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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.

 

 

Airing ‘dirty laundry’

Re: Steve Mullen’s column, “Pardon our progress …” As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I took offense to your article where you clearly pointed out some of the biggest flaws of Columbus.

 

 

Childhood diet and breast cancer

I was saddened to hear that tennis star Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I’m so glad she has an excellent prognosis.

 

 

One bridge worth rebuilding

Posted 4/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, city, county and state officials gathered at the base of the old Highway 82 bridge, heralding the state Department of Transportation’s $2 million grant to renovate the long-shuttered structure into a pedestrian park.

 

 

Belk Spring Charity Sale

Belk’s Charity Sale on May 1 from 6-10 a.m. will once again benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area, including Mississippi.

 

Steve Mullen: Pardon our progress …

Posted 4/7/2010 in Local Columns

Welcome, visitors to Columbus! Jump on board our red double-decker tour bus here, for a quick trip around our historic city. This isn’t the tour we had originally planned, but recent events have caused a slight change to the program.

 

Smith, Karriem: Give peace a chance

Posted 4/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Six days after their brawl at City Hall, Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem shook hands and made up.

 

 

The Pope’s apology

Re: Sinead O’Connor’s April 2, 2010, column “The Pope's Apology” (p. 5A). “During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out ‘Your Eminence are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?’”

 

Birney Imes: In other news …

Posted 4/5/2010 in Local Columns

Not all the news last week was bad. Sometime Columbus resident (We share him with Brooklyn, NY.) Robert Ivy was named a master architect by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Robert, who is editor in chief of Architectural Record, is only the seventh architect to be accorded this honor.

 

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