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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.

 

Roses and thorns 4-24-11

Posted 4/23/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Family, friends and colleagues of former Columbus Fire Chief James Massey; Public works crews and electric departments of Lowndes County; Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Robbins; and adults who don't keep their guns safe

 

Our opinion: Kids with guns

Posted 4/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The latest Justice Department report on safety in our schools contains quite an understatement: "The presence of weapons at school may interfere with teaching and learning by creating an intimidating and threatening atmosphere."

 

 

Our opinion: At the center of high-tech classrooms, old-school teachers

Posted 4/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Classrooms are different places than they were a generation ago -- even five years ago.

 

 

Jimmie Meese Moomaw: Setting the record straight on MUW

I've written many letters in the past few years decrying the problems at MUW and shaking my rhetorical fist at those who were in my opinion responsible.

 

 

George Lee Dyson: Money and nature's embrace

Congress should direct BP fines toward restoration of the Gulf.

 

 

Our opinion: At The W, a bitter conflict resolved

Posted 4/19/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Birney Imes: Bees and coffee

Posted 4/16/2011 in Local Columns

A few weeks back during a two-person staff meeting that included a trip to Kudoz, a local coffee house, I found an answer to the foremost of my beekeeping woes.

Roses and Thorns 4-17-11

Posted 4/16/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Mississippi University for Women Interim President Allegra Brigham, the Mid-South Fly Fishers club, the volunteers of Clean Sweep Columbus, and Glenn Lautzenhiser.

 

Cameron Triplett: Our loved ones in letters

I, too, enjoyed the article on the lost art of letter writing, and meant to respond earlier.

 

Ask Rufus: Lost landmarks of Columbus

Posted 4/16/2011 in Local Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost.

 

Our opinion: The lost art of putting pen to paper

Posted 4/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us have them, tucked away in a box or closet: Letters that have been passed down through the generations.

 

 

Our opinion: Let's get serious about graffiti

Posted 4/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many police departments subscribe to the "broken window" theory of policing. This holds that police should get serious about preventing small crimes, such as vandalism.

 

 

James Clayton Terry: The lost art of the personal letter

How wonderful to think that April has been declared National Letter-Writing Month.

 

 

Jennifer Miller: A case for restoration

I am the proud owner of an 1890 Victorian home that I personally restored.

 

Scott Colom: The supervisor's race for District 5

Posted 4/13/2011 in Local Columns

Opinions about Supervisor Leroy Brooks are often variations of two views. Many complain that Supervisor Brooks is a polarizing figure who rallies voters in his district with demagoguery. While others praise Supervisor Brooks as a fighter, willing to stand up to the establishment and the injustices of the status quo.

 

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