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Birney Imes: A man to call when you lose your cool

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon while waiting on traffic at the intersection of Military Road and Highway 12 John Lancaster takes a call on his cell phone. It's just after 4 o'clock, and, depending on whose thermometer you're looking at, the air outside is triple-digit hot.

 

George Hazard: 'Matterhorn' answers wait for Vietnam novel

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

Two groups have been waiting for Matterhorn, subtitled, "a novel of the Vietnam War," by Karl Marlantes. Veterans of that war are much the more important group, waiting to see if a novel could convey the nonsense of that war, its nonsense, given its constraints on their military power and its stress on body counts rather than territorial objectives -- and convey a realistic reckoning with their suffering and loyalty.

 

 

Tough love for MUW

Posted 7/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The time has come for alumni, community to leave past behind, again rally around The W

 

 

Starkville Now: Robbie Coblentz: CottonMills favoritism is wrong (link)

Posted 7/22/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

Concerns about river bridge

As mayor of the City of Columbus and on behalf of the City Council, we are asking the citizens of Columbus and surrounding areas to refrain from using the old river bridge, located at the Riverwalk, as a diving board. We are concerned that someone will be seriously injured.

 

 

Danny Gardener: Weekend get-away on Gulf Coast offers a refreshing hiatus

Posted 7/20/2010 in Local Columns

"The Gulf Coast is lovely this time of year, and besides, we need to support the people down there whom the oil gusher has affected."

 

Roses and thorns 7-18-10

Posted 7/17/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Kids' Fire Academy graduates; Starkville Board of Alderman; organizers and sponsors of Sounds of Summer; Billy Brasfield

 

Red Cross in Oktibbeha County

I'd like to set the record straight regarding recent news stories about the status of the American Red Cross office in Oktibbeha County. In particular, I want to correct the misperception that the Red Cross is abandoning Oktibbeha County. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Birney Imes: Honey, please do something about those barking raccoons

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

One night a couple weeks ago we were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by a clatter from the back porch.

 

Ben Toledano: Opposition bordering on the ridiculous

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Surely I can't be the only person amazed by the opposition to Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 "relating to unlawfully present aliens." However, the opposition itself is one thing; the expressed reasons for it are quite another. What is really going on here?

 

Rufus Ward: Nicola Marschall's Columbus portraits

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Nicola Marschall was a Prussian born portrait painter whose works included portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Otto Von Bismarck and many other notable figures of the mid to late 1800s.

 

Peter Imes: Changes in communication

Posted 7/15/2010 in Local Columns

Let's look at the way the Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other.

 

Steve Mullen: During the Williams Home's intermission, a costume change

Posted 7/14/2010 in Local Columns

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center at the corner of Main and Third streets -- and much of the block it sits on -- is abuzz with activity. Tuesday, a platoon of workers was laying the foundation for the new condominiums and office building behind the welcome center. The new building, which is being constructed by local developer Mark Castleberry, will have the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau as a downstairs tenant.

 

Remembering one who made a difference

I looked up to Mr. John Harry Thomas, who passed away May 31, 2010, as an older brother role model since the age of 5.

 

 

Concerned about census

Have you been counted in the Census? There appears to be whole neighborhoods missing from the census log books.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Photograph phobia

Posted 7/12/2010 in Local Columns

"Ma'am I'd like to up my weight by a few pounds. That's the weight I was when I got my learner's permit. I've been meaning to change it for about 40 years, but I'm just now getting around to it."

Roses and thorns 7-11-2010

Posted 7/10/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Columbus' Department of Public Works -- one of those groups of people that doesn't get a pat on the back often enough. Crews are out maintaining landscaping throughout the city -- a job that gets tougher as the weather gets hotter and the weeds more ambitious.

Birney Imes: To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted 7/10/2010 in Local Columns

Tommy Nettles' Southside home with its white picket fence and parlor with antique dining table, family portraits and overstuffed bookshelves reaching to the ceiling could have been a set in the movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

 

Letters: Negative impact of bypass should be considered

The construction of a highway bypass is not an apathetic event for a city as unfortunately some were reported to have felt in your article of Friday, June 18th.

 

 

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