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Our view: Health Care debate doesn't end with Court's ruling

Posted 6/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There was good news and bad news for Conservatives on Thursday. The Bad News was that the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration's health care plan constitutional. The Good News is that the plan covers Conniption Fits.

 

 

Our view: Library's move to e-books a welcome step

Posted 6/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Public libraries serve many functions. One of those functions, symbolic in nature, is to uphold the traditions and history of its community. For older generations, there is something almost reverential about a library, particularly an old library. It provides a link from present to past. For book lovers, libraries are a comforting place.

 

 

Voice of the people: Elizabeth Simpson

In "State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy," June 19 headline, if assumptions were holes in Swiss cheese, then the article was full of them.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Ah huh, so "journalists" are professionals who report & record the news, events of history as they happen w/o bias. Maybe once upon a time ...

 

Slimantics: Logic and emotion do battle in hospital sale discussions

Posted 6/26/2012 in Local Columns

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors moved briskly through the early portion of Monday's meeting, eager to get to the public comment portion of the agenda. Monday's meeting drew a crowd of about 60 spectators and the atmosphere of the board room was charged with emotion over the possible sale of Oktibbeha County Hospital. So, naturally, the first two citizens to speak talked about...roads.

Partial to Home: Standing ovation

Posted 6/23/2012 in Local Columns

Robert Boudreau during his stay here has said a lot of nice things about Columbus. The other night the founder and director of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra called the town a Brigadoon. It sounded complimentary, but until I went home and Googled it, I couldn't be sure.

Slimantics: Three miles in Savely's shoes...

Posted 6/22/2012 in Local Columns

In Thursday's paper, the Dispatch reported that Jill Savely had been hired as the new principal at Columbus High School. The story dutifully noted her professional background -- seven years as assistant principal and two years as a biology teacher at CHS and the fact that she was the district's 2009 administrator of the year.

Slimantics: Call off the dogs: School Board not at fault

Posted 6/21/2012 in Local Columns

In Wednesday's edition, the Dispatch reported about the Columbus Municipal School District's rejection of a $175,000 bid from Point of Grace Church for the Lee Middle School property and, yes, I know precisely what you were thinking: "This bunch could mess up a two-car funeral."

 

Voice of the people: Frank M. Davis

Our Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center is at a real crossroad. Many of you are aware that our Oktibbeha County Supervisors are considering selling or leasing "Our" Oktibbeha County Hospital (OCH) Regional Medical Center to an out of town private organization.

 

 

Our view: Apology accepted, but please move on

Posted 6/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was never the motive, but the method. On Tuesday, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell issued a press release that dealt with the controversial early-release program.

 

 

Our view: How will CMSD respond to likely demise of early-release programs?

Posted 6/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Department of Education has decided to put an end to the early-release programs that some of the state's school districts have employed. The State Board of Education made its ruling last week. Friday, they announced there would be a 25-day period in which residents can state their view on the matter.

 

 

Voice of the people: Harold Hinson

Editor's note: The following letter, transmitted by The Associated Press, was written to the McComb Enterprise Journal in response to a column by Jackson Northside Sun publisher Wyatt Emmerich about his unsuccessful day in court contesting a traffic ticket.

 

Possumhaw: In praise of homegrown tomatoes

Posted 6/18/2012 in Local Columns

Picking up one tomato, I slid the blade of the Pampered Chef knife easily across its rosy skin. The tomato yielded four thick slices. The tomato plants in the greenhouse are producing an ice cream-bucket full every other day.

 

Voice of the people: Jim Metrock

 

 

Our view: Upcoming concert reason to mark calendars for June 23

Posted 6/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus is fortunate to have many festivals, events and celebrations sprinkled liberally throughout the calendar year. Each plays a distinct role in helping Columbus develop and enhance a sense of community. We are at our best when we are together on such occasions, when the focus is not on the many things that often divide us, but on the interests and values that we share.

 

 

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My take: Thanks for reading

Posted 6/13/2012 in Local Columns

I knew it was time to stop writing a weekly column when writing one about stopping became easier to write. Over the last year or so, writing this column has been a significant part of my life. It's pushed me to think about Columbus. It's encouraged me to meet new people and allowed me to share my thoughts with strangers. It's also kept me up late many a Tuesday night.

 

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