no surprise, given Trump is a Republican running for president and Clinton is a Democrat doing the same thing.

 

Ask Rufus: The stories in a name

Posted 11/28/2015 in Local Columns

I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.

Shannon Bardwell: The way we remember it

Posted 11/28/2015 in Local Columns

Family gatherings always allow for the conjuring up of old memories. Grown up siblings begin their tales: Sister says, "Remember when we lived over in east Columbus and we put the Christmas tree in that front window and... Brother interrupts, "No, we didn't live in that house. We put the Christmas tree in the front window after we got to the new house." Sister insists, "No I'm sure it was in east Columbus."

Kathleen Parker: We look in the mirror and see ... Donald Trump

Posted 11/28/2015 in National Columns

Surely he's finally gone and done it now. Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying a level of cruelty and meanness heretofore only suspected.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Posted 11/28/2015 in National Columns

OXFORD -- Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Bam, bam, bam. The trifecta of holidays. The middle one was this week. Like a middle child, it becomes lost in the shuffle.

 

 

Froma Harrop: What happened to Jeb Bush? Too much money

Posted 11/28/2015 in National Columns

Jeb Bush has dropped into single digits in the polls -- and that's just among Republicans in his home state of Florida. What happened to the man with all the money, top name recognition and, according to last year's political sages, a clear shot at his party's presidential nomination?

 

Lynn Spruill: Marketing the holidays

Posted 11/27/2015 in Local Columns

It is time for the rollout of a new batch of Christmas and holiday commercials.

Slimantics: Lessons in gratitude from an 8-year-old

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

Today is Thanksgiving and among older celebrants, it is as much a time for reflection on Thanksgivings past as it is for the holiday we observe today.

 

Rheta Johnson: Thankful for small moments of peace

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

The world's problems are best solved with old friends around a warm fire in the kitchen stove in Fishtrap Hollow.

 

 

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