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Birney Imes: Snow on a Christmas morn

Posted 12/26/2010 in Local Columns

As I write this on Christmas morning, the snow is quickly disappearing. In the next room someone is playing the soundtrack from "Love Actually," the movie that for us has become a family Christmas tradition.

 

William Hairston: Pray for peace

In this season when Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, when they sing of Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men, there is no peace.

 

 

Gary Chesser: Starkville's city hall

Last week, I had an opportunity to tour Starkville's city hall.

 

 

Larry Smith: Repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' a travesty

Legislation repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy has turned the United States military into a new front for social and cultural experimentation.

 

 

Stop hunting near the Riverwalk

Posted 12/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

We thought all we had to worry about were Columbus policemen in Ghille suits. It turns out there are even more people with lethal weapons lurking in the woods along the Riverwalk.

 

 

John Imes: Concerned about stray arrows

I was walking the Riverwalk recently. Leaving the paved way to walk the path that follows the raised ridge on the side, I was surprised to see a fellow in camouflage walking along with his compound bow.

 

 

Bill Crawford: Dances of the sugar plum politicians

Posted 12/20/2010 in Local Columns

Ho, ho, ho. No, no, that's not Santa Claus. Those are chuckles at the spectacle of sugar plum politicians as they dance around potent issues.

 

Birney Imes: Freezing for a good cause

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

Late Wednesday afternoon as I was driving to Walmart, there was a bit on the radio about John Hammond. If you've ever enjoyed the music of Billie Holiday, Bennie Goodman, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, you have John Hammond to thank.

 

Amy Martin: 'A blessing for us all'

As you may know, our school has been selling Y-ties to raise money for Jeffery Amos, a 5th grader at our school, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is in St. Jude's Hospital, fighting this terrible disease.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: The fate of small towns

It's great that Columbus is doing something to help its downtown area become vibrant again, and that's all well and good. However, there are many small towns in the Golden Triangle and surrounding area that are dying, drying up, and disappearing from view.

 

 

Raymond Gross: 'Old Reliable'

While growing up in a coal mining town in southeast Kentucky, I became very familiar with the L&N Railroad Co.

 

 

Nan Morrow: Thank you, Annie

Earlier this month in our annual Christmas card, our paper carrier noted she would be retiring from delivering our paper.

 

Roses and Thorns 12-19-10

Posted 12/18/2010 in Roses & Thorns

U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS workers; the Columbus Municipal School District; the families of two Starkville men who were killed on icy highways in north Mississippi; the vandals who broke out the windows of three cabs and two businesses in Columbus.

Ask Rufus: A December barbecue, 470 years ago

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

The native American pig had become extinct at the end of the last Ice Age probably about 10,000 years ago. It was Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who reintroduced what is now Alabama and Mississippi to pork.

 

How's this for a lump of coal: $3 a gallon gas

Posted 12/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Odds are that Santa's going to bring us an unwelcome present this Christmas: $3 a gallon gas. Thursday in Columbus, prices were ranging from $2.81 to $2.99 for a gallon of regular gas, according to gasbuddy.com.

 

 

Gary Holtman: The Postal Service and other matters

Two people have commented to me in the past two days that they had not read any of my letters recently. My response to then was, "Nothing has aggravated me enough lately to bore the public." That changed today, so, I'll hit on a few items.

 

 

A common-sense approach to teacher pay

Posted 12/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Two Columbus elementary schools are part of a new teacher-pay model the state Department of Education is touting as new and innovative. And the fact that the program is considered new and innovative speaks volumes about Mississippi schools.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Agrees with columnist

Uh oh! Either liberals are agreeing with me (my preference) or I'm agreeing with liberals! Or, as Al Gore put it, "Down is up, and up is down."

 

 

Open your hearts, and wallets, to the needy this year

Posted 12/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The season of giving is upon us. Unfortunately, in a nation wracked by recession and many of us struggling just to make our own ends meet, charitable giving is down.

 

 

Goodbye, James, and thank you

Posted 12/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis is leaving for bigger things, moving on to the DeKalb County, Ga., Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

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