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Home Base: Truth and myths about American exceptionalism

Posted 8/16/2017 in Local Columns

Every time you flip on a light switch, you are literally unleashing evidence the idea of American exceptionalism, at least in its traditionally accepted form, is false.

 

Bernard Goldberg: Trump's refusal to denounce bigotry

Posted 8/16/2017 in National Columns

I don't believe that Donald Trump is a racist. I don't think he's a closet white supremacist or a suit and tie neo-Nazi. I don't believe he hates Jews.

 

 

Our View: Confederate monuments: The time for conversation is now

Posted 8/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Only hours after a protest organized by white nationalists against the removal of a Confederate monument erupted in chaos and deadly violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Southern mayor announced the violence had caused him to speed up plans for relocating Confederate statuary in his town.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: If we erase our history, who are we?

Posted 8/15/2017 in National Columns

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Reflections after making another lap around the sun

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

Another birthday. Time for my annual rumination about life.

 

Possumhaw: Professor Wordsmith

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

"God wove a web of loveliness, of clouds and stars and birds, but made not anything at all so beautiful as words." Anna Hempstead Branch, American poet (1875-1937) There was a professor at The W whose name was Smith. Professor David Smith put a great emphasis on words. In fact, he terrorized students with the promise of brutal punishments in the form of bad grades if one misspelled, or misused, or placed little value in vocabulary.

 

Voice of the people: Joseph Boggess

 

 

Froma Harrop: Souls vs. fossil fuels

Posted 8/12/2017 in National Columns

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and quality of life.

 

Leonard Pitts: A case for name-calling

Posted 8/12/2017 in National Columns

A few words on trash-talking the president.

Patrick Buchanan: Is the American empire worth the price?

Posted 8/12/2017 in National Columns

"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight," Samuel Johnson observed, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

Ask Rufus: 'What brave noble fellows they were'

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.

 

Our View: Solar eclipse is a sight to behold

Posted 8/11/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

We've never seen anything quite like it. No, we are not referring to the solar eclipse that will travel a course across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bob Altman

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

 

 

Bernard Goldberg: Say the wrong thing and you can get fired. Google it.

Posted 8/11/2017 in National Columns

On CNBC, an entrepreneur named Marcus Lemonis was asked what kind of people he prefers to hire for his businesses.

 

 

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