I am not picking on Starkville Alderman Roy A. Perkins. I use him merely as an example of something that seems more and more prevalent these days, and not just among officials and politicians.
The recent massacre in a movie theater in Aurora, CO, has all the Liberals and anti-gun nut crowd slobbering with joy because they have new "ammunition" to use in railing against privately owned firearms.
Imagine three couples and a film crew crowded into a garage in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during a March rainstorm. In the garage six Chinese-American cooks are tending four sizzling woks.
Selvain McQueen has yet to reach his one-year anniversary as the Columbus Police Department's chief. In any organization, gaining a full understanding of your environment, personnel, relationships takes time.
The text message came over my cellphone at about 4 p.m. Monday. It was from Jeff Clark, one of our reporters, who was out covering the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau's month board meeting.
Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.
Picking up the phone, I dialed the 800 number. I knew, even as I did it, I was headed down that slippery slope.
There are always two sides to every story in Caledonia. The policy for water technician certification has been in place for several years. The water department technician had to take the exam within a certain amount of time. Once the technician passed the exam, a one dollar per hour raise would be added to his pay. Once the technician became certified, another dollar per hour would be added.
The longer I am around public officials, the more convinced I am of one simple truth: Sixty-percent of the truth is worse than 100 percent of a lie.
With regards to the article entitled "Judge Kitchens frustrated with state sentencing laws" which ran in your paper on June 9, 2012, 1 would like to offer additional information and facts that were not covered in the story. The task before MDOC daily is to provide quality security, custody, control and care to 22,000 offenders currently locked up and an additional 38,503 offenders under the supervision of community corrections.
The advantage leading has over pushing is that you are a lot less likely to get kicked when you lead. Over the past few months, it has sometimes been hard to determine where the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been in front of the issues or behind them.
You know, mommas are always the ones to do all the work for the pets and you always wonder why they don't want any, or any more, pets.
Sustainability leader and Starkville Alderman Jeremiah Dumas is proposing a garage sale ordinance. The ordinance means police must enforce it and clerks must handle the paperwork. A study in Carney Point, NJ, showed that permit revenue fell far short of meeting administrative/enforcement expense. That could happen in Starkville.
Just as cooks like to combine seemingly incompatible flavors into tasty and agreeable dishes, I enjoy making apparently opposite ideas into productive or provocative thought.