Tuesday evening the names of the top five candidates for the Columbus Police Chief were announced at the city council meeting. One of the five was interim chief Selvain McQueen. The name of another, Nathaniel Clark of Albany, Ga., may ring a bell with some. Clark was a finalist in the 2007 search that resulted in Joe St. John being named chief.
Reading resumes is a bit like reading tea leaves, I would think. The art of telling fortunes by studying the residue in the bottoms of wine glasses and tea and coffee cups is called tasseography. How it's done, I have no idea. Over the years, though, I've read a lot of resumes. Last week I was among 21 Columbians looking at the resumes of 25 people who want to be Columbus' next police chief.
There are signs. A welcome cool ushers away the summer heat as crisp mornings and evenings call for sweaters. The first leaves begin to brighten. And suddenly fall has tip-toed in
In response to your editorial of Sept. 22 on "Save the Post Office" I wrote to the Washington office. Enclosed is both my letter and their response which gives the address to write concerning our post office.
Taking seriously the "Our View" in the "Opinion" section of the Dispatch of Sept. 22, 2011, I wrote the PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) to urge the saving of our downtown post office.
It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.
Wyatt Emmerich, in today's (Sept 28, 2011) Dispatch, spoke at length of the fact (and, yes, it certainly is fact) that many governmental agencies use fines of all sorts as a funding measure. Now, first of all, a fine is supposed to be used as a deterrent, never a money making deal. It does happen, however wrong it is.
I still do not understand how an automobile can remain parked in front of my store on Main Street since early Saturday morning with only one ticket.
Most local media outlets carried the story of the strong-arm house robbery several weeks ago, but for me it was very personal. While not an immediate member of my family, the victim has worked with my father's law firm for years and is loved by my family as if she were a member.
During my tenure as mayor of Sturgis, former supervisor David Oswalt and myself procured grants and used county and city assets and Ralph Jackson's land donations to build a public park. This park has been open for ballgames, walking track, childrens playground, family reunions, political meetings, motorcycle rally. etc, and the soon to be go-cart races.
Citizens, churches, neighborhood leaders, government officials, philanthropists, and educators must all pitch in with law enforcement to improve quality of life issues within the City of Columbus.
Local law enforcement seems to be at a loss on how to handle the recent surge in crime. Or at least how to communicate effectively enough to make us feel safe in our own backyard. The several shooting deaths in the past weeks already had us on edge.
Democrats and some in the news media have repeatedly criticized my decision to create a study commission to analyze the long-term solvency of the Public Employees' Retirement System. These attacks are aimed at politicizing a well-guided study commission and waging a fear-mongering campaign to scare state employees and retirees into voting Democrat during the 2011 legislative elections.
Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
In 1999, the improbable happened. On a rainy Friday night, the Columbus Falcons beat the South Panola Tigers. At the time, South Panola was the defending 5A state champion, undefeated and building its reputation as a football powerhouse. In comparison, Columbus, which had recently been created by combing Lee High and Caldwell, had never had a winning season. The expectations for defeat were so widespread that classmates joked with CHS players about how badly the team would get beat.
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