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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

 

Let's get real about sex education

Posted 10/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.

 

 

Things abuzz at The W

Posted 10/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.

 

 

Carolyn Hennessee: A new appreciation

A week ago, we said goodbye to our military friends as we left our fourth CAFB reunion headed for our homes in Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. We had decided that this year would be a great time to visit Columbus.

 

 

Editorial: Cadence deal with Texas firm benefits Golden Triangle

Posted 10/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.

 

 

The Cadence Bank train wreck

I wanted to thank you for the article on Lewis Mallory and Cadence Bank. I think they are well written and give a good background into problems that lead to the bank failure. Mr. Mallory said he loved the bank, started as an intern and worked his way to the top, so how could he let this good institution go to the dogs.

 

 

Community college still the best deal in higher education

Posted 10/5/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.

 

Roses and thorns 10-3-10

Posted 10/2/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival; organizers of the Fall Tour of Historic Homes; Main Street Columbus and the volunteers; Columbus Police Department; and the Columbus School District

 

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