This letter is in response to "The Columbus School Board Responds" article in yesterday's Commercial Dispatch, allegedly written by Currie Fisher, Bruce Hanson, Glenn Lautzenhiser, Tommy Prude and Alma Turner, who currently hold the position of Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.
Rich with history and culture, the South can be intoxicating, exotic and sometimes incomprehensible to the outsider. Its tumultuous past and vivid characters also make it an inviting target for national media and Hollywood.
My name is being tossed around publicly in the Sunday Dispatch as a "political activist" because I have offered to serve on the Board of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. The labeling suggests I have something to gain by serving on that board.
This is in response to your editorial dated August 10, 2011: The Board of Trustees of the Columbus Municipal School District is accountable to many different constituencies: the district's boys and girls, employees, taxpayers and citizens. We have a responsibility to the boys and girls of the district to provide them with a high quality education.
The Columbus school board answers to no one. Or so it seems. When recently asked to appear before the body that appointed them -- the Columbus City Council -- the school board declined, on the advice of their attorney.
I received a copy of a widespread e-mail that was sent out Thursday, Aug. 4th. The sender was a Lynn Wright supporter. In the text of the e-mail, there some crass remarks made towards my wife's campaign but nothing that I couldn't normally shake off.
Anytime an important community agency has an opportunity to choose new leadership, the net should be cast as far and wide as practically possible. The importance of good leadership cannot be overemphasized.
Voters, poll workers, Mississippi State University Extension Center, Columbus' Night out Against Crime participants
At 2 a.m. the cats are perched on the backyard grass like proud lions waiting to be photographed. When the dew begins to form, they will drift over to the pine mulch of the flower beds and lie on their backs among the black-eyed Susans.
After reading the recent comments in The Commercial Dispatch regarding District Attorney Forrest Allgood (Forrest Allgood responds, July 26, 2011, Voice of the people), I couldn't refrain from weighing in with my experiences.
Is it ethical for a Lowndes County Schools employee who happens to be a candidate for superintendent to use the school districts database for political purposes?
We've watched the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau plug along without a full-time director for five months.
If you watch politics closely and study the candidates with care, you walk through the entrance to the polling station with eagerness to cast your vote. Yet, even before marking the first ballot, a voter confronts the head-scratching dilemma of deciding which primary ballot to pick up. There are two tables, but you can only go to one.
You are expected to have a phone on your person at all times; if not a phone, then you should have an answering machine or caller ID. If you miss a call, people get mad. If you don't call them back, they get mad. Sometimes you're not home; you're working, in the garden, in the bathroom, simply not available.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Today is a big day for our state and counties. It's election day.
I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.
For the past two months a lot of people have spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to convince you to give them a four-year job. On Tuesday, they'll find out how convincing they've been.
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