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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.

 

Leland James: Former Mayor disappointed in Sturgis Board of Alderman

During my tenure as mayor of Sturgis, former supervisor David Oswalt and myself procured grants and used county and city assets and Ralph Jackson's land donations to build a public park. This park has been open for ballgames, walking track, childrens playground, family reunions, political meetings, motorcycle rally. etc, and the soon to be go-cart races.

 

 

Selvain McQueen: Be Part of the Solution

Citizens, churches, neighborhood leaders, government officials, philanthropists, and educators must all pitch in with law enforcement to improve quality of life issues within the City of Columbus.

 

 

Our View: A dangerous breakdown in communication

Posted 10/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Local law enforcement seems to be at a loss on how to handle the recent surge in crime. Or at least how to communicate effectively enough to make us feel safe in our own backyard. The several shooting deaths in the past weeks already had us on edge.

 

 

Haley Barbour: PERS study to protect system solvency, public employees

Posted 10/8/2011 in Local Columns

Democrats and some in the news media have repeatedly criticized my decision to create a study commission to analyze the long-term solvency of the Public Employees' Retirement System. These attacks are aimed at politicizing a well-guided study commission and waging a fear-mongering campaign to scare state employees and retirees into voting Democrat during the 2011 legislative elections.

 

 

Cynthia Schafer: Concerns about PERS

 

 

Robert Ford: In support of Dolph Bryan

 

 

Our View: Sex education: It's about time

Posted 10/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

 

Scott Colom: Falcons look to defeat South Panola (again)

Posted 10/5/2011 in Local Columns

In 1999, the improbable happened. On a rainy Friday night, the Columbus Falcons beat the South Panola Tigers. At the time, South Panola was the defending 5A state champion, undefeated and building its reputation as a football powerhouse. In comparison, Columbus, which had recently been created by combing Lee High and Caldwell, had never had a winning season. The expectations for defeat were so widespread that classmates joked with CHS players about how badly the team would get beat.

 

Our View: Get involved

Posted 10/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The odds are stacked against us. In general, research shows children raised in single-parent households don't perform as well academically as peers who have both parents at home.

 

 

Our View: Register to vote ... and do it

Posted 10/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's decision time. On Nov. 8, we'll be called on to make important decisions, on the state and local levels. Republican Phil Bryant faces Democrat Johnny Dupree in the governor's race.

 

 

Eulalie Davis: Congratulations

The Council of Columbus Garden Clubs extends their congratulations to the recently appointed Director of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau, Nancy Carpenter.

 

 

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