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Shannon Bardwell: By the light of the moon

Posted 3/13/2012 in Local Columns

The moon was full and barely tipped the canopy of the trees, its parchment-colored sphere overlaid by bare twigs. As we moved across the Prairie I strained to look back. There could be no prettier sight if I had paid millions to hike majestic mountains or cruise the South Seas, and all of this beauty right here, right where I live in the Prairie. It's true; happiness is found in your own backyard and the grass is not greener anywhere else.

Ask Rufus: The Tragic Story of the Eliza Battle

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Columns

When warm wet weather in early March is suddenly followed by storms and rapidly dropping temperatures, I can not help but think of the ill-fated Eliza Battle.

Roses and Thorns 3-11-12

Posted 3/10/2012 in Roses & Thorns

Roses and Thorns for 3-11-12

 

Cameron Triplett: Doing what's right for children and society

There is no one simple cure-all answer to the problem of welfare children.

 

 

Our View: Bomb threats: This makes seven

Posted 3/8/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

As we wrote here two weeks ago in response to the third incident this year at Columbus High (the sixth in the county), bomb threats are a drag on the system.

 

Scott Colom: Society's focus should be on improving parenting

Posted 3/7/2012 in Local Columns

Ever since I read about the legislative bills to require welfare recipients to be drug tested and do community service, I've been asking myself why people associate public assistance with laziness and drug use.

 

Cameron Triplett: The 'R' word

I find it disgusting that some think that racism still exists to the extent that when someone doesn't get their way, their opponent of another race must automatically be racist.

 

 

Selvain McQueen: Aggrieved by thorn

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote a well-known document, "The Declaration of Independence," in which he summarized the ideals of individual liberty that had been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. Jefferson set forth a list of grievances against the king in order to justify, before the world, the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Moonshine, a business opportunity

The article and column in Sunday's paper about the fellows who got caught making moonshine was very interesting and further shows how economic development is stifled in our state.

 

 

Our View: Unpaid fines, a reminder

Posted 3/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week an acquaintance received in the mail a notice from the city about unpaid fines. In her case, it was $20 in parking tickets. The letter said she had until March 15 to pay the fine. We were encouraged to see the city moving aggressively to collect unpaid fines. No doubt it, like most municipalities, can use the money.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Hometown heroes and houses

Posted 3/6/2012 in Local Columns

Every jaw hit the ground, and I felt I had suddenly been zapped naked. I knew I had asked the unthinkable when I had pointed to the charming brick building north of the library and asked, "What building is that?"

 

Birney Imes: Whiskey River don't run dry

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

Two moonshiners were arrested on Thursday.

 

Roses and thorns 3-4-12

Posted 3/3/2012 in Roses & Thorns

Roses and thorns for 3-4-12

Ask Rufus: The long history of Columbus air bases

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

This week Columbus Air Force Base will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. The base follows a 199 year tradition of military installations in the Columbus area.

 

Letter to the Editor: Supports Romney

It is very exciting that the presidential primary in Mississippi is important this year. Because the nomination has yet to be decided, we have an opportunity to help elect the next Republican nominee. Mississippi citizens should take this very seriously.

 

 

Our View: The bumpy road to spring

Posted 3/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Seems Mother Nature is her most whimsical in the spring. And, not always in a good way. Less than a year ago in April, tornadoes ripped through Smithville and Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving in their wake death and a swath of destruction still visible.

 

 

Our view: A rudderless ship

Posted 3/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When looking for words to describe recent actions of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board, resolute and rational do not come to mind.

 

Scott Colom: A high speed investment for the future

Posted 3/1/2012 in Local Columns

There is often much talk about how the government can support entrepreneurs and small businesses.

 

Our view: The R-word

Posted 2/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Shannon Bardwell: A welcome old coot

Posted 2/28/2012 in Local Columns

It's a strange sight to see a bird swimming through the clear water, a bream -- a small bass, a carp, a turtle, followed by a bird. It all started when Sam hollered out, "There's a bird under the dock." Near the dock a bird suddenly popped up from under the water; the bird was a coot. I wondered why the coot was all alone and suggested he may have lost his mate. Sam said, "Maybe he's just an old coot." Sam's funny like that.

 

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