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Justin Sutton: Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade: Where's the celebration? As a father, I will never forget the feelings of joy and love I felt when I heard my son's heart beat for the first time. Thirty-eight years ago Saturday, the Supreme Court decided it was legal to stop the beating heart of an unborn child in its decision of Roe v. Wade. The Court's interpretation of the 14th Amendment and its ruling paved the way for expectant mothers to legally obtain an abortion. Many have hailed this case a landmark decision that advanced the power and status of women. If the court's ruling was such a victory, where were the celebrations this weekend?

 

 

Wayne Blankenship: 'The perfect candidate'

Perfect candidate I have been a resident of Columbus all of my life. I have always been concerned about the progress of our town. A short time ago it was announced that the head of the CVB would be leaving for another position in another city. To fill his vacancy Nancy Carpenter was selected to this position only until another person was found. This brings me to my point. Why should we look somewhere else when we have a person like Nancy Carpenter?

 

Scott Colom: Cheering for Leondra and Omar

Posted 1/20/2011 in Local Columns

Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking about how much Leondra Tillman and Omar Amir Gray's ability to stay away from drugs matters for the future of Columbus.

Roses and thorns 1-16-11

Posted 1/15/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Middle School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend volunteers; Golden Triangle first responders; Ernest Rogers; and Minnie Fox

Birney Imes: A jewel of a school

Posted 1/15/2011 in Local Columns

The first thing you notice walking in is the blue under the portico. It's a Southern thing. You paint the ceilings of your porch blue to keep the wasps and dirt daubers away.

 

Helen Sue Parish: Concerned

I have been extremely concerned with the tone of things in this country, especially with the killings of innocent people, including a 9-year-old girl, in Tucson.

 

 

Eating our way out of recession

Posted 1/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Is the way to the area's economic recovery through our stomachs? Maybe so. Several interesting new restaurants have opened across the Golden Triangle in recent weeks.

 

 

John Imes: One family

On New Year's Eve in Alexandria, Egypt, a bomb went off at Coptic Christian church during a worship service, killing 21 people.

 

 

The pursuit of excellence: School sets standard we should strive for on other projects

Posted 1/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With its impressive architecture and attention to detail, the new Columbus Middle School has raised the bar on local public works projects.

 

Scott Colom: Questioning motives

Posted 1/12/2011 in Local Columns

I've recently written about the problems with our current political discourse. This week I experienced examples of this on the local and state level.

 

Columbus schools' new crown jewel

Posted 1/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

From the outside, the architecture of the new, $19.1-million Columbus Middle School is classic yet modern. You're more impressed when you enter the rotunda, the hub at the school's center, with its halls jutting off in each direction. But once you hit the carpet, you know this school is truly different from anything else in the Columbus School District.

 

 

Mother Nature declares a holiday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The yankees among us might snicker at our reaction to what are typical spring days in many places north of Tennessee. But understand, we're not used to this.

 

Birney Imes: Leave Huck Finn alone

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' There was nothing before. And there has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway in 1935 Mark Twain, dead for a 100 years, is still causing a ruckus. No doubt he would have something quotable to say about this latest business.

Jay Lacklen: OK, what's with the hats?

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

I must ask a question, why do men wear their baseball hats while dining in restaurants? I admit I might be a bit of a prig on such things since, in the Air Force, I'd have been pounced upon and severely upbraided if, while in uniform, I didn't take off my hat immediately when coming indoors, or immediately put it on when going outdoors.

Roses and Thorns 1-9-11

Posted 1/8/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Leslie Frazier; Columbus police officers; current and prospective county office-holders.

 

Saul Vydas: Corporate welfare

A recent edition of the Dispatch had an article by Alan Sayre about competition among the Southern states to attract businesses.

 

 

Too few hats in this ring

Posted 1/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate," humorist Kin Hubbard said a century ago. His words still ring true today, perhaps nowhere more so than in Lowndes County.

 

Scott Colom: Wells Cleaners -- bigger than a person

Posted 1/5/2011 in Local Columns

When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.

 

Third circuit judge should help ensure speedy trials

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Circuit judges are more used to watching people get sworn in than doing the swearing themselves, but judges' hands were on Bibles across the state on Tuesday as they took the oath of office for new four-year terms.

 

 

Some more resolutions to consider

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're several days into the new year, enough time for many of us to have already broken whatever resolution we settled on last week. But we'd like to suggest a few resolutions of our own, beyond the typical commitments.

 

 

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