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Birney Imes: Looking for Ted Kooser

Posted 4/11/2010 in Local Columns

When my brother Frank was paralyzed and laid up in a hospital in California, we took turns sitting with him. While Beth was there, she read to him from a book by Ted Kooser. She had gone in a bookstore in Santa Monica looking for something to read and, as she remembers, the book jumped off the shelf into her hand. She’d never heard of the guy.

 

Apologizing isn’t enough

Thank you, Charlie Box, for making the motion before the City Council to reprimand Mayor Smith and Councilman Karriem for their embarrassing behavior last week. It is a small step toward reversing the bad publicity our city has received.

 

 

Airing ‘dirty laundry’

Re: Steve Mullen’s column, “Pardon our progress …” As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I took offense to your article where you clearly pointed out some of the biggest flaws of Columbus.

 

 

Childhood diet and breast cancer

I was saddened to hear that tennis star Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I’m so glad she has an excellent prognosis.

 

 

One bridge worth rebuilding

Posted 4/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, city, county and state officials gathered at the base of the old Highway 82 bridge, heralding the state Department of Transportation’s $2 million grant to renovate the long-shuttered structure into a pedestrian park.

 

 

Belk Spring Charity Sale

Belk’s Charity Sale on May 1 from 6-10 a.m. will once again benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area, including Mississippi.

 

 

Smith, Karriem: Give peace a chance

Posted 4/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Six days after their brawl at City Hall, Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem shook hands and made up.

 

Steve Mullen: Pardon our progress …

Posted 4/7/2010 in Local Columns

Welcome, visitors to Columbus! Jump on board our red double-decker tour bus here, for a quick trip around our historic city. This isn’t the tour we had originally planned, but recent events have caused a slight change to the program.

 

The Pope’s apology

Re: Sinead O’Connor’s April 2, 2010, column “The Pope's Apology” (p. 5A). “During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out ‘Your Eminence are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?’”

 

 

Bad news travels fast

On Saturday, my husband was sitting at a local tire store in Tennessee. While waiting a man and his wife came in off the interstate with tire problems. The man started a conversation about their trip to Columbus. My husband and I are both from Columbus so what were the odds?

 

 

Appreciates Robert Smith

It was amazing to get texts and calls in my present location of Northern Virginia about my mayor being arrested for assault. Yes I say my mayor because no matter where I am in this world Columbus is home, that is where my heart and soul reside.

 

 

Stranger and stranger

Ah, our local leaders (past and present). Isn’t it bad enough that we have to put up with the childish behavior and antics of Leroy Brooks and the criminal actions of Kamal Karriem and Jim Terry? Now it’s Robert Smith and Kabir Karriem!

 

Birney Imes: In other news …

Posted 4/5/2010 in Local Columns

Not all the news last week was bad. Sometime Columbus resident (We share him with Brooklyn, NY.) Robert Ivy was named a master architect by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Robert, who is editor in chief of Architectural Record, is only the seventh architect to be accorded this honor.

Jay lacklen: Saigon

Posted 4/5/2010 in Local Columns

Saigon, the defunct capital of South Vietnam, no longer exists except fondly in the memory of several hundred thousand American soldiers.

 

WCBI: Steve Rogers: They Missed Their Chance, Now They Should Resign (link)

Posted 4/3/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

Fisticuffs at City Hall: ‘It’s embarrassing; it’s humiliating’

Posted 4/3/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

When we first heard about it, we thought it was an April Fools’ joke. In one sense it was; in this case, the tricksters, happened to be Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem. The joke is on the people and the city of Columbus.

 

Roses and thorns 4-4-10

Posted 4/3/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Relay for Life teams; George Irby, Sen. Terry Brown, city and county officials; and Robert Adams Ivy

 

Women needed in city hall

I think it was president Harry Truman who said "If you can't stand the heat—get out of the kitchen." It seems some of our elected officials continue to behave in an uncivilized manner and bring shame on our city. With the Internet being worldwide, I can just imagine how captains of industry are wondering about selecting our area for economic development about now.

 

 

MDOT’s reach goes beyond roads

Posted 4/1/2010 in Local Columns

In thanking the Mississippi Department of Transportation during a Wednesday press conference for recent road funding, Columbus Lowndes Development Link executive director Joe Higgins pointed out that rural Mississippi’s road needs were once “farm-to-market” roads — something good enough for farmers to take their goods to town to sell.

 

Steve Mullen: A pop quiz for the first quarter: The answers

Posted 3/31/2010 in Local Columns

If this column seems more incoherent than usual, the you probably missed last week’s questions about the top local news stories of the first three months of 2010.

 

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