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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.

 

Roses and Thorns 12-12-10

Posted 12/13/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Sarah Jo Murphy; the Columbus Arts Council; Edwina Williams and Dr. Robert Gilbert; Geri Jones, Annie Norman and Vicki West; the volunteers of the Happy Irby Christmas Fund.

 

Don't sacrifice quality of new soccer park

Posted 12/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Bids for the proposed soccer park in Burns Bottom show that quality isn't cheap. But as the county forges ahead with the project, we urge them to keep their focus on quality -- and to explore every available funding o

 

 

Stay safe this holiday season

Posted 12/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The shopping season is in full swing, and with it comes an inevitable uptick in thefts and scams.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Just a game

William Brasher has filed a lawsuit against Brent Vowell for hitting him with a cowbell after a ballgame won by State, which both men attended.

 

 

Scott Colom: Another century of American exceptionalism

Posted 12/6/2010 in Local Columns

Despite the current chatter in many corners about the decline of America, I believe America's best days are ahead of us. I'm optimistic that America will prosper in the 21st century as much as it has in past centuries.

 

 

Rewrite the tourism ordinance

Posted 12/4/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

New drama erupted around the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau this past week, with Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders proposing that the county vacate its four board appointments to the board, and make new ones.

 

 

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