August 31, 2009 3:12:00 PM
I woke up this wonderful Sunday morning with rain lurking in the air to find that some one had taken a large rock to our fairly new mailbox. I was appalled to see this. We moved here nine years ago and yet to find the Friendly City very friendly. We have gone to local churches to pray and find friends. Since work brought us here, we have no friends or family in the area. We can count the amount of friends that we have made on our hands. I didn''t know what prejudice was until I moved here. We have tried to embrace the Southern ways but to destroy ones personal property is out-right mean. With the economy the way it is we can''t afford to go out and buy another mailbox right away. So to those that think it is funny to run the streets and destroy property to get your kicks there are better ways.
We have some yard work that needs to be done and some trees hauled off to a brush pile. Some good old-fashion work will make you understand that things don''t come easy and you should respect our people''s property. Hopefully the ones that broke our mailbox will feel bad and offer to do work to pay off buying a new one.
melody commented at 9/1/2009 5:48:00 PM:
Welcome to Columbus MS..things are a changing for sure. Good luck getting help finding out who did it too..I would not count on our local "finest" police dept either. They are NO help at all!
Justin Smith commented at 9/1/2009 9:15:00 PM:
This ain't Mayberry! Never has and never will be!
But there are worse places to live I guess. Detroit,Chicago, Memphis, Jackson,Atlanta,Pickensville, and anywhere in Noxubee County!
Just don't upset the Mayor or his henchman and you'll be okay!
MS commented at 9/2/2009 12:49:00 AM:
Tina, I feel badly for you because your experience has been virtually identical to mine. We have gone to several churches here, actually joined one, but were never accepted in any of them. We have gotten involved in community activities, fund raisers, volunteer organizations, and the like, but the stigma of not being from "here" has closed most doors. Like you, we have very few friends, and most of them are not native to this area. I guess it's part of living in a small, insular town. I hope things get better for you; we're planning on moving when the economy improves and we can find jobs elsewhere.
Bernard Fife commented at 9/2/2009 10:55:00 AM:
I never has any issues in the city but if you live in the county, prepare to have your mailbox flattened at least once by a bat or car.
Andy K. commented at 9/2/2009 10:58:00 AM:
Let me address the subject of community organizations raised by MS.
I can't speak for every organization but please visit the Columbus East Lions Club on Airline Road on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. I think you will see we are very diverse club with respect to age, race, sex, and economic background. We work a lot of "fun" raising projects because we help a lot of local visually impaired people. We have several people from CAFB on our membership roll that atend meetings and work projects because they feel they "belong" to the club.
Visit http://www.columbuseastlions.com/ FMI.
j commented at 9/2/2009 1:36:00 PM:
Please visit Columbus Christian Center on McCrary Road across from the bowling ally. We welcome everyone. CCC is the healing place for hurting people.
Leeroy Jenkins commented at 9/2/2009 2:51:00 PM:
I believe her comment was about vandals. Not about being accepted in church clicks. I would like to know what community organizations, etc. you have been a part of.
newhopenative commented at 9/2/2009 3:04:00 PM:
I understand what you are going through. I was born and raised in new hope, a "suburb" of columbus. Everybody knew everybody and if you didn't have money, they didn't want to have anything to do with you. I have since grown up, and moved to vernon, AL. This town reminds me alot of new hope, I can count on ONE hand how many people I have acquaintances with. All towns are going to have the "cliques" and "church cliques" no matter how many times they say they don't. I think it's just that way in small towns...best of luck living in the ghetto I mean columbus.
Cynda commented at 9/2/2009 4:28:00 PM:
To The Hoffman Family, my family and I would be more than happy to invite you to be a part of us. We have travel down the same road several times and now I know that road will never get paved correctly.
Keep your strong faith in GOD! Sometimes you have to show mean and cruel people how strong your family love is. As for the, destruction of one's property, the same individual you call on for help might have a clue in who's officiated the vandalism. Please feel free to email anytime.
Someone who cares about others.
Wasmyhome commented at 9/2/2009 4:48:00 PM:
Born and raised in Columbus. It used to be a quaint little town with very little crime, discrimination was more exercised by the white folk in the community, unlike now where it obviously has taken a turn for quite the opposite but we still all got along pretty well. Columbus folks better watch it, some towns in the delta started a spiral down like this one is on and look at them now...I now choose Starkville to live just like so many others are...and will continue to
Roger Shilling commented at 9/3/2009 7:31:00 AM:
I wouldn't take the bashing of your mailbox personal, it was probably punks with nothing to do. The story of the traveling lady comes to mind. A lady traveling between towns asked an old man on the side of the road how the town was ahead, he asked about the town she left, she stated they're horrible people, he replied the same is ahead. A few minutes later another woman passes the man on the side of the road and asks how the town is ahead, he asked about the town she left, full of great people she said, the same is the town ahead he replied. As you read all these posts, there are many good people here, you get what you put in.
1. Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Thomas Sowell: Grim choices NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Our View: Unemployment rates show the importance of small business DISPATCH EDITORIALS
4. Our View: Leike and DeBardeleben deserve our gratitude DISPATCH EDITORIALS
5. Leonard Pitts: Pragmatism don't know Bernie NATIONAL COLUMNS