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Scott Colom: Questioning motives

Posted 1/12/2011 in Local Columns

I've recently written about the problems with our current political discourse. This week I experienced examples of this on the local and state level.

Birney Imes: Leave Huck Finn alone

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' There was nothing before. And there has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway in 1935 Mark Twain, dead for a 100 years, is still causing a ruckus. No doubt he would have something quotable to say about this latest business.

Jay Lacklen: OK, what's with the hats?

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

I must ask a question, why do men wear their baseball hats while dining in restaurants? I admit I might be a bit of a prig on such things since, in the Air Force, I'd have been pounced upon and severely upbraided if, while in uniform, I didn't take off my hat immediately when coming indoors, or immediately put it on when going outdoors.

Scott Colom: Wells Cleaners -- bigger than a person

Posted 1/5/2011 in Local Columns

When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.

Birney Imes: Meaningful conversation

Posted 1/1/2011 in Local Columns

If you're not one to submit to the discipline of a New Year's resolution, but you would like to make improvements, December's "Psychology Today" may have your answer: Talk more. Not just any talk, thoughtful conversation.

 

Sherman Meadows: Never famous

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

The CBS news had a recap tonight of the famous people that died this year. They included Congressmen, Senator, Artist, Composers; men and women of power if politics and entertainment.

 

Scott Colom: The journey home

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

My journey home has led me to many experiences I never imagined when I graduated from Columbus High school 10 years ago. I had no clue what I would study at Millsaps College.

 

Marty Wiseman: We have a brief truce?

Posted 12/28/2010 in Local Columns

Many will remember the almost unbelievable story of perhaps the most famous Christmas truce ever. It was during World War I on the battlefields of Flanders. In that winter of 1914 what has been described as one of the most unusual events in human history occurred.

 

Birney Imes: Snow on a Christmas morn

Posted 12/26/2010 in Local Columns

As I write this on Christmas morning, the snow is quickly disappearing. In the next room someone is playing the soundtrack from "Love Actually," the movie that for us has become a family Christmas tradition.

 

Bill Crawford: Dances of the sugar plum politicians

Posted 12/20/2010 in Local Columns

Ho, ho, ho. No, no, that's not Santa Claus. Those are chuckles at the spectacle of sugar plum politicians as they dance around potent issues.

 

Birney Imes: Freezing for a good cause

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

Late Wednesday afternoon as I was driving to Walmart, there was a bit on the radio about John Hammond. If you've ever enjoyed the music of Billie Holiday, Bennie Goodman, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, you have John Hammond to thank.

Ask Rufus: A December barbecue, 470 years ago

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

The native American pig had become extinct at the end of the last Ice Age probably about 10,000 years ago. It was Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who reintroduced what is now Alabama and Mississippi to pork.

 

Scott Colom: Another century of American exceptionalism

Posted 12/6/2010 in Local Columns

Despite the current chatter in many corners about the decline of America, I believe America's best days are ahead of us. I'm optimistic that America will prosper in the 21st century as much as it has in past centuries.

 

Birney Imes: Christmas memories

Posted 12/4/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night after an hour or so of Wassail Fest, my mate and I and another couple slid into a booth of a popular downtown restaurant. The place was packed; we had waited 40 minutes for a table.

 

Marty Wiseman: Can the Democrats recover by 2012?

Posted 11/30/2010 in Local Columns

The implications of the 2010 mid-term elections are still evolving. What has become clear at this juncture is that there is more at stake in the 2012 Presidential elections than we have witnessed in several generations.

 

Birney Imes: Small blessings close to home

Posted 11/27/2010 in Local Columns

If on Thanksgiving morning you were in charge of the first meal and you knew the second one was going to be a feast, I suppose you could be forgiven for resorting to donuts on your watch.

Ask Rufus: Playing ball, 181 years ago

Posted 11/27/2010 in Local Columns

Ball games have been a part of Native American culture since prehistoric times. Early French missionaries among the Choctaw found them playing a form of stickball in 1729. Stickball in various forms was popular among almost all Indians in eastern North America. It was from stickball that the modern game of lacrosse evolved.

Birney Imes: Speaking of trees

Posted 11/20/2010 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon Spencer Smith is standing under the chestnut tree next to the parking lot of Covenant Life Ministries on Yorkville Road. Smith, who has worked with plants for more than half of his 28 years, reaches down with a pair of pruning shears and picks up one of the spiked brownish burrs that enclose the nut.

Birney Imes: Everything matters

Posted 11/13/2010 in Local Columns

On a glorious Friday afternoon at the end of a week of glorious afternoons, an old friend visiting from a northern state and I set out for a walk across the river. Bob and his wife, Deborah, are here for a few days, at the tail end of a two-week swing through the South.

Rufus Ward: Hunting's roots run deep

Posted 11/13/2010 in Local Columns

I have several friends who believe that there are three important holidays each year: Christmas, opening day of deer season and opening day of turkey season. The roots of hunting in the South run deep. References to hunting are included in the earliest accounts of the settlement of the Columbus area.

 

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