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Letter to the editor: Both sides of the story in Caledonia

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.

 

Slimantics: Allgood's 60 percent ...

Posted 7/11/2012 in Local Columns

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.

 

Letter to the Editor: Corrections commissioner responds to Judge Kitchens' comments

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.

 

 

Our view: Starkville Aldermen: Lead or push?

Posted 7/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

Possumhaw: The loss of a pet

Posted 7/9/2012 in Local Columns

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.

 

Letter to the Editor: Opposes garage sale ordinances

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.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: Of patriotism and 'fat cats'

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.

 

 

Our view: In Caledonia, the cure is worse than the illness

Posted 7/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If the folk who run the town of Caledonia had divine powers, you suspect they would turn the blind man lame.

 

 

Our view: 'The better angels of our nature'

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It began in April of 1775 as an armed conflict by a small group of Colonists fighting for their rights as subjects to the British crown.

 

 

Our view: Is EMCC back in the Country Club mix?

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was the best plan 14 months ago. It remains the best plan today.

 

 

Bill Boggess/Local Voices: A compassionate health-care system

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I went to the doctor the other day and it got me thinking about the French medical plan. Why the French plan? Because I've been living in France for 28 years, and enjoying the benefits of their medical system.

 

Possumhaw: Bass fishing reveries

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I pointed my fishing pole toward Sam. "Look!" As we faced each other in the fishing boat, he quickly looked behind him. "What?" "My pole!" There between us was my new fishing pole with a good two feet dangling off the end. "You scared me," he said, "I thought you saw a snake or an alligator. We'll go back and get your old one."

 

Voice of the people: Michael Lightsey

In my 40 years as a resident here, I have heard praise and criticism of Oktibbeha County Hospital. Often, pros and cons are part of the subjective nature of hospital experiences whether it is a renowned world-class medical center or a more traditional facility primarily servicing a community or region.

 

Jay Lacklen: Archeological talk spurs fantastical journey back in time

Posted 6/30/2012 in Local Columns

Naturalist Pat Arinder's talk on the archeological history of local Indian culture presented at the Plymouth Bluff Center last Sunday brought back several quandaries I have pondered.

 

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.

 

 

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