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A unique opportunity

Posted 8/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, a group of planners, architects and designers will begin a three-day series of meetings and workshops, collectively termed a “charrette,” meant to help Columbus form a plan for future growth and city revitalization.

 

Bert Montgomery: Gospel Care — an open letter to churches

Posted 8/31/2009 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago my Commercial Dispatch column “Holy Health Care!” was picked up and carried in a few other newspapers. Something about it spoke to people.

 

Unfriendly city

I woke up this wonderful Sunday morning with rain lurking in the air to find that some one had taken a large rock to our fairly new mailbox.

 

 

Alcohol already available on Sunday

We keep hearing, “Stop Sunday alcohol sales in Columbus.” The fact is there are already Sunday alcohol sales in Columbus. Beer and light wine (wine coolers, etc..) have been sold on Sundays in Columbus for years in stores and restaurants.

 

 

Supports MUW name change

Eleven years ago I was a senior at Columbus High School. I hadn’t the slightest idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My guidance counselor shot down my dreams of attending Morehouse College in Atlanta.

 

 

In praise of Burns Bottom

To the Columbus Lowndes Parks and Recreation Board who voted unanimously for Burns Bottom as the site for the soccer complex, thank you. And to the ad-hoc committee who also supported the site – thank you as well.

 

 

Message in a bottle

Posted 8/26/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The domino theory is being proven in northeast Mississippi. Within days of Starkville’s decision to allow Sunday beer sales and to petition the state to allow restaurants to sell wine and liquor on Sundays, other municipalities have looked to open the tap on their own alcohol intake.

 

 

Scaring Ourselves Silly: a poem about health care

Forty seven million without health care. Millions more, to make a claim, don’t dare. Their high-paid insurance they might lose If they missed the small print of the Don’ts and Do’s.

 

 

Support the RAC

Recently, I had the privilege of exhibiting my art work at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. What an impressive facility! And delightful staff.

 

Bert Montgomery: The truth about Favre and pickin’ flowers

Posted 8/24/2009 in Local Columns

I'd like to address two rumors I've heard this week: first, that quarterback Brett Favre is retired; and second, that the upcoming 3rd Annual Pardon Johnny Cash Flower-Pickin' Festival in Starkville is dead.

Birney Imes: We were all cool and beautiful

Posted 8/22/2009 in Local Columns

This past weekend mine and Beth’s high school class — S.D. Lee High’s “Mighty Class of ‘69” — held its 40th reunion. We observed the usual roster of events: a Friday night gathering at Grahams’ Camphouse and Local History Museum (Jimmy and Jo Ann Graham are due much gratitude for sharing with the community this remarkable setting they’ve created.), a memorial service for classmates who have died and a Saturday night dance featuring Big Ben Atkins at the Country Club.

Roses and thorns 8-23-09

Posted 8/22/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Mississippi University for Women, health officials at Mississippi State University, West Point Board of Selectmen, and Jim Robinson

 

Bogus arguments

The debate about the complex issue of healthcare reform is not helped by several bogus arguments which mislead rather than clarify. I would like to list several of them.

 

Steve Mullen: Keeping the teeth in line

Posted 8/21/2009 in Local Columns

The 7-year-old walked too close to the swing set at school, and got clocked by a swinging kid — right in the teeth. I didn’t see the immediate aftermath, but it must have looked like a scene from “Carrie.” Somehow she managed to bleed on her socks.

 

Sportsplex

Re: Sportsplex land. I don't see a rich verses poor plot, however, I think the Country Club is looking for a “bail out.” If golf was booming, there is no way they would offer that property for sale.

 

 

Concerned about healthcare plan funding abortions

If you have paid attention to the healthcare townhall meetings held across the nation this month, you know there is lots of fear surrounding the Obama administration's proposal to reform the way we receive health care in this nation. Those fears may or may not be justified.

 

 

Unhappy with congressman

The health care package is Obama’s newest trick, sometimes I think it’s only a big diversion play in an effort to cover up the first six months of boo boos.

 

 

Congress is on vacation: Now is our chance

Dear Editor, I am a primary care physician and have been practicing since 1989. I am very active in healthcare reform and I have a Web site (www.OurHealthReform.com) devoted to that reform. This is my second mass mailing to US newspapers in an effort to give a perspective that is not often offered: one from the mid-point of the reform spectrum.

 

 

What we will become

Other industrialized nations provide universal health care, from Australia to Canada and Finland to Israel. Our Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration have demonstrated what can be done, even with a shortage of funding and focus.

 

 

Golf course could be put to better use

Re: A New Possibility for Soccer Complex: Columbus Country Club Golf Course (Our Opinion, Aug. 13) The article was well written and thought provoking.

 

 

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