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Thinks school uniform debate misguided

I wanted to thank The Dispatch for its coverage of the current Starkville School District uniform debate. It has turned out to be a sensitive issue in the community. I can honestly say, it has made me and many other parents realize we need to be paying better attention to what is happening in our own backyard — and this means attention to bigger issues than uniforms. I thought I was doing enough by helping out in my son’s class when needed, participating in fundraisers, etc., but I was wrong, and I am embarrassed by my lack of involvement.

 

Roses and thorns 2-7-10

Posted 2/6/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Mississippi University for Women supporters; New Hope High School junior Meredith Barefield; Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation; Gen. Joseph Fant; and Kabir Karriem and other organizers of the Seventh Avenue Festival.

 

Let them eat cake

Steve Mullen (in his Wednesday column) finds it odd that MUW Alumnae send cakes to Mississippi legislators, and he wonders what the secret ingredient might be.

 

 

Inaccurate assertions

This is in response to a letter from Raymond Gross that was published in “Voice of the People” on Friday, Jan. 29.

 

 

Takes issue with letter writer

Mr. Gross states that President Obama has frozen the cola increases for Social Security recipients for 2010 and 2011 (Voice of the people, Jan. 29 The worst one-termers). He did not.

 

 

Joseph St. John: A new way of doing business

Posted 2/6/2010 in Local Columns

Starting this month, the Columbus Police Department is putting a greater emphasis on serving outstanding warrants on subjects who are in violation of the law. This includes the numerous criminal warrants that have not been served and people who are in contempt of court in regard to unpaid fines.

 

Steve Mullen: Let them eat cake

Posted 2/3/2010 in Local Columns

Rep. Gary Chism told a story on a talk radio program a couple months ago, shortly after the governor released his proposed budget that called for The W to merge with Mississippi State University.

 

Poor loser

In Mein Kamp Hitler demonstrated that he understood the power of the “big lie.” Being more genteel than he, I prefer to call the repetitions, distortions, denials and ad hominem attacks on MUW alumnae who oppose the name change – myths. In the interest of accuracy in journalism, I want to bust a few of those myths.

 

 

Loving it to death

Posted 2/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

If the actions of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee are any indication, the Legislature won’t pursue a name change for Mississippi University for Women this session. A bill that would give the Institute for Higher Learning authority to rename the school and would likely result in a new gender-neutral name died for lack of a motion late Monday afternoon.

 

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 1/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A rose to state Sen. Doug Davis, who we expect Monday to bring the MUW name change to committee, and to local leaders who are going to the Capitol to support the measure.

 

Birney Imes: The philosopher coach

Posted 1/30/2010 in Local Columns

John Cohen is equal parts baseball coach and philosopher. At least that’s the impression I got listening to him speak to the Starkville Rotary Club Monday.

Jay Lacklen: Every child left behind

Posted 1/28/2010 in Local Columns

In an effort to make successful students out of all children, the American education system is thwarting and inhibiting the majority of students who must carry the heavy burden of disruptive, malcontented, students who destroy classroom discipline.

 

Our right to know

Posted 1/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe they think they’re protecting themselves. Or perhaps they’ve forgotten they’re managing public funds.

 

Steve Mullen: Elected, appointed — or none at all?

Posted 1/27/2010 in Local Columns

We often find ourselves choosing sides. Dogs or cats. Coke or Pepsi. New Orleans or Indianapolis. Jay or Conan.

 

Money equals free speech

There once was the Supreme Court of our land Who pondered free speech with unfair hand.

 

 

Local Voices: Keep MSMS and MSA separate

Posted 1/26/2010 in Local Columns

Regarding your “Local Voices: Surviving the Next Three Months” editorial of Jan. 24, I sent the below e-mail to each/every Mississippi State Senator/Representative who serve on their respective chamber Education committee. I am writing to you today concerning the potential move/merger of the Mississippi School for the Arts [MSA] and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science [MSMS]. I am writing as (1) a Mississippi resident and constituent, (2) a parent, and (3) a graduate of the Mississippi public school system.

 

Birney Imes: Surviving the next three months

Posted 1/23/2010 in Local Columns

When it comes to Mississippi University for Women and this legislative session, no news is good news. And according to two local legislators, that might well be the case.

Roses and thorns 1-24-10

Posted 1/23/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Oasis of Freedom and Justice Award recipients;Columbus Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens; and the family and friends of four Mississippi University for Women students

 

The flip side of the Starkville Tea Party

The Tea Party keynote speaker Angela McGlowan states that we should elect individuals who are great motivational speakers. George Bush was one of the best and look what he left us. Two wars, if you put them back to back, it would be a total of 16 years. The cost of these wars would have paid for the health care bill several times over.

 

 

MUW name change appears to be dead, at least for now

Posted 1/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say it ain’t so, Kelvin. It appears that the chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, has decided to quash any bill recommending a name change for Mississippi University for Women — a school that has been admitting men since 1982 and sees the name as a hindrance to building enough enrollment to survive and thrive.

 

 

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