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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.



Wyatt Emmerich: We have much to be thankful for

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

There are many harvest festivals around the world, but Thanksgiving as we know it is a unique American holiday.



Froma Harrop: Are you happy?

Posted 11/25/2015 in National Columns

Like many others, I can't resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I'm always on the lookout for pointers.



Kathleen Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

Posted 11/25/2015 in National Columns

One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?



Patrick Buchanan: Will Europe man up?

Posted 11/24/2015 in National Columns

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.



Voice of the people: Mike Murphy



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar, Jr.



Voice of the people: Bob Altman



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