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Birney Imes: Search for pine tree evokes childhood memories

Posted 2/18/2012 in Local Columns

Got out of bed Saturday morning intending to plant a pine tree. In winter, the orange glow of the security lights in neighbors' backyards makes ours look like a set in a David Lynch movie. Maybe a fast-growing pine could help things.

 

 

Woodrow "Woodie" Howell : School funding

What happened to all the tax money from the casinos that was supposed to go to the school system?

 

 

Patti Drapala: Excited about the caucuses

I routinely sleep late on weekends, but I won't on Feb. 18, which is this Saturday. Mississippi Democrats are holding their statewide precinct caucuses that day, and for the first time, I plan to participate at the basic level of the selection process for president of the United States.

 

 

Raymond Gross: Supports Newt

Let me tell you about the man I endorse for president.

 

 

Our View: Encouraging news on the sex ed front

Posted 2/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

For too long, sex education has been a four-letter word in the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Teachers and the health of towns

It is a sad situation when anyone must be terminated due to lack of funds, especially those who's job is educating our youth. Education is key not only to their future, but that of our nation as well.

 

 

Our View: Teacher cuts, a better way

Posted 2/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The formula is simple: Cut 54 teachers; save $2.1 million. And with personnel accounting for 76 percent of the Columbus schools' budget, it's an easy target for cost savings.

 

 

Our View: Reversal of fortune

Posted 2/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus continues to lose population as residents move away or flock to the county to avoid higher taxes.

 

 

Our View: Give 'em hell, Harry

Posted 2/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

We think the Columbus City Council has more important issues to worry about than what Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said in front of a civic club. Speaking to the Columbus Rotary Club last week, Sanders said there were some people appointed to city boards "who couldn't tie their shoes."

 

Birney Imes: Chocolate chip pancakes and homemade sausage

Posted 2/4/2012 in Local Columns

On the day when much of the world was in a lather over social media behemoth Facebook going public, 800 people gathered for a pancake supper in Noxubee County.

 

Our View: Board appointments

Posted 2/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Harry Sanders is good at pointing the finger. Tuesday, he turned it toward one of his favorite targets, the city of Columbus.

 

 

Toni Caldwell: Disgraceful behavior

The way that some board members of the CVB, employees and elected officials attending the meetings conduct themselves is a disgrace to Columbus and deserving of chastisement from citizens.

 

 

Jack White: A letter to city judges

Dear Judge Marc Amos and Judge Nicole Clinkscales: More than 60 households in The Northside Neighborhood Watch have realized that citizens must accept responsibility for the quality of life in Columbus.

 

 

Robert A. White: War on drugs a failure

The city is experiencing a increase in crime, and burglary is just one aspect. I attended the Jan. 17 city council meeting. Police Chief McQueen is concerned about the level to which crime in the city has risen.

 

Scott Colom: Help paint the town

Posted 2/1/2012 in Local Columns

As a city planner, Christina Berry knows the importance of keeping up appearances. Since her appointment late last year, Christina has been busy putting together a strategic long term plan for the city. In the meantime, though, she's also been thinking about easy ways to keep Columbus beautiful.

 

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