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Lacklen: Tea Party realities

Posted 10/21/2010 in Local Columns

Something very strange has happened to the Republican Party I called home for 32 years.

 

Benny Cooper: Joe Higgins' salary

After reading about Joe Higgins' $220,000 salary, I began wondering what fool or fools decided to pay this outrageous bloated salary to anyone in a public position, especially in today's economy.

 

 

George Gerhart: A Caledonia thank you

On behalf of the Town of Caledonia, I would like to say "Thank You" to our Caledonia Day Committee members, the community center hostesses and all of the vendors (food and others).

 

 

Rockey Allen: County crews

This week I traveled over 300 miles of road in Lowndes County and observed the county road crews cutting as much grass on private property as on county right of way.

 

 

J.B. Berry: Fabulous weekend

My wife and I and another couple have just returned from three days in your wonderful town.

 

 

Time to assess tourism priorities

Posted 10/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears cooler heads did prevail. A rift over funds provided by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link appears on its way to healing. The CVB voted Monday to give $178,500 to the Link, which manages industrial recruitment and serves as the city's chamber of commerce. That's a $18,500 cut from what the Link was expecting.

 

 

Helen Sue Parrish: Supports Starks

I would like to encourage you to consider voting for Williams Starks for Circuit Judge, Place 1 on Nov. 2.

 

 

Raymond Gross: Childers and the Fair Tax

Well, my suspicions have been confirmed that Mr. Childers is a federal income tax loving liberal. The proof came from his own lips. While claming to be a "Conservative Blue Dog" he admitted that he is against the Fair Tax Bill which is absolutely a conservative issue, so why doesn't Mr. Childers support it?

 

 

Robert Corbell: Unhappy with head librarian

Alice, it is time to go. We don't want you, we don't need you. In the short time of one ear, you have caused serious, and probably irreparable damage to the collections of the Columbus Public Library.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Joe Higgins makes how much?

It is no wonder that our state always sucks the hind one. When a low-level functionary position such as the one held by Mr. Higgins earns such salaries (Higgins makes $220,00 per year plus the potential to make $30,000 in bonuses), it is obvious why we have no money for better education and other needed things like fixing the holes in the streets.

 

Roses and Thorns 10-17-10

Posted 10/16/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Denise and Ricky Sandifer; organizers of this weekend's Sam Hairston Celebration; Columbus Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Alice Shands: Library friends

October 17-23, 2010, is National Friends of Libraries week making it a good time to publicly thank the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services.

 

Birney Imes: A letter from Rety

Posted 10/16/2010 in Local Columns

Chances are if you've ever gotten a letter from my mother-in-law, you did with it exactly what I've done with those she's written me, you kept it.

Ask Rufus: Where did those colors come from?

Posted 10/16/2010 in Local Columns

Most people who grew up in the South think of homes built during the 1800s as being painted white. The "new" exterior paint colors of the Tennessee Williams home have caused many people to ask me, "Where in the world did they get those colors from?"

Editorial: A bear? Really?

Posted 10/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Sports channel ESPN has been airing a promotional commercial featuring Ole Miss and the failed student campaign to make Admiral Ackbar, a squid-headed "Star Wars" character, the new school mascot.

 

Link vs. CVB: An unwinnable war

Posted 10/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Another classic Columbus dust-up is in the making, this time between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

Donna Stark: Similar names, different men

Lately my husband, Bill Stark, has been asked if he is the William Starks who is running for judge. People frequently call our home asking for Mr. Starks, and we also get mail sent to our address for the attorney William Starks. Confusion of the two names is understandable as both men are attorneys.

 

 

An unfair political game

Posted 10/12/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Planning Commission and the City Council are locked in a ping-pong match, with one business owner, and a Columbus neighborhood, unfairly batted back and forth.

 

Birney Imes: Lovers of books

Posted 10/9/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night in the center court of Leigh Mall, amid the clutter of empty whiskey boxes and makeshift bookshelves, a score of readers picked through piles of hand-me-downs. Friends of the Library volunteer Doug Blount explained the boxes: "We have a lot of drinkers." And the Friends has a lot of books.

Roses and thorns 10-10-10

Posted 10/9/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Kasandra Fowler, Columbus Municipal Court Judge Curtis Austin, anonymous donors, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

 

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