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Roses and Thorns 4-17-11

Posted 4/16/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Mississippi University for Women Interim President Allegra Brigham, the Mid-South Fly Fishers club, the volunteers of Clean Sweep Columbus, and Glenn Lautzenhiser.

 

Cameron Triplett: Our loved ones in letters

I, too, enjoyed the article on the lost art of letter writing, and meant to respond earlier.

 

Ask Rufus: Lost landmarks of Columbus

Posted 4/16/2011 in Local Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost.

 

Our opinion: The lost art of putting pen to paper

Posted 4/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us have them, tucked away in a box or closet: Letters that have been passed down through the generations.

 

 

Our opinion: Let's get serious about graffiti

Posted 4/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many police departments subscribe to the "broken window" theory of policing. This holds that police should get serious about preventing small crimes, such as vandalism.

 

 

James Clayton Terry: The lost art of the personal letter

How wonderful to think that April has been declared National Letter-Writing Month.

 

 

Jennifer Miller: A case for restoration

I am the proud owner of an 1890 Victorian home that I personally restored.

 

Scott Colom: The supervisor's race for District 5

Posted 4/13/2011 in Local Columns

Opinions about Supervisor Leroy Brooks are often variations of two views. Many complain that Supervisor Brooks is a polarizing figure who rallies voters in his district with demagoguery. While others praise Supervisor Brooks as a fighter, willing to stand up to the establishment and the injustices of the status quo.

 

Harvey Myrick: Grilling on the River

Many heartfelt thanks to all of our sponsors.

 

 

Anne Burkart: Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood tries to hide behind the pious pose of 'providing health care for women'.

 

 

Our View: The way out of Mississippi's food desert

Posted 4/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's a food desert? Many of us in Mississippi, one of the nation's most fertile states, have limited access to healthy foods.

 

 

Pat Kaye: Appreciate efforts to save 'aging lady'

The effort to save Friendship House could not have been possible without the valiant efforts of so many in the community.

 

 

Photos from Karen Overstreet's Africa Trip

Posted 4/11/2011 in Local Columns

Karen Overstreet recently took a trip to Kenya through a local non-profit foundation. She has written a three part feature on her trip and provided us with these photos.

 

Birney Imes: Elvis is alive and well (and living in the Masonic Subdivision)

Posted 4/10/2011 in Local Columns

The other day I got a call from Sandra Boone complaining about the delivery of her mother's paper. "She loves her paper, been reading it for years," Boone told me. She went on to say that her mother is an amputee and her previous carrier had put the paper under a weight on her wheelchair railing on the back porch. Sandra added that her mother was a retired beautician.

Local voices: 'My spirit leapt up within me': an African visit, Part 1

Posted 4/10/2011 in Local Columns

What began as an afternoon of horseback riding and a glass of wine on the front porch, ended in an invitation to an adventure of a lifetime, a journey that was both joyful and heartbreaking, both life-giving and incredibly draining.

Ask Rufus: A presidential visit to Columbus

Posted 4/9/2011 in Local Columns

Nov. 2, 1909, was to be a red letter day for Columbus. President William H. Taft was coming to town. He was to be accompanied by his Secretary of War, Hon. J. M. Dickinson, a Columbus native. (A few years later, Crawford native T. W. Gregory served as Woodrow Wilson's Attorney General.)

Local voices: 'They swarmed us like bees': an African visit, Part 2

Posted 4/9/2011 in Local Columns

The Limuru Children's Center, the primary focus of Global Connections, is home to 42 orphans. By our standards the facility is substandard, but when I went into town and other places, I realized how upscale Limuru is by comparison. The Center, a residential facility for elementary school age children, is open during the day for preschool children.

 

Our opinion: A decision built on sand

Posted 4/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: Get to know your neighbors

Posted 4/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Do you know your neighbors? Local attorney and Dispatch columnist Scott Colom asked this question in a column on this page yesterday, bemoaning the decline of our neighborhoods.

 

 

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