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Possumhaw: In praise of homegrown tomatoes

Posted 6/18/2012 in Local Columns

Picking up one tomato, I slid the blade of the Pampered Chef knife easily across its rosy skin. The tomato yielded four thick slices. The tomato plants in the greenhouse are producing an ice cream-bucket full every other day.

 

Voice of the people: Jim Metrock

 

 

Our view: Upcoming concert reason to mark calendars for June 23

Posted 6/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus is fortunate to have many festivals, events and celebrations sprinkled liberally throughout the calendar year. Each plays a distinct role in helping Columbus develop and enhance a sense of community. We are at our best when we are together on such occasions, when the focus is not on the many things that often divide us, but on the interests and values that we share.

 

 

An anonymous letter

 

My take: Thanks for reading

Posted 6/13/2012 in Local Columns

I knew it was time to stop writing a weekly column when writing one about stopping became easier to write. Over the last year or so, writing this column has been a significant part of my life. It's pushed me to think about Columbus. It's encouraged me to meet new people and allowed me to share my thoughts with strangers. It's also kept me up late many a Tuesday night.

Spears has much to learn ...

Posted 6/13/2012 in Local Columns

There were a few awkward moments during Monday's Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees meeting. Most of them involved Jason Spears, who is in his first year as a board member.

 

Our view: A crummy way to do business

Posted 6/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees pulled a fast one on the teachers and parents who came out to hear discussion on Superintendent Martha Liddell's proposal for "early dismissal Wednesdays" during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Possumhaw: Back in business

Posted 6/11/2012 in Local Columns

Shoving the can of "whitefish pate" into the trap, I closed the door. Sam came outside, "You're not going to use a whole can are you?" "Yes, I am," I answered, "I want to be sure to get him." I was trapping again; this time a feral cat. I can't even count the number of feral cats that have shown up at the Prairie house. I'm thinking it's because of our regular feeding habit. At the Bardwell's, the cats and everybody else get a regular feeding, including snacks.

Birney Imes: In praise of chickens

Posted 6/9/2012 in Local Columns

If the nursery or nursing business ever stalls out for Debbie Lawrence and Kim Rushing, they can take their show on the road. Both are natural comedians, who share a passion for an irresistible and timeless subject: chickens.

Adele Elliott: Jubilee

Posted 6/9/2012 in Local Columns

It certainly seems that the entirety of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth was thrilled to celebrate their Queen's Diamond Jubilee this week. Elizabeth II has "ruled" her realm for sixty years. Great Britain honored the occasion with enough pomp to last another 60 years.

 

Our view: Open primaries, a good idea that will never happen

Posted 6/8/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This month, California will actually follow a trend, for once. And for once, it's a trend Mississippi would do well to emulate.

 

 

Our view: Karriem and Mickens' opposition to paving projects defies logic

Posted 6/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Recently, the Columbus City Council meetings have taken on the aura of theater - theater of the absurd, to be more accurate.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: Hospital sale, Deja vu all over again

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Disagrees with writer's premise

 

 

Voice of the people: Sanders Weathby Sr.

Disturbed by votes of two councilmen

 

 

Our view: Politics enter the redistricting picture, imagine that

Posted 6/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

To understand a thing, you must first understand its nature. When a person kills another person it is generally considered a criminal act. But when a cat kills a mouse, no one considers it a crime (aside from the mouse, of course). The cat is not regarded as a murderer. It is simply being true to its cat nature. Allowances are made for that.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: Fond memories of days gone by

My wife and I returned to Columbus May 4th and 5th for the S. D. Lee High 50's Reunion. What a delightful weekend with many classmates whom I had not seen since their graduation in 1950. Everything was planned so carefully to make sure that those of us who had been away from our hometown for many years could easily attend each event.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Party affiliation irrelevant in local races For years I have wondered just what political party affiliation had to do with a candidate's ability to be a good sheriff, judge, coroner, school superintendent, DA or any other elected position that has nothing to do with politics. I think that school superintendents should be hired by local school boards, with qualifications established by a state board.

 

 

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