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Birney Imes: The philosopher coach

Posted 1/30/2010 in Local Columns

John Cohen is equal parts baseball coach and philosopher. At least that’s the impression I got listening to him speak to the Starkville Rotary Club Monday.

 

Our right to know

Posted 1/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe they think they’re protecting themselves. Or perhaps they’ve forgotten they’re managing public funds.

 

Jay Lacklen: Every child left behind

Posted 1/28/2010 in Local Columns

In an effort to make successful students out of all children, the American education system is thwarting and inhibiting the majority of students who must carry the heavy burden of disruptive, malcontented, students who destroy classroom discipline.

Steve Mullen: Elected, appointed — or none at all?

Posted 1/27/2010 in Local Columns

We often find ourselves choosing sides. Dogs or cats. Coke or Pepsi. New Orleans or Indianapolis. Jay or Conan.

 

Money equals free speech

There once was the Supreme Court of our land Who pondered free speech with unfair hand.

 

 

Local Voices: Keep MSMS and MSA separate

Posted 1/26/2010 in Local Columns

Regarding your “Local Voices: Surviving the Next Three Months” editorial of Jan. 24, I sent the below e-mail to each/every Mississippi State Senator/Representative who serve on their respective chamber Education committee. I am writing to you today concerning the potential move/merger of the Mississippi School for the Arts [MSA] and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science [MSMS]. I am writing as (1) a Mississippi resident and constituent, (2) a parent, and (3) a graduate of the Mississippi public school system.

 

Roses and thorns 1-24-10

Posted 1/23/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Oasis of Freedom and Justice Award recipients;Columbus Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens; and the family and friends of four Mississippi University for Women students

Birney Imes: Surviving the next three months

Posted 1/23/2010 in Local Columns

When it comes to Mississippi University for Women and this legislative session, no news is good news. And according to two local legislators, that might well be the case.

 

The flip side of the Starkville Tea Party

The Tea Party keynote speaker Angela McGlowan states that we should elect individuals who are great motivational speakers. George Bush was one of the best and look what he left us. Two wars, if you put them back to back, it would be a total of 16 years. The cost of these wars would have paid for the health care bill several times over.

 

 

MUW name change appears to be dead, at least for now

Posted 1/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say it ain’t so, Kelvin. It appears that the chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, has decided to quash any bill recommending a name change for Mississippi University for Women — a school that has been admitting men since 1982 and sees the name as a hindrance to building enough enrollment to survive and thrive.

 

 

Parker Furniture: Thanks to all who helped along the way

After 63 years of business, Parker Appliance and Furniture Co. has decided to close.

 

 

How the Veterans’ Bypass came about.

I asked Harry Sanders, president of the board of supervisors, to help me get a road named for the veterans. He said it would be too much for 911 to change all the addresses, and we would need to wait till the county put in a new road. Then he said for me to talk to John Holliman, because he builds subdivisions, and to get him to name a street for the veterans. I thought that would be an insult to the veterans of our country,

 

 

Fire tragedies offer painful lessons for the rest of us

Posted 1/20/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The community has not had time to recover from the loss of nine people — six of them small children — in an apartment fire in Starkville.

 

Steve Mullen: For MUW students, tangible grief in cyberspace

Posted 1/20/2010 in Local Columns

The wildly popular film “Avatar” takes us to the fictional alien planet Pandora, a place where all the plants and animals are bound, synoptically, as if the planet forms a single brain. Essentially, a leaf doesn’t fall off a tree without the rest of the planet knowing about it. When an animal dies, it lives on — or at least its essence does, there for all the other creatures to plug in and relive its presence.

 

Dream 365

Posted 1/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Learnard Dickerson, Tony Montgomery and Lavonne Harris deserve a big round of applause, they and all the Dream 365 volunteers who made possible the just completed four-day-long Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

 

Birney Imes: Friday night on the town

Posted 1/16/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night was not one for counting flowers on the wall, smoking cigarettes or watching Captain Kangaroo.

 

The devastation in Haiti

With heartbreaking scenes of Haiti everywhere on TV, once again certain televangelists have opened their mouths and spoken hurtful opinions by saying that Haiti brought this on themselves. Seems according to this one major evangelist, Haiti made a deal with the devil in the 1700’s so they could overcome the French and be their own sovereign nation. Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t, I don’t know since I wasn’t around.

 

 

Faith and education

I, too, read the article comparing religious faith and education (Religion, happiness and education levels, Voice of the people, Jan. 10).

 

Steve Mullen: So I’m not smarter than a fourth grader. So what?

Posted 1/13/2010 in Local Columns

We crossed another of those parenting milestones this week, and to our credit, we were smart enough to notice.

 

An example of how The W enriches

As the Alumnae of MUW come together to defend The W, we are given a beautiful example of the importance of the university to the community in the work of Professor Al Holen. (”MUW, Arts Council join in exhibits”).

 

 

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