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Scott Colom: The epidemic of absent fathers

Posted 1/18/2012 in Local Columns

This time every year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday invokes memories of King's "I have a dream" speech. King's description of an integrated America, one where we are all judged "by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin," beautifully explains why people were willing to put so much effort and energy into the civil rights movement.

 

Susan Estrich: The people have spoken

Posted 1/13/2012 in Local Columns

The people have spoken -- all 126,185 of them. That's how many votes turned Mitt Romney into the Republican nominee, for all intents and purposes. In a country with more than 300 million people, less than a tenth of a half of a percent have picked one of the two men who could be the next president of the United States.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Pious baloney 2.0

Posted 1/12/2012 in Local Columns

WASHINGTON -- One thing we've learned since the Republican primary season began: There's an awful lot of pious baloney out there.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The missing 'humanity clause' at Bain

Posted 1/12/2012 in Local Columns

During the Great Depression, my father toiled in a box factory. The workers were all flat broke, he recalled, and desperate for every nickel. But when overtime hours appeared, the men made sure they went to a guy with kids. The laborers were obeying the unwritten and unenforceable "humanity clause," whereby one gives up some personal gain in deference to another's screaming need.

 

Scott Colom: Reflections on 2001 class reunion

Posted 1/11/2012 in Local Columns

Growing up, class reunions appeared to be a big deal. People would plan them for months; people would travel great distances to attend, and everyone would dress up and reflect on high school. It almost seemed like a school dance for adults.

Birney Imes: Lost art

Posted 1/7/2012 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon around 1:30 a friend and I stood in the middle of the intersection of Seventh Avenue North and 15th Street. We had just finished fried chicken plate lunches at Helen's, and were enjoying being out in the warm sunshine. As we talked, two brick masons worked on new crosswalks at the intersection.

Ask Rufus: The St. Stephen's Trace

Posted 12/31/2011 in Local Columns

The St. Stephen's Trace is a little-known but very historic road that once ran from John Pitchlynn's residence at the present site of the John Stennis (Columbus) Lock and Dam to St. Stephen's, which is about 50 miles north of Mobile.

 

Birney Imes: December closings cause for alarm

Posted 12/30/2011 in Local Columns

 

Shannon Bardwell: God rest ye merry gentlemen

Posted 12/30/2011 in Local Columns

Phil Callaway announced his New Year's resolution, "I think I'll start out by going around the house tightening jars. That way my wife will need me all year." In a funny way, Phil wants to be needed.

Scott Colom: Advice for Chief McQueen

Posted 12/28/2011 in Local Columns

After being robbed last week, I went through the five stages of grief. First, I was too shocked to believe it. As I stared at the spot where my TV usually hung and the place where my X-Box 360 usually rested, I kept expecting the items to reappear.

Birney Imes: Cars and cell phones

Posted 12/17/2011 in Local Columns

While it may be a little early to be thinking about resolutions for 2012, it's past time we consider the relationship between cell phones and driving.

Shannon Bardwell: A wishbone Christmas

Posted 12/14/2011 in Local Columns

This will be a different Christmas. For one, the traditional 20-foot tree will become a ghost of Christmas past. Each year we have trekked over hill and dell, through the mud and briars, to find the perfect tree. The tree was hoisted over barbed-wire fences, through a ditch or two and tugged onto the brush trailer.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Feds have kept Mississippi afloat

Posted 12/9/2011 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- A problem for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant is this: If the federal government adopts his self-professed "tight-fisted" fiscal style, Mississippi will go belly up. In an instant.

 

Scott Colom: A children's museum

Posted 12/7/2011 in Local Columns

During a recent conversation with a friend about the Columbus Visitors' Bureau, an idea for a new project for the CVB came to us. The discussion started because we, like many, have been surprised by the numerous controversies surrounding the CVB this year.

 

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