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Cameron Triplett: Disagrees with letter writer

In the Feb. 9 edition of The Dispatch, Mr. James Clayton Terry questions the effort to clean up absentee ballots and their potential for abuse and misuse, wondering if those calling for changes might not be getting the "benefits" of fraudulent votes.

 

Our view: Where's global warming when we need it?

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have a hard time remembering when a sunny day felt so cold in Columbus. We were emboldened Thursday afternoon, encouraged by the clouds parting and the snow dripping slowly off the rooftops. But looks were deceiving.

 

Our View: With drama over, assess tourism priorities

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears city and county leaders have found common ground over the makeup of the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The council voted in a special meeting to follow the lead of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, with each body appointing two industry-specific members and one at-large member.

 

 

Raymond Gross: What Obama tax cuts?

Remember Obama steady bragging about not extending all those bad "Bush" tax cuts if he became president which would have increased everyone's income tax in 2011? Remember all the national panic and melancholy about four months ago when he was still saying the same thing?

 

 

Sanders Weatherby Sr.: Disagrees with letter writer

In response to Cameron Triplett Sr. Feb. 4 letter, "Agrees with column." You wrote: "Nobody wants to locate a business in a garbage dump."

 

Scott Colom: A hometown hero

Posted 2/9/2011 in Local Columns

Omar Ballard inspires me every time I see him. His presence personifies the benefits of hard work and discipline, the perseverance of the human spirit, and the potential for greatness in our city.

 

James Clayton Terry: Absentee voters

All my life I have seen and heard of politicians pulling off some of the dirtiest dealings to suppress po' folks voting strength.

 

 

Our view: City needs a better plan for its planner

Posted 2/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus' latest attempt to forge a comprehensive city plan died Thursday with the resignation of Patricia Southerland, who had occupied the new position of city planner for just five months.

 

Rufus Ward: Pushmataha

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

It was a glorious sun filled day with beautiful flowers covering a wide plain. Among the few trees was a giant centuries old Red Oak that overshadowed an immense area. For ages the great oak had defied all storms. However, though it had survived many centuries unscathed, it still had not accomplished the purpose for which the Great Spirit had planted it.

Roses and thorns 2-6-11

Posted 2/5/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Golden Triangle first responders; Columbus City Council; African American Leadership Summit participants; Oktibbeha County's Master Gardeners; Main Street Columbus; and Town and Tower Club

Birney Imes: Waiting for spring

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

Friday, at the end of an afternoon of weeding and rearranging flower beds, Linda Spearling went inside her house and warmed her hands over a wood stove.

 

Our view: Politics and potholes don't mix

Posted 2/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Does anyone remember Operation Pretense? That was the name of big Mississippi FBI sting back in the 1980s, which ended with the convictions of 55 county supervisors on bribery and corruption charges.

 

Scott Colom: A positive psych for Columbus

Posted 2/2/2011 in Local Columns

Since college, people from Texas have fascinated me.

 

Claude Simpson: Using race for political ends

Thank you for bringing into focus an issue that I feel has been a thorn in the side of our city since I have been back and observing closely the behavior of some of our leaders.

 

 

Our view: In this game of Chicken, we all lose

Posted 2/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Chicken is a game that can't have two winners -- but it can have two losers. The city and county are playing a game of chicken, with the city Convention and Visitors Bureau at the point of impact.

 

Adele Elliott: Dress codes

Posted 2/1/2011 in Local Columns

Ever since Eve was forced to vacate the Garden of Eden and give up her wardrobe of leaves, the question of what to wear has been foremost on women's minds.

 

Our view: Fewer echo chambers, more common ground

Posted 2/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's an echo chamber? Literally, it is an enclosed, hollow space allowing our own words to bounce back to us. Figuratively, the term has applied to most any group that surrounds itself with others that have like-minded opinions.

 

 

Highway 45 merchants, unite

Posted 1/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Downtown Columbus gets a lot of love. But the truth is, most people in Columbus shop along Highway 45.

 

Roses and Thorns 1-30-11

Posted 1/29/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Columbus High School Parent-Teacher Organization, Triangle Maintenance Service, and Danyae Pippins, and a thorn to those of us who make it easier for burglars to profit.

 

Columbus High accentuates the positive

Posted 1/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus High staff, parents and students last night hosted the first of what should grow into an annual celebration of the diverse range of activities at the school.

 

 

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