If you watch politics closely and study the candidates with care, you walk through the entrance to the polling station with eagerness to cast your vote. Yet, even before marking the first ballot, a voter confronts the head-scratching dilemma of deciding which primary ballot to pick up. There are two tables, but you can only go to one.
You are expected to have a phone on your person at all times; if not a phone, then you should have an answering machine or caller ID. If you miss a call, people get mad. If you don't call them back, they get mad. Sometimes you're not home; you're working, in the garden, in the bathroom, simply not available.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Today is a big day for our state and counties. It's election day.
I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.
For the past two months a lot of people have spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to convince you to give them a four-year job. On Tuesday, they'll find out how convincing they've been.
I am working with and supporting a fellow business owner, and a person who is virtually unmatched as a civic leader, for governor of Mississippi.
I noticed that Mr. Lynn Wright tried to vindicate himself in a letter to The Dispatch in May where he was "explaining" his reasons for his dismissal as principal of New Hope High last year.
I'm working for the Phil Bryant for Governor campaign because Mississippi needs the right experience and proven leadership in our next Governor. We don't have to guess what kind of Governor Phil Bryant will be. We know what he has done in the past, and we know what he is capable of doing to move Mississippi forward.
Perhaps it is the venerable letter. An endless flow of money orders. Daily post-office box checks. Or force of habit.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over what manner of tax increase will be required for the city schools' budget. The lack of information coming from the district's central office has fueled a growing sense of unease.
I would like to reply to the Voice of the People ("Under-appreciated good Samaritan") in the Sun. July 10th paper. The under-appreciated good Samaritan's name is Paul Denney from Jackson. He was here visiting family.
There has been much in the news about the importance of Aug. 2 on the national level whether or not to raise the debt limit. While we are all interested in what's going on in Washington, remember that Aug. 2 is very important date here in Mississippi as well.
Brace yourself. This year -- as the Columbus school district struggles with decreased allocations from the state, lower local tax collections and the bill for a new $19.1 million school -- taxes will go up, again. The increase affects hundreds of taxpayers in Columbus and Lowndes County.
The recent phone hacking scandal in the U.K. has so far resulted in multiple resignations, arrests and the closure of a 168-year-old newspaper.
1. Our View: Turnage leads assault on public's right to open government DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Lynn Spruill: The march LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Ask Rufus: A tale of two boxers in Columbus LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Jimmy Bonner LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Susan Estrich: Forty-two years later NATIONAL COLUMNS