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Ask Rufus: Capt. SamKaye's 'Acrobatic Easter Egg'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Local Columns

On June 15, 1919, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Capt. Sam Kaye had arrived home from France; "Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, bestowed on him by his own government for bravery in action, and with the Croix de Guerre, bestowed by the French government for exceptional prowess in the air."

 

Columbus leaders: End the volunteer overtime system

Posted 5/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus is halfway through its 2011 fiscal year, and voted this week to nearly double the amount of overtime it pays its police officers -- adding $150,000 to the $200,000 it already had budgeted.

 

 

Our opinion: Trouble in Hazzard County

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We know that in the real world, police work is serious business. Accidents happen. But sometimes, considering recent events, we wonder if we're living in Hazzard County.

 

 

Our opinion: Starkville's school board has lost credibility

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.

 

 

Liza Morgan: Memories of Smithville close to my heart

A man travels the world over searching for what he needs, then travels home to find it..... I'm writing this on my phone, running on very little sleep & little light...please excuse..

 

 

Our View: It's our Katrina, and it isn't

Posted 5/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.

 

Scott Colom: Why the YMCA stays relevant

Posted 5/4/2011 in Local Columns

Every year thousands of people start non-profits and other charity groups. Most begin with good intentions and idealistic hopes of tackling some endemic problem. And these groups usually make a difference for a year or two, or, at best, a lifetime.

Birney Imes: Jouney to the end of the world

Posted 4/30/2011 in Local Columns

There is nothing quite like the feel on your skin of a spring morning in New Orleans. The air is soft, enveloping, almost aqueous. It caresses. Aromas from the night before waft down pitted streets and between crumbling buildings.

Ask Rufus: They sang the blues

Posted 4/30/2011 in Local Columns

I have heard blues music all my life but paid little attention to it until I was at Ole Miss.

 

Our opinion: CAFB's immeasurable impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With military precision, the base performs its three-fold mission: Produce pilots. Advance airmen. Feed the fight. And, the Golden Triangle reaps the benefits from the base's presence.

 

 

Our opinion: Amid hellish storm, a Golden Triangle miracle

Posted 4/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Yes, the power went out and sirens sounded. But in Columbus and Lowndes County, and much of Oktibbeha County, a miracle among miracles was happening Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, all around us was hell on earth.

 

 

Benjamin Franklin Ross: Crying all the time

The Saturday before the Bush tax breaks were extended, we offered a million dollar net taxable income threshold, and they were willing to shut down the government before comprising.

 

 

Our View: The school board's tough new homework: Finding Phillips' successor

Posted 4/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District is ending its chapter of the Del Phillips era. The 39-year-old Phillips is moving on, taking the reins of the 28,000-student Sumner County School District, north of Nashville, Tenn., in June.

 

Scott Colom: Other than a professional athlete

Posted 4/27/2011 in Local Columns

Growing up in Columbus, Marcus Hunter and I dreamed of being professional athletes. I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan and Marcus wanted to be the first professional football and basketball player.

 

Cameron Triplett Sr.: Guns at school

Who was this kid trying to impress? The daughter of a friend is a kindergarten teacher (not around here). One day one of her students brought a knife to school.

 

 

Floyd Hegwood: Franchise fee

In regards to the message placed in The Dispatch by CableOne, concerning the 5-percent franchise fee implemented by the Lowndes County Supervisors.

 

 

Gill Harris: Mission leap

So much has been said, written and played out about the "Civil" War, many times with "slavery" in the same breath during this 150th year commemoration. Betty Stone got it right.

 

 

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