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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.

Ask Rufus: Stories to preserve

Posted 11/6/2010 in Local Columns

This Thursday marks Veterans Day. I have been blessed to have grown up as a child surrounded by relatives who were veterans of not only World War II, but also World War I and the Spanish-American War.

Birney Imes: Classmates

Posted 11/6/2010 in Local Columns

Running a political campaign is a lot like organizing a class reunion, says Rex Gillis. He should know. Gillis, who has put together half a dozen reunions for his high school graduating class, managed Alan Nunnelee's successful Congressional campaign in Lowndes County.

 

Shop locally this holiday season

Posted 11/6/2010 in Local Columns

The Christmas season has begun.

 

Birney Imes: Hamburgers like none other

Posted 10/30/2010 in Local Columns

When I was a kid, my mother on Saturday nights would pile us children into her Buick station wagon and take us to a drive-in on Sand Road for hamburgers.

 

Scott Colom: Facts matter

Posted 10/28/2010 in Local Columns

President Barack Obama is not a Muslim. He isn't secretly trying to replace capitalism in America with socialism. This means he isn't a communist. He didn't inherit an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial gene from his father that causes him to hate small businesses. He doesn't look like Hitler. He doesn't have a deep-seated hatred of white people that is going to result in his banning the possession of firearms. He wasn't born in Kenya.

 

Birney Imes: Political endorsements

Posted 10/26/2010 in Local Columns

If you've ever run a business, chances are you've had to conduct a job interview. As a manager, the decisions about the people you put in positions of responsibility are among the most consequential you make for your company.

 

Carol Littlejohn: Moving evokes flood of memories

Posted 10/25/2010 in Local Columns

Well, I guess you have wondered where in this world I have been. I have been doing that little something called building a new house. Yes, the next phase of my life is beginning. Blue Cross is right about somethings - I have found myself in another age bracket and you guessed it, a rate increase.

 

Birney Imes: Finding honor in compromise

Posted 10/23/2010 in Local Columns

Monday afternoon, in a room that looked like a set from Gone with the Wind, Dewitt Hicks called to order the monthly board meeting of the Columbus/Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

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