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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.

 

Roses and thorns 12-5-10

Posted 12/4/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Tornado victims; Columbus Main Street; Debbie Fancher; party responsible for the release of a Lowndes County murder suspect

Birney Imes: Christmas memories

Posted 12/4/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night after an hour or so of Wassail Fest, my mate and I and another couple slid into a booth of a popular downtown restaurant. The place was packed; we had waited 40 minutes for a table.

 

We love a parade

Posted 12/3/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Is it Christmas already? It's getting there. New evidence will come marching down local streets over the next few days, as Christmas parades bring our communities out.

 

 

Columbus should move forward with annexation plan

Posted 12/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to annexation, the city of Columbus is caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the heavy costs associated with providing services to new city areas.

 

 

Keep politics off of CVB board

Posted 12/1/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The all-out war that erupted several weeks ago between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau appears to have moved into a period of cold war.

 

 

Mark Bean: The ever underrated Leslie Frazier

Great article on Leslie Frazier. It looks like he's off to a good start. Leslie has always been the consummate overachiever. At every stage of his development/career, he has performed well above expectations.

 

 

Congrats to the bowling Bulldogs

Posted 11/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Few things are less predictable than college football. In Mississippi, the home team historically wins the Egg Bowl, the annual battle between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This year, the game was played in Oxford. Yet the Golden Egg is still in Starkville.

 

 

Shawn Parker: Thanks for help with shoebox mission

I would like to express appreciation to our mayor, city council, and city department heads and employees for helping last Monday with the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection effort. First Baptist Church serves as a Collection Center for this ministry and received over 18,500 shoeboxes this year from the surrounding region.

 

 

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