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Roses and thorns 7/26/09

Posted 7/25/2009 in Roses & Thorns

  • A rose to Joe Higgins and Melissa Cook and staff of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, who organized a visit this week of about 50 visitors from the Guntersville, Ala., area.

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    Curious sports item

    Under the strange and very curious heading of "Major League Baseball,” The Commercial Dispatch has seen fit to publish a story entitled " Mattingly's son arraigned after spitting on mom" about the 24-year-old son of former major league player Don Mattingly.

     

    Birney Imes: Words, plain and fancy

    Posted 7/25/2009 in Local Columns

    As a rule, I try to get going on this column by Friday night. I can sleep easier knowing it’s at least underway. This past Friday, though, I succumbed to the siren call of a rented movie and went to bed without having written a word.

     

    ‘$7 million fiasco’

    Given the abundance of national news about health care reform, Mississippians may have failed to notice Governor Barbour’s “reform” in their own backyard. He vetoed $7 million that the state would normally provide to community mental health centers to match federal Medicaid funds.

     

     

    Can’t see reason not to consider Burns Bottom

    I may have missed something but I have yet to see any real reason to not consider Burns Bottom for the location of the sportsplex. I have seen flooding as a reason. The problem with that idea is, I have lived here in Burns Bottom since 1992 and have never had my home here on Third Street threatened by flood waters.

     

     

    ‘For women and men’

    Sixty years ago MSCW’s Class of ‘49 graduated in early June. As freshmen in September ‘45, we were the largest class ever—over 500 strong.

     

    Bert Montgomery: Football players and law breakers

    Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Columns

    Dr. Kent Sills (“Doc Sills” everybody called him) was the director of bands at Mississippi State when I was a student here back in the mid-80s. I played trombone in the Maroon Band. Doc used to say – especially during football season, and especially when we went to road games – that if any of us got arrested, he wouldn't claim us.

     

    Pathetic positions

    Last night’s front page featured our supervisors giving their various positions on the Burns Bottom location for the development of soccer fields. The strongest in favor of the site came from Mr. Sanders whose opinion was that he could think of “no better use for the land.”

     

     

    Out-of-town guests

    Posted 7/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

    A visit yesterday from a delegation from Guntersville, Ala., only served to remind us of the many assets of this place many of us call home. The group, comprised of public officials and involved citizens, spent a day in Columbus on a fact-finding exchange.

     

     

    ‘$7 million fiasco’

    Given the abundance of national news about health care reform, Mississippians may have failed to notice Governor Barbour’s “reform” in their own backyard. He vetoed $7 million that the state would normally provide to community mental health centers to match federal Medicaid funds.

     

    Steve Mullen: Tax holiday not perfect, but it’s a start

    Posted 7/22/2009 in Local Columns

    Happy holiday! The Second Most Wonderful Time of the Year — the Legislature-imposed sales tax holiday — will be upon us in nine short days, and yes, like an eager little kid, I’m counting the days. From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 1, I’ll be able to waltz into any five-and-dime or mega-mart in the state and buy some school supplies without having to pony up a single penny to the state Tax Commission.

    Birney Imes: Prickly ash bark, bear traps and Martha Stewart

    Posted 7/18/2009 in Local Columns

    Years ago, on a walk in the woods with Kerry Pittman, we came upon a tree with spikey knotty bark. Kerry pulled out a large folding knife, expertly cut a piece of the bark and handed it to me.  ”Here, chew this,” he said. As I did, I felt my mouth go numb. “Toothache tree,” he said.

    Roses and thorns 7-19-09

    Posted 7/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

    Columbus Federal Program and Inspections Director George Irby, person or persons who have been passing fake $100 bills throughout the Golden Triangle, Columbus Municipal School District, and organizers of the Columbus War Museum.

     

    Scottie D.: Remembering Donna

    Posted 7/16/2009 in Local Columns

    As a former Radio and TV journalist I thought I had become inured to the tragedies that befall us as humans; with the death of Donna Blakney, I learned otherwise.

     

     

    Supervisor appointments

    The Lowndes County Supervisor board meeting, July 7, 2009, was the first supervisor board meeting I have ever watched. As a citizen of Lowndes county, I guess I need a “thorn” for not keeping up with current affairs. Never the less, I find myself in disagreement with many of the assessments of various commentators on this meeting and the state of affairs related to our supervisors.

     

    Steve Mullen: For MUW, a Sallie Reneau-sized task

    Posted 7/15/2009 in Local Columns

    Where's Sallie Reneau when you need her? Reneau was possibly the most persuasive woman Mississippian of her day. In 1856, at age 18, she convinced Mississippi's governor and legislature to charter a state university for women -- never mind that such a thing had never been done before, in any state. Now, Reneau's own name is on a very short list of proposed new names for the Mississippi University for Women.

     

    Supports Sarah

    Thanks again for The Dispatch, a fine paper that allows freedom of speech (one of our most sacred rights) of both the left and right. Re: Kathleen Parker’s article “A League of Her Own” Yes, you are absolutely correct in this idea. Sarah Palin (I still have two Palin campaign signs in my yard and will keep them there as she leads us out of this encroaching governmental tyranny.) is a courageous Christian patriot that God has called for these dangerous “Last Days.”

     

     

    Carol Littlejohn: Lucky

    Posted 7/13/2009 in Local Columns

    Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that more and more friends are leaving this earth? Two people that were long time friends of mine died this past two weeks and I find myself, yet again, thinking, “I cannot believe they are gone.” Gen Colvin Bennett and Carl Jaynes were not the closest friends I have, but they shared some of my days, some long ago and some recent. It seems that “puff” and they were gone.

     

    Birney Imes: A Friday evening in July

    Posted 7/11/2009 in Local Columns

    Pick an evening, say a Friday in July. Call a friend at 6 and ask him if he wants to meet you and your wife for Mexican food. He's single, an empty nester of sorts and is delighted. On the way in the restaurant, you run into a couple who is there for the 89th birthday of an uncle. (Happy birthday, Jim Ford).

    Roses and thorns 7-12-09

    Posted 7/11/2009 in Roses & Thorns

    Columbus Nationals 10-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, Lowndes County nonprofit agencies and their volunteers, and Starkville developers Jeremy Tabor and Dan Curran

     

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