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Former W student and prof supports Reneau

I am writing this letter to say that I strongly support the proposed new name, Reneau University for MUW. I am a graduate of MSCW, now MUW, Class of 1945. I taught in the Art Department at MUW from 1949 to 1985.

 

 

MUW: Stay the course on name change

Posted 10/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As each day passes, the discussion surrounding the renaming of Mississippi University for Women more resembles the Abbott and Costello comedy skit, “Who’s on First?”

 

 

MUW writers’ symposium an invigorating event

I just wanted to remind readers that the MUW Writers' Symposium is this Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Friday (all day) on the MUW campus. I attended last year for the first time and was really knocked over by the entire event. I had incorrectly assumed that it was something just for very literary people and it is not. It offers a personal glimpse of the authors' creative processes and is often humorous, emotional, thought-provoking and just plain fun.

 

 

Thanks for the help

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank three gentlemen at Caledonia for going the extra mile in helping with the Caledonia Day preparation. It takes many committee members and a lot of hard work to prepare for this big event in Caledonia and everyone, including these men, have done a marvelous job in getting this together this year.

 

 

A big thank you

On behalf of the town of Caledonia, I would like to say a big “Thank You” to all the sponsors, vendors, stage performers, street performers, and especially to all the people who showed up for another successful Caledonia Day.

 

Steve Mullen: Hang on to your butts: Where there’s smokes, there’s fire

Posted 10/21/2009 in Local Columns

There’s gonna be a huge warehouse sale in Tupelo next week — and it ain’t on furniture. The state Tax Commission seized an estimated $20 million worth of smokes in a tax raid in April, and on Oct. 27, it plans to auction off its contraband to the highest bidders.

Birney Imes: Three encounters

Posted 10/18/2009 in Local Columns

Two sisters Sunday a week ago in front of the Catholic Church in the drizzling rain two Korean women were gathering the fruit from the Ginkgo trees lining College Street. The women are sisters. They live in Tuscaloosa. The older one is wearing gloves; the younger one is using tongs. They have just come from Reese Orchards in Sessums where they have been picking persimmons, a fruit popular with Asians.

Roses and thorns 10-18-09

Posted 10/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of a plethora of events and festivals over the weekend; David Bouchard; Heritage Academy students, parents and alumni; and Starkville citizens

Steve Mullen: Caught in the middle

Posted 10/14/2009 in Local Columns

There comes a time for all of us when we finally feel our age. I turned 39 a few weeks ago. This is a birthday no one wants to celebrate. It’s much like 29, but 10 years worse. I recall, incredulously, that once, I actually wished to be older. Now, I want the clock to turn back, or at least slow down for a precious minute or two.

 

Four cases of bad judgment

Posted 10/13/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The decision by a sitting town mayor, a former state representative and two Lowndes County legislators to join a petition for a change of venue in a local capital murder case is a cautionary tale about the intersection of justice and politics. It is also a flagrant example of bad judgment by four men who should know better.

 

 

Voting for what is best for the town

First of all I would like to say thank you to all the voters of Caledonia that elected me as alderman. I am glad to have your vote of confidence and support.

 

Roses and thorns 10-11-09

Posted 10/10/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Local school districts; Caledonia Mayor George Gerhart, Sen. Terry Brown, Rep. Jeff Smith and East Mississippi Community College Entrepreneurial Development Facilitator Bruce Hanson; Starkville Parks and Recreation Department;organizers of Dream 365; and the Caledonia High School band, cheerleaders, and dance team.

 

Military Road a mess

At first I was upset at all the potholes on Military Road, then I saw how it was making the cars slow down to the speed limit. They are doing it to keep from tearing their cars up. And besides, look at all the money the city is saving on speed bumps. Thanks to the city constantly digging another hole and halfway filling it up, the traffic is now down to the speed limit of 30 mph. Even the cops have quit running radar on it. Look at the money they are saving there, too. I am quite sure I am not the only one who is glad the cops aren't lurking around anymore. It is also humorous to see the school buses hit them doing about 40, and see those kids in the back start bouncing around like gumballs in a gumball machine.

 

 

Making the case for Coach Roy

About a year ago I sat on an airplane somewhere on the west coast eager to get back home after a few days of hard work. At some point between our taxi and takeoff I reached for my USA Today and began to read.

 

Bert Montgomery: Prayer, priorities and the Jumbotron

Posted 10/6/2009 in Local Columns

Written on Saturday, Oct. 3, prior to the MSU/Georgia Tech football game. “Nice to see the faculty raises being put to good use!” joked a school administrator to an MSU professor, referring to the huge banner of Coach Dan Mullen hanging along the side of one of the stadium ramps.

 

Birney Imes: Buxton has left the building

Posted 10/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The man for whom a cliché was invented died last week in Las Vegas. His name was Buxton Williams, and not once in his 62 years did he meet a stranger.

 

 

Favors national health care

I’m in favor of a national health-care system (NHS) like Canada, France and England. Until we get the greedy and corrupt insurance companies out of the way, we are never going to have real health-care reform. We have insurance, but the out-of-pocket costs are taking money we could be using to eat healthier.

 

 

In defense of Obama

In reference to Raymond Gross’ letter to the editor, he says “Lots of people think that this President is taking this country in a wrong direction.” Let me remind him that lots of people voted for Obama; it’s called the majority.

 

 

A philosophical limerick

There have been many prophets who said “Believe and be raised from the dead.” Although it is quite clever To make us live forever, Could they not fix this world’s evils instead?

 

 

Roses and thorns 10/4/09

A rose to The Brickfire Project for bringing the Black Hills Festival back to Starkville after a decade, After a 10-year hiatus, the festival, held Saturday at J.L. King Memorial Park, again brought music, food and fun to the areas around the park, located off North Long Street.

 

 

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