While it was disappointing to see less than a dozen townspeople at a Sunday meeting of Friends of The W, it wasn’t altogether surprising. Most of the seats in the Nissan Auditorium were taken, but they were taken by the school’s students, faculty and alumni.
In 1889 the state of Georgia established in Milledgeville the Georgia Normal and Industrial College to prepare young women for secretarial and teaching jobs. (Five years earlier the Industrial Institute and College, the first state supported school for women in the country, was established in Columbus, Miss.)
Reading the newspaper lately, I’ve begun to feel like the man who survives a shipwreck and when he finally makes it home, learns his family has already buried him and is so thrilled about the insurance money, they won’t accept the fact that he’s still alive. Or perhaps I should say, I feel like the Grandma whose ungrateful family wishes she’d just keel over so they can get their inheritance sooner rather than later. Too bad for them, Grandma is a smart old bird and she ain’t dead yet.
Uncle Obed, from over in the northern Mississippi Delta, drove a mobile medic truck during World War II. His son, my cousin Ricky, says the stories Uncle Obed told resembled the chaos that was made famous by M*A*S*H (even though that was set in Korea). Uncle Obed returned from Europe and continued farming in the Delta.
My hat is off to Mississippi State University. I was fortunate enough to attend a Vietnam Veterans Luncheon hosted by MSU Veteran’s Center the day after Veterans Day in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union. Not only was it a delightful meal, but the company was great!
We thought, over the past several years with two elementary-age kids, that we’d seen all the cutesy Thanksgiving-themed things students could possibly produce. Of course, there’s the perennial favorite: Drawings and cutouts of turkeys made by tracing their hands. We’ve seen the Indian feathers and headbands from construction paper, and the Pilgrim hats and buckles. We’ve seen turkeys made out of pine cones and Coke cans.
As was widely expected, Gov. Haley Barbour advocated Monday for the merger of Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University.
The ex-MUW Alumnae Association must think the sky is falling. First came their nasty divorce from the university. Then, the unwanted name change recommendation by President Claudia Limbert, the College Board, and the Mississippi Economic Council. Now, Gov. Haley Barbour has put merger back on the table!?!
Talk of closure and merger is aggravating, because it has the power to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Students lose confidence. Professors seek employment elsewhere. In light of hysterical headlines, who can blame them?
I am writing to express my disgust that you would choose to print the repugnant letter from Gerry Jones on 11/9. I am tired of hearing that the “people have spoken” on the issue of same-sex marriage. Marriage is a basic civil right.
We need your help. Certain politicians in this state have suggested the closure and/or merger of MUW with another institution. Either choice spells the end of The W.
I read Jason Browne’s Nov. 11 article on Governor Barbour’s comments from Afghanistan on merger or closure with disbelief. I am a graduate of The W but now live in Georgia. Barbour is traveling with four governors, one of them, Sonny Perdue, is from Georgia.
Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box; The Friends of the W; and the 1,000 households in Starkville that have signed up for the city’s curbside recycling program.
Just finished John Dufresne’s “Love Warps the Mind a Little,” a lively and humorous exploration of love and death. The book is almost too clever, but the longer you read the more you get drawn in. By the time I finished, I felt like a friend of the protagonist, Lafayette Proulx (Laf as he’s called in the book) and was sad to part company.
In his new book “Denialism,” author Michael Specter explores how, on occasion, “an entire segment of society, often struggling with the trauma of change, turns away from reality in favor of a more comfortable lie.” Denialism is all around us. We often ignore reams of evidence, if it contradicts something we find more comfortable or easier to believe.
A poster to your Web site expressed concern for people that are “slightly obese.” We have to be politically correct and not call people “fat;” also, we have to use polite words like “high sugar” or “high blood.” You speak of education. Have you ever tried to educate a person addicted to cigarettes or alcohol to quit? If so, it is like talking to a brick wall.
On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and especially its Christian heritage.
Hooray for pro-life and traditional family values! I wish to congratulate the voters of Maine — one of the most liberal states in the Union — for rejecting the counterfeit and oxymoronic notion “same-sex marriage.”
Well, at least we could say we got close this time. This community has talked about building a soccer complex for years. After working to vet several candidate sites over the past several months, the city and county finally struck a deal on locating a soccer complex and community park in Burns Bottom — not just a bunch of fields, but a plan to keep the land’s natural beauty intact. After out-of-town planners and architects showed us the property’s potential, most dissenting voices came around.
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