Chris Colley is a holy man who sleeps under bridges. This year he has also slept in a preacher's garage apartment and recently camped behind the farm shop of a Mennonite in Aberdeen. He's just finished reading a book about Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln he got while in Hopkinsville, Ky., but mostly he reads from a red, palm-sized Gideon's Bible.
In Thursday's edition Susan Estrich had an oped titled "Real change" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She doubts that a President McCain or VP Palin would have signed this legislation allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.
Mississippi's sunshine laws are meager when compared to other states. Certain personnel matters, for instance, are discussed in open session in Alabama and Tennessee. And the records are public.
I applaud this board of alderman for taking a patient and thoughtful approach in deciding how to build a new police station. No one has ever debated that we badly need to build a police station, but most in this community have strong feelings about how it should be built.
It's time for us to move forward and build a police station. For 10 years now we've battled each other as a community over questions like "where should it be?" and "how much should it cost?" These are fair questions to ask but not at the expense of being able to meet a need that is too obvious to ignore.
Last week, Mississippi's Center for Public Policy launched a website offering easy access to how local tax dollars are spent. In a state where local governing bodies seem to have a cloudy view of sunshine laws, the site -- seethespending.org -- is a huge step forward.
In Sunday's reader comment section there were three comments on the bomb threats at local schools recently. A "sheatherly" needs a reality check, and as a former first responder, I would like to enlighten her.
There's a better way to handle vicious dogs than to wait for one to attack and injure livestock, or worse, a child. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors is on the right track. After recent dog attacks, supervisors are drafting an animal-control ordinance that would include a leash law. The idea is to crack down on owners who apparently don't care enough about their own dogs, as well as their neighbors' well being, to properly supervise their dogs.
Like some sort of airborne grasshopper, the yellow crop duster dips and swoops above the white fields. The flier has little to worry about here, one small clump of trees and a single row of power lines along a dusty gravel road. There is a hypnotic beauty to his dance; an upward loop and a flip and then he's again skimming across the tops of cotton plants, leaving a fine mist in his wake.
In response to Mr. Duncan's letter ("Thinks Williams should be downplayed," Voice of the people, Sept. 8) and The Dispatch poll regarding Tennessee Williams, I would like to state my personal disbelief at the ignorance of a legendary author and playwright.
Ask any elected official and he will tell you (if he's honest) that it's hard to make the tough-but-necessary decisions when you're trying to win a popularity contest.
The three executive searches going on in the Triangle offer a study in contrasts. We're referring to school superintendents in Columbus and Starkville and a police chief in Columbus. Tuesday night, the Mississippi School Boards Association hosted one of those requisite feel-good public meetings to get community input on the qualities we want to see in the next Columbus city schools superintendent.
The following is a selection of edited responses to our call for readers' recollections of Sept. 11, 2001. For space reasons, we were not able to print all of the submissions.
WASHINGTON -- The legacy of 9/11 can't be fully measured even now, but perhaps the most damaging aspect can be found in our national discourse.
1. Lynn Spruill: A city Halloween policy? LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Froma Harrop: Canada can be tough on immigration NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Our View: Ben Bradlee's enduring legacy DISPATCH EDITORIALS
4. Voice of the people: Gerald and Alice Scallions LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Thomas Sowell: Predatory journalism NATIONAL COLUMNS