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Birney Imes: Local politics: Why you should care

Posted 6/11/2011 in Local Columns

Take away family, friends and candidates and you might have had a handful of people at Thursday's political forum put on by the Columbus-Lowndes Voters League. Why there weren't more folks there, I haven't a clue.

 

Frank Coe: A 'base kid' remembers

Dear Birney, The summer of 1968 my Dad was transferred back to Louisiana and that is where I finished high school, went to college, and raised my family. Every now and then I make contact with someone from Columbus and we even pass through the town on occasion.

 

 

Our View: Smoke detectors save lives

Posted 6/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Eighty people died in fires in Mississippi last year. Only in two of those incidents were there smoke detectors. In one of those cases, it is unknown whether the detector was working.

 

 

Steve Mullen: A new chapter and verse, in Oxford

Posted 6/9/2011 in Local Columns

The move is decidedly Mississippian, done in a Mississippi way: Boxes and belongings lashed to the back of a borrowed pickup snaking down two-lane highways, passing Una and Egypt and Okolona, dodging slow-moving tractors and roadkill.

 

 

Our View: Council should put more effort in board appointments

Posted 6/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's questionable when any elected official says he made a weighty decision simply because someone asked him nicely.

 

Jay Lacklen: Vacation revelations

Posted 6/7/2011 in Local Columns

A May vacation to Spain via military space-available transportation presented two revelations I had not anticipated or sought. I thought relaxation and sightseeing would be my most stringent tasks, yet events impinged.

 

Birney Imes: A short drive to an earlier time

Posted 6/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

By 8:30 Saturday morning Beth and I were coffeed up and headed east on 82. Our destination: Gordo, AL, for the town's annual celebration of the mule and the chicken, Mule Day Chicken Fest.

 

 

Our View: News makes us wonder, are we safe?

Posted 6/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Over in Starkville, they've got the knives out. The city was rocked by two stabbings on Tuesday. The one that caught everyone's attention was the 6 a.m. attempted robbery at Shipley Donuts, which is nestled in a popular, busy strip mall along Highway 12.

 

 

Our opinion: Summer resolutions: Teach the kids, and get out and about

Posted 6/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is here. Inevitably, some of our kids will experience a slide -- and we're not talking about the Slip 'n' Dip.

 

Scott Colom: Keep children active during summer months

Posted 6/1/2011 in Local Columns

Scrolling through the homepage for my Facebook account this morning, a post by Judge Nicole Clinkscales caught my attention.

 

Raymond Gross: Medicare plans

I was a little surprised The Dispatch would publish such an obvious false political statement about Congressman Ryan's proposal to save our Medicare. I'm referring to the Mike Luckovich cartoon, (Thursday, May 26, "Hangover II,") that appeared on the opinion page.

 

 

John Dorroh: Changing rules

It seems that rules and by-laws are changed often here in Columbus when it is going to work to a favored person's advantage. If I am correct, then why does this happen?

 

Birney Imes: Inside the mind of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

Each year the U.S. Air Force gathers its best and brightest mid-level officers and sends them to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL., for what is called War College. There for 10 months these future military leaders, most of whom are seasoned warriors, turn their attention from suicide bombers, laser-guided missiles and helicopter rescues to matters of policy.

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day and the legacy of Dr. William Sykes

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.

Sheila Nasekos: Appreciates Newcomers' Orientation

I just wanted to thank all of the people who made the Newcomers' Orientation such a success.

 

Our opinon: Remember the real meaning of Memorial Day

Posted 5/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

But before we set off on our Memorial Day weekend, we should all pause to remember this number: 1,344,000.

 

 

Myra Ford: Remedy for Country Club's financial woes

I saw the article in the paper about the bankruptcy of the Country Club. I had some ideas to cook up some revenue for the club. Right now you are offering $35 for golfing fees.

 

 

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