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James Clayton Terry: Absentee voters

All my life I have seen and heard of politicians pulling off some of the dirtiest dealings to suppress po' folks voting strength.

 

 

Our view: City needs a better plan for its planner

Posted 2/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus' latest attempt to forge a comprehensive city plan died Thursday with the resignation of Patricia Southerland, who had occupied the new position of city planner for just five months.

 

Rufus Ward: Pushmataha

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

It was a glorious sun filled day with beautiful flowers covering a wide plain. Among the few trees was a giant centuries old Red Oak that overshadowed an immense area. For ages the great oak had defied all storms. However, though it had survived many centuries unscathed, it still had not accomplished the purpose for which the Great Spirit had planted it.

Birney Imes: Waiting for spring

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

Friday, at the end of an afternoon of weeding and rearranging flower beds, Linda Spearling went inside her house and warmed her hands over a wood stove.

Roses and thorns 2-6-11

Posted 2/5/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Golden Triangle first responders; Columbus City Council; African American Leadership Summit participants; Oktibbeha County's Master Gardeners; Main Street Columbus; and Town and Tower Club

 

Our view: Politics and potholes don't mix

Posted 2/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Does anyone remember Operation Pretense? That was the name of big Mississippi FBI sting back in the 1980s, which ended with the convictions of 55 county supervisors on bribery and corruption charges.

 

Scott Colom: A positive psych for Columbus

Posted 2/2/2011 in Local Columns

Since college, people from Texas have fascinated me.

 

Claude Simpson: Using race for political ends

Thank you for bringing into focus an issue that I feel has been a thorn in the side of our city since I have been back and observing closely the behavior of some of our leaders.

 

 

Our view: In this game of Chicken, we all lose

Posted 2/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Chicken is a game that can't have two winners -- but it can have two losers. The city and county are playing a game of chicken, with the city Convention and Visitors Bureau at the point of impact.

 

Adele Elliott: Dress codes

Posted 2/1/2011 in Local Columns

Ever since Eve was forced to vacate the Garden of Eden and give up her wardrobe of leaves, the question of what to wear has been foremost on women's minds.

 

Our view: Fewer echo chambers, more common ground

Posted 2/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's an echo chamber? Literally, it is an enclosed, hollow space allowing our own words to bounce back to us. Figuratively, the term has applied to most any group that surrounds itself with others that have like-minded opinions.

 

 

Highway 45 merchants, unite

Posted 1/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Downtown Columbus gets a lot of love. But the truth is, most people in Columbus shop along Highway 45.

 

Roses and Thorns 1-30-11

Posted 1/29/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Columbus High School Parent-Teacher Organization, Triangle Maintenance Service, and Danyae Pippins, and a thorn to those of us who make it easier for burglars to profit.

 

Columbus High accentuates the positive

Posted 1/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus High staff, parents and students last night hosted the first of what should grow into an annual celebration of the diverse range of activities at the school.

 

Garthia Elena Burnett: Band memories, old and new

Posted 1/28/2011 in Local Columns

I had my first day of rehearsal with the Starkville/MSU community band on Monday. As a disclosure in my own defense, picking up a clarinet after six years is not like riding a bike.

 

Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Local Columns

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.

 

 

Pass stronger animal cruelty laws

Posted 1/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With our poverty and health issues, it's hard enough to be a human here. If you're a dog or a cat, forget it.

 

 

Don Waldon: Supports Tagert

The election of the Transportation Commissioner of the Northern District on Tuesday, Feb. 1 is most important to the future economic growth of Mississippi, including new high-paying jobs in the State.

 

 

Frank Webb: Who is our neighbor?

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

On Monday I observed an event some of which should be passed on to others in our community. It concerned the life and more particularly the death of Mr. Hozie Hawthorne.

 

Scott Colom: Entrepreneurs and the new marketplace

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

Charles O. Perkins and Mario Murray have at least one thing in common: They are both using Facebook to sell something.

 

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