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Roses and Thorns 4-25-10

Posted 4/24/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of Mayor Robert Smith’s Unity Picnic; Organizers and participants in this Year’s Relay for Life; volunteers who serve their local hospitals; and Sarah Caldwell, Reagan Hall and Anastasia Winters

 

A bridge too far

Posted 4/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In trying to pawn off their bridge on the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city and county burned one.

 

Steve Mullen: Teamwork, and vision, needed for downtown

Posted 4/21/2010 in Local Columns

For decades, management types have been warned to avoid a “silo” mentality in their businesses — imagine those tall Midwestern grain silos, which hold everything in and keep everything else out. Simply put, people tend to cluster within their own area, or their own department, inside a business. As the thinking goes, while individual departments within the same business might look similar, they don’t communicate — they’re trapped within their own silo. So, good ideas don’t spread and the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. The business doesn’t innovate, or grow.

 

Heartened by show of generosity

The people of Columbus are generous. This is what I learned last Tuesday, April 13 while spending the day with the Lowndes Young Leaders at Wal-Mart. This group of high school students from all over Lowndes County planned and organized three service projects, and I was lucky enough to “help” them collect items for the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society.

 

Rufus Ward: A Titanic Columbus link

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

This week marks the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and there is a little known Columbus link. Dr John D. Richards grew up in Columbus, went to medical school and then moved to New York City around the turn of the century. In New York he became prominent as a physician, a polo player and a trainer of polo ponies.

Roses and Thorns 4-18-10

Posted 4/17/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Golden Triangle law enforcement agencies; Starkville Area Arts Council; Harvey Myrick and Grilling on the River; city of Columbus and Lowndes County

Birney Imes: Snapping turtle for supper

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

Every week or so Ed Phillips hosts a wild game feast at his shop on Old West Point Road for a group of men that include lawyers, businessmen, tradesmen, landed gentry and the occasional ne’er-do-well.

 

Letters: Rejecting tyranny

The Boston Tea Party was not only a protest against taxation without representation, it was also a rejection of tyranny. Tyranny results from not protecting our freedom.

 

 

Letters: Appreciating our library

This week, schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day.

 

Steve Mullen: Picking the Civil War’s nit

Posted 4/14/2010 in Local Columns

Here we are, halfway through Confederate Heritage Month, and I didn’t even realize it was going on — that is, until the fracas over governor’s proclamations in Virginia and Mississippi.

 

Letters: Cemetery thieves

 

 

Letters: Millions, not thousands

It was encouraging to learn that the Tupelo Middle School has an active science club (April 12) and that they had a good field trip to a fossil bed.

 

 

Letters: Priorities

I applaud Charlie Box for taking a stand against borrowing extra money to pay for the community centers.

 

Birney Imes: Furor over dustup much ado about nothing, says Amos C.

Posted 4/13/2010 in Local Columns

The other day over a late lunch I asked my friend Amos C. his thoughts on the city hall dustup between Mayor Robert Smith and Councilman Kabir Karriem.

Garthia Elena Burnett: Even a good marriage has bumps along the way

Posted 4/13/2010 in Local Columns

Someone once told me, “Getting married isn’t for the faint of heart.”

Jay Lacklen: All purple and fragrant

Posted 4/13/2010 in Local Columns

Of all Mother Nature’s gifts to mankind proffered to apologize for a long and miserable winter, none in Columbus catches my attention as stringently as wisteria.

 

Editorial: More of the story …

Posted 4/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mayor Robert Smith wants the record set straight.

 

Roses and thorns 4-11-10

Posted 4/11/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, historic home owners and all who have worked to bring the 70th annual Pilgrimage to the city of Columbus.

Birney Imes: Looking for Ted Kooser

Posted 4/11/2010 in Local Columns

When my brother Frank was paralyzed and laid up in a hospital in California, we took turns sitting with him. While Beth was there, she read to him from a book by Ted Kooser. She had gone in a bookstore in Santa Monica looking for something to read and, as she remembers, the book jumped off the shelf into her hand. She’d never heard of the guy.

 

Apologizing isn’t enough

Thank you, Charlie Box, for making the motion before the City Council to reprimand Mayor Smith and Councilman Karriem for their embarrassing behavior last week. It is a small step toward reversing the bad publicity our city has received.

 

 

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