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Letters: A bridge story

I am writing this letter to let you know of another bridge success story.

 

 

Letters: A well-deserved rose

Sunday’s Commercial Dispatch very appropriately awarded a rose to Annunciation Catholic School for its lead in teaching “Save Energy.”

 

 

Letters: Important meeting

As early as 2004 the original designs for a proposed sportsplex were presented to our city and county leaders. After a long six years, the proposal has been refined and is now openly embraced by our current leaders.

 

Birney Imes: One mother in law’s take on city planning

Posted 5/2/2010 in Local Columns

The other night, my mother in law, who has a genius for distilling a complex issue into its essence, said as she was polishing off her daily Dispatch crossword, “Columbus has too many people finding fault with it instead of finding good.”

 

Steve Rogers: Our own worst enemy

Posted 5/2/2010 in Local Columns

The response – and lack of – to the recent fatal shooting at a Columbus nightclub is not only disturbing but also indicative of the city's propensity to sometimes be its own worst enemy.

 

 

Letters: Lost and found

Quick action and cool heads found two lost 20-year-olds that started at the Lake Lowndes nature trail and ended up in Alabama Thursday evening.

 

 

The Packet: Local minister explains his arrest (link)

 

Steve Mullen: A bridge that helped revive a city

Posted 4/28/2010 in Local Columns

It’s too outdated to handle traffic. It has been derided as a bridge to nowhere — or at least nowhere that anyone wants to go. Some wonder why we shouldn’t just knock it down, rather than fix it up.

 

Appreciates Baptist care

I have a tale to tell you about a person who was afraid to go into the hospital. She had heard all sorts of stories of how the hospital did not care for the people who were ill. She had even had several incidents herself. When her doctor said he would do the surgery and replace her knee, not only was the doctor worried about infection, but she was afraid of things also.

 

 

Appreciates coverage

Two thumbs-up for the outstanding work by the WCBI-TV staff all day Saturday during the bad-weather that came through our area.

 

Roses and Thorns 4-25-10

Posted 4/24/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of Mayor Robert Smith’s Unity Picnic; Organizers and participants in this Year’s Relay for Life; volunteers who serve their local hospitals; and Sarah Caldwell, Reagan Hall and Anastasia Winters

Rufus Ward: Lions and Tygers and Bears

Posted 4/24/2010 in Local Columns

First during deer season and now during turkey season radio talk shows and hunters are all discussing black panthers and if they are really found in Mississippi. Naturalists all agree that the black panther is not to be found in North America. However, Mississippi is within the traditional range of the Florida panther and within the last two years a deer feeder’s game camera recorded a night photo of a panther in central Louisiana.

Birney Imes: Charles Lindbergh lands in Maben

Posted 4/24/2010 in Local Columns

“No attempt at jokes today. A . . . slim, tall, bashful, smiling American boy is somewhere over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where no lone human being has ever ventured before. . . . If he is lost it will be the most universally regretted loss we ever had.” —Will Rogers

 

A bridge too far

Posted 4/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In trying to pawn off their bridge on the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city and county burned one.

 

Steve Mullen: Teamwork, and vision, needed for downtown

Posted 4/21/2010 in Local Columns

For decades, management types have been warned to avoid a “silo” mentality in their businesses — imagine those tall Midwestern grain silos, which hold everything in and keep everything else out. Simply put, people tend to cluster within their own area, or their own department, inside a business. As the thinking goes, while individual departments within the same business might look similar, they don’t communicate — they’re trapped within their own silo. So, good ideas don’t spread and the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. The business doesn’t innovate, or grow.

 

Heartened by show of generosity

The people of Columbus are generous. This is what I learned last Tuesday, April 13 while spending the day with the Lowndes Young Leaders at Wal-Mart. This group of high school students from all over Lowndes County planned and organized three service projects, and I was lucky enough to “help” them collect items for the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society.

 

Rufus Ward: A Titanic Columbus link

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

This week marks the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and there is a little known Columbus link. Dr John D. Richards grew up in Columbus, went to medical school and then moved to New York City around the turn of the century. In New York he became prominent as a physician, a polo player and a trainer of polo ponies.

Roses and Thorns 4-18-10

Posted 4/17/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Golden Triangle law enforcement agencies; Starkville Area Arts Council; Harvey Myrick and Grilling on the River; city of Columbus and Lowndes County

Birney Imes: Snapping turtle for supper

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

Every week or so Ed Phillips hosts a wild game feast at his shop on Old West Point Road for a group of men that include lawyers, businessmen, tradesmen, landed gentry and the occasional ne’er-do-well.

 

Letters: Rejecting tyranny

The Boston Tea Party was not only a protest against taxation without representation, it was also a rejection of tyranny. Tyranny results from not protecting our freedom.

 

 

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