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Our View: The Lenten season

Posted 2/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If you see someone today with what looks to be a cross drawn with ashes on their foreheads, do not be alarmed. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the observance of Lent. The day derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers.

 

 

Heath Fisackerly : An open letter to the superintendent

My name is Heath Fisackerly and I am a sophomore at Columbus High School. I am extremely disappointed in the board's decision to terminate the contracts of teachers throughout the district. I was at the board meeting Monday the 12th of February and I couldn't understand a word being said.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Man against beast

Posted 2/21/2012 in Local Columns

The beaver didn't come last night. Sam thought that he would. "The beaver can hear the sound of running water; they know when the dam is broken."

 

Kayla Tew: The people have spoken on personhood

To the members of the Mississippi House Constitution Committee: On Nov. 8, 2011, Mississippi spoke on the issue of personhood. Fifty-eight percent of our great state voted down Initiative 26. Our citizens were well-informed when they voted. We were not mislead or influenced by scare tactics. We knew that personhood is not right for our state, nor is it right for any state.

 

 

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.

 

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