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Ask Rufus: Fortress Columbus

Posted 3/19/2011 in Local Columns

A week ago I underwent major heart surgery at Baptist Hospital in Columbus. While the surgery could not have gone any better and the doctors, nurses and staff could not have been any more caring, I am an outdoors person who could only look out of a window while spending four days in the Critical Care Un

 

Leroy Brooks: Redistricting, setting the record straight

 

 

Our opinion: Soccer park project off to a good start

Posted 3/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Charlie Box: Takes issue with Magby Creek editorial

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As councilman for Ward 3, I feel compelled to write in protest to your editorial in Friday's paper, "Taming Magby Creek Too Costly." I have always been a fan of the paper, but in the last few months I have watched as editorial after editorial depicts me and my fellow city councilmen as a bunch of incompetents with no idea of what we are doing.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Dismayed by behavior of supervisor

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

I am enlightened but dismayed after having attended a Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday. It was my first since returning to Columbus, my hometown. I had heard and read in the newspaper about rowdy and disruptive meetings and the concern that at times no progress could be made because of it, even on important issues. So I decided to attend a meeting to see for myself; they are open to the public.

 

Roses and thorns 3-13-11

Posted 3/12/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Election candidates; Columbus Middle School Principal Cindy Wamble; Lowndes Supervisors Leroy Brooks and Harry Sanders; Rotary Club speakers; comprehensive planning crowd;

 

David Owen: Magby Creek problems blamed on Corps projects

I read your "Taming Magby Creek too Costly" editorial in the March 11, paper. It stated that this North Columbus creek, which is actually in East Columbus, is not worth fixing.

 

Birney Imes: Remembering Ralph

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

If you frequented the McDonald's on Highway 45 as I did with our kids in the mid-80s, chances are you would have seen there a tall, stooped man with a spectacularly wrinkled shirt and a twisted necktie drinking coffee.

 

Bridget Pieschel: Report from Tokyo

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

I was really glad to hear Will's voice when he called at about six p.m. this evening. It was about 8 a.m. in Tokyo, and he was still at his desk in the Price Waterhouse Cooper Building in the "Government District" in central Tokyo.

 

 

Saul Vydas: A limerick

Some beliefs are better others

 

 

Wallace Dabbs: The Old South

A recent thoughtful column by Columbus editor Birney Imes, which appeared in The Commercial Dispatch and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, contained a reference to Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and President Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

Our View: Taming Magby Creek too costly

Posted 3/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Heavy rains swept through Columbus and west Alabama earlier this week, which led to the inevitable. Magby Creek in North Columbus overflowed. Runoff ditches along Tuscaloosa Road weren't able to hold all the water. Fields and streets filled with water. Roads and homes in the Masonic subdivision flooded.

 

 

Our View: Build a more attractive Columbus

Posted 3/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On the demographic surveys that retailers use to build new stores and restaurants, Columbus looks surprisingly similar to other Mississippi cities.

 

 

Raymond Gross: Gas prices

Over the past few years I've read many letters to the editor about how gas prices are always higher in Columbus than anywhere else in the state. I think all this concern is good, and I appreciate the paper publishing all those letters so others may be encouraged to join in the song of complaints.

 

Scott Colom: Fighting teen pregnancy

Posted 3/9/2011 in Local Columns

Recently, both houses of the Mississippi legislature passed bills requiring school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or abstinence-plus. Teaching students about contraceptives has long been controversial in Mississippi.

 

Ricky Bishop: Opposes redistricting plan for Starkville

An open letter to the citizens of Starkville and the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen: This past Friday, March 4, 2011, the Mississippi House passed Joint Resolution 1, a plan to redistrict the Mississippi state House based on population shifts.

 

 

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