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Musings on newspapers and how they are changing

As the Internet gets more and more common, even dinosaurs like me are becoming comfortable using it. At the same time, various methods of print media are fading from use.

 

 

Marty Wiseman: Is Mississippi becoming more like America, or vice versa?

Posted 9/7/2010 in Local Columns

The annual rhetorical outburst that is fast becoming customary during the sweltering month of August has certainly served as the impetus for more than a few moments of reflection. Perhaps the highlight this year was conservative commentator Glenn Beck's dusting off of the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King made his classic "I have a Dream Speech" to make a national religious call to arms.

 

Roses and thorns 9-5-10

Posted 9/4/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roast-n-Boast barbecue contest participants and organizers; organizers of Travis Outlaw Day; Starkville volunteers; and Leroy Brooks

 

Sidewalk plans comply with city rules

Let's set the record straight. In the August 30th edition of "readers comment," an anonymous posting asked questions about the sidewalk conflict at GTP&DD in Starkville.

 

 

A website that's worth something

Posted 9/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, we began charging for some content on our website, cdispatch.com. This decision, and exactly how we should go about it, came after much internal discussion and debate.

 

 

Editorial: Budget issues loom for W, Brigham

Posted 9/1/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Allegra Brigham, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, is locked in a game of good cop, bad cop.

 

 

Letter: Too many attack ads

Attack ads and negative campaigning have become all too common in the United States.

 

 

Letter: Reunited via the Internet

My husband and I are from Enterprise.

 

 

Turning trees into gasoline

Posted 9/1/2010 in Local Columns

Two centuries ago, wood served as our energy fuel for the American frontier, providing home heat and powering commercial furnaces and eventually steam engines.

 

 

Starkville sidewalks: 'We must begin somewhere'

Editor's note: Columbus City Council has passed a sidewalk ordinance that would require (when feasible) the building of sidewalks in any new development. Both the sidewalk ordinance and the Senior Enrichment Center are seeking to provide a positive impact within our city. Support for one does not indicate opposition for the other. In fact they should go hand in hand.

 

Roses and thorns 8-29-2010

Posted 8/29/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Sarah Sepaugh of Starkville for her efforts to preserve the city of Starkville's support of the library.

Rufus Ward: A first-hand account of Grierson's Cavalry Raid of 1863

Posted 8/29/2010 in Local Columns

One of the most famous calvary exploits of the Civil War was the Union calvary raid through Mississippi by Col. B.H.Grierson in 1863. The raid has been the subject of several books and even a John Wayne movie, "The Horse Soldiers."

Birney Imes: Wil Colom wants to help save the world

Posted 8/29/2010 in Local Columns

Sometimes the answer comes before the question is fully formed. Just ask Wil Colom. Eight years ago, the lawyer/businessman/entrepreneur happened to be standing on the Serengeti Plain in northern Tanzania in the presence of a Maasai warrior when he heard music.

 

Unions have outlived their usefulness

Steve Moore raised several good points in his letter supporting the right of labor unions to strike (Voice of the people, Aug. 25).

 

 

A biofuel plant for Columbus

Posted 8/27/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2011, Columbus will be home to a cutting-edge biofuel production site, potentially paving the way for more renewable energy sources.

 

 

Peter Imes: How to unsend an e-mail in Gmail

Posted 8/26/2010 in Local Columns

Gmail is Google's free e-mail service. Through www.gmail.com, you can create an e-mail account that you can check on virtually any computer connected to the Internet. It's a replacement for Outlook or Apple Mail and is similar to Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

 

 

Letter; Charmed by visit

My friends and I visited your town in June.

 

 

Letter: A response to critics of strikers

I am writing in response to the anonymous bloggers who have offered their opinions about the ongoing strike at Omnova. I worked at United Technologies formerly American Bosch beginning in the union ranks then moving into a management position.

 

Steve Mullen: The light in August is overrated

Posted 8/25/2010 in Local Columns

I learned back in college that William Faulkner's wife made a remark to him about the "light in August," giving him the name for one of his novels. (If you still can't guess which one, Google it.)

 

What's going on? To effectively combat crime, community must join with law enforcement

Posted 8/24/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A group of men dressed like ninjas steals a truck and rams it through the front of a pawnshop. A second group comes back to rob the place again a couple days later.

 

 

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