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Birney Imes: Talking chain saws with Sebastian Junger

Posted 10/22/2011 in Local Columns

OK, your first book ("The Perfect Storm") spent three years on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a motion picture starring George Clooney; you've worked as a war correspondent in Africa and in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair; you wrote a much-acclaimed book ("War") and co-produced an Academy Award nominated documentary ("Restrepo") from the Afghanistan experience. You would think someone with that sort of success and the accompanying fanfare -- scores of book signings, TV appearances, readings, even a turn on Hollywood's red carpet -- might be a little stuffy, a little jaded when dealing with admirers in a far-flung small town in the South.

 

Shannon Wallace: Supports Amendment 26

The controversy surrounding the proposed Amendment 26 to the Mississippi Constitution is overwhelming, or at least it was until I had an epiphany of sorts yesterday.

 

 

Eighth Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 early entry deadline approaching

Posted 10/22/2011 in Local Columns

The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.

 

 

Sandra Cathey: One woman's answer to Amendment 26

I am frightened at the loss of women's rights. Amendment 26 will take away women's liberties, freedom, and control over their bodies. This amendment is against the Constitution of the United States of America.

 

 

Our view: Lowndes schools reaching for the stars

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Last year, Lowndes County School District was considered successful based on its state test scores and other measures. This year, the district moved up in ranking to high performing, which means the district outperformed averages on the national report card.

 

 

Mayor George Gerhart: Celebrate Caledonia

On behalf of the Town of Caledonia I would like to thank the vendors, all volunteers, performers, people from all over the countryside who attended both Friday and Saturday activities, organizations that donated, friends, churches, and those that I might not have mentioned.

 

 

Alderman Steve Honnoll: A blemish on an otherwise successful Caledonia Day

I would like to say a big thank you, to everyone who had a part in Caledonia Day 2011. This event could not have been possible without the vendors, sponsors and people who attended Friday night and Saturday.

 

 

Susan T. Bell: Takes offense to thorn

I personally take offense to the "Thorn" you gave to the Caledonia Board of Alderman. You published your opinion about something you had no idea about. Yes, the board may have given a "cool" reception to the mayor's suggestion that he be chairman of the Christmas parade.

 

 

Our View: Chief search offers new challenges

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening the names of the top five candidates for the Columbus Police Chief were announced at the city council meeting. One of the five was interim chief Selvain McQueen. The name of another, Nathaniel Clark of Albany, Ga., may ring a bell with some. Clark was a finalist in the 2007 search that resulted in Joe St. John being named chief.

 

Birney Imes: The search for a winner

Posted 10/15/2011 in Local Columns

Reading resumes is a bit like reading tea leaves, I would think. The art of telling fortunes by studying the residue in the bottoms of wine glasses and tea and coffee cups is called tasseography. How it's done, I have no idea. Over the years, though, I've read a lot of resumes. Last week I was among 21 Columbians looking at the resumes of 25 people who want to be Columbus' next police chief.

 

Our View: The weekend offers autumn festivals for every interest

Posted 10/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

There are signs. A welcome cool ushers away the summer heat as crisp mornings and evenings call for sweaters. The first leaves begin to brighten. And suddenly fall has tip-toed in

 

 

Ellender W. McClure: Saving the post office

In response to your editorial of Sept. 22 on "Save the Post Office" I wrote to the Washington office. Enclosed is both my letter and their response which gives the address to write concerning our post office.

 

 

Delores Belhumeur: Speaking out for the post office

Taking seriously the "Our View" in the "Opinion" section of the Dispatch of Sept. 22, 2011, I wrote the PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) to urge the saving of our downtown post office.

 

 

Our View: The search continues

Posted 10/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.

 

 

Gary L. Holtman: Fines as revenue

Wyatt Emmerich, in today's (Sept 28, 2011) Dispatch, spoke at length of the fact (and, yes, it certainly is fact) that many governmental agencies use fines of all sorts as a funding measure. Now, first of all, a fine is supposed to be used as a deterrent, never a money making deal. It does happen, however wrong it is.

 

 

Charles O. Perkins: Downtown parking

I still do not understand how an automobile can remain parked in front of my store on Main Street since early Saturday morning with only one ticket.

 

Scott Colom: Character best deterrent to crime

Posted 10/12/2011 in Local Columns

Most local media outlets carried the story of the strong-arm house robbery several weeks ago, but for me it was very personal. While not an immediate member of my family, the victim has worked with my father's law firm for years and is loved by my family as if she were a member.

 

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