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Roses and Thorns 11-28-10

Posted 11/27/2010 in Roses & Thorns

West Point High School football team, the holiday spirit, Leslie Frazier, Black Friday shoppers.

Ask Rufus: Playing ball, 181 years ago

Posted 11/27/2010 in Local Columns

Ball games have been a part of Native American culture since prehistoric times. Early French missionaries among the Choctaw found them playing a form of stickball in 1729. Stickball in various forms was popular among almost all Indians in eastern North America. It was from stickball that the modern game of lacrosse evolved.

 

Our view: Turkey, not texting, on Thanksgiving

Posted 11/24/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say "Thanksgiving" and the traditional Norman Rockwell painting comes to mind, with the family gathered in anticipation around a bountiful table as Dad prepares to carve the turkey. Others may think of the first Thanksgiving, with English settlers and American Indians coming together to break bread.

 

 

Harry Freeman: A rare moment

I've been going to Mississippi State football games for over 50 years. During that time I have not ever experienced anything as moving as Ms. Linda Bell, the mother of Nick Bell, going onto the field this past weekend during the pregame tribute to her son and ringing her cowbell after the "moment of silence" in memory of Nick.

 

 

Cameron Triplett Sr.: Two things ...

It is extremely immature for someone to go berserk and fight arrest to the point that he has to be tased and sprayed multiple times. It is not a sign of "toughness" but stupidity. And people wonder why some wind up in jail more often than others.

 

 

Stephanie Ward: Supports Porter

The simple fact that Lee Coleman has spent eight times as much as Nebra Porter campaigning yet only lead the Nov. 2 election by 8.4 percent of the vote speaks volumes for how experienced Coleman is as a politician.

 

Birney Imes: Speaking of trees

Posted 11/20/2010 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon Spencer Smith is standing under the chestnut tree next to the parking lot of Covenant Life Ministries on Yorkville Road. Smith, who has worked with plants for more than half of his 28 years, reaches down with a pair of pruning shears and picks up one of the spiked brownish burrs that enclose the nut.

 

Vicky Hill: Supports Coleman

Supports Coleman To Lowndes Countians: Thanks so much for your overwhelming support and vote for Lee Coleman for Circuit Court Judge Place 3 in the Nov. 2 election. As Lee's campaign manager, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with so many of you during this campaign. I again ask for your support and vote for Lee Coleman on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the run-off election. Lee will fulfill this position as judge with the honor, dignity, and trust that you, the citizens, deserve and expect. Vote for Lee Coleman Circuit Court Judge on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Vicki Hill New Hope

 

 

Mark Duncan: A way to save money ignored

At the previous Starkville Board of Alderman meeting, a proposal was presented by Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker to simply investigate the possible cost savings for the city by moving from the current method of garbage collection using the black trash bags to a wheeled bin. His preliminary research discovered there is the possibility of $600,000 in cost savings by making this move.

 

 

A.K. Rosenhan: Unhappy about parade fee

The GSDP (Greater Starkville Development Partnership) is organizing the Starkville Christmas parade. They are charging $25/entry. As the GSDP is a tax supported organization (with some interesting pay rates) and most, if not all, parade participants are charitable groups, churches, government reps, the question is why is there is a charge? What does it cost to organize a parade? Especially with personnel who are already being paid....again, by tax monies. It can't be a big project to organize a Christmas parade. And I would think a volunteer organization, service club, or some group would do it for free. Merry Christmas! A.K. Rosenhan Starkville

 

 

A bounty of charity this Thanksgiving

Posted 11/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Local school kids are out today for the Thanksgiving break. Families are either making plans to travel, or stocking up for visitors, or preparing for a quiet celebration of the holidays at home. Now is also the time that many of us are also looking, in earnest, beyond our own needs.

 

 

This Thanksgiving, thank a teacher

Posted 11/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

If Lowndes County's teachers were to emit a warm glow, the Mississippi University for Women campus would have been bright as the sun Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Mississippi should end corporal punishment

Posted 11/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us who saw or read recent news reports about a Jackson high school basketball coach who whipped players with a weightlifting belt were shocked, but few of us should be surprised. Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools -- an outdated practice that needs to come to an end.

 

 

Thank you, Applebees

On behalf of the many veterans that your Neighborhood Grill fed free of charge on Nov. 11th, I want your staff to know how much this act of kindness was appreciated.

 

 

Cameron Triplett Sr.: Dead men voting

A Mississippi man was declared dead nearly 10 years ago, yet openly lived, and was even arrested, using his own name and ID information.

 

 

Gil Contreras: Note from a 'newspaper freak'

I was shocked when I was informed your newspaper raised it's copy price to 50 cents.

 

 

Jury duty an opportunity to serve, to observe

Posted 11/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

With Circuit Court in full swing in Lowndes County, we're reminded of one of the civic responsibilities, most all of us are called upon to perform from time to time -- jury duty.

 

Birney Imes: Everything matters

Posted 11/13/2010 in Local Columns

On a glorious Friday afternoon at the end of a week of glorious afternoons, an old friend visiting from a northern state and I set out for a walk across the river. Bob and his wife, Deborah, are here for a few days, at the tail end of a two-week swing through the South.

Roses and thorns 11-14-10

Posted 11/13/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Girlchoir and director Cherry Dunn; Veterans Day organizers; Harold Lathon; and Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity volunteers

 

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