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Leroy Brooks

Just how much and for how long are we (Lowndes County residents) going to have to endure the rantings of this idiot? This “gentleman” is an elected official, yet his rants remind me of a spoiled 5-year-old that still wants a bottle.

 

 

Spineless

What is spineless? Spineless could be a little man working at a shrinking newspaper who writes articles about what he thinks happened at a place he was not present. Of what people said that he was not there to hear. About the feelings he felt at a function he did not attend.

 

 

One step forward, two steps back

Posted 7/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you’re planning to watch the broadcast of the Lowndes County Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, let us warn you; it’s not a pretty sight. In a production that more resembles a badly acted high school drama than a meeting of elected officials, Harry Sanders plays the role of a school-yard bully; a wronged Leroy Brooks becomes the class loudmouth; Frank Ferguson and John Holliman are spineless turncoats and Jeff Smith is the well-meaning but unsuccessful peacemaker.

 

Steve Mullen: The Incredible Shrinking Columbus

Posted 7/8/2009 in Local Columns

The Golden Triangle has a new big brother. Starkville is now more populous than Columbus, according to Census figures released last week.

Birney Imes: The quest for unity

Posted 7/5/2009 in Local Columns

Someone said the huge flag came from the Marble Works. It made a fine backdrop for the swearing in of seven men we’ve chosen to guide our city these next four years.

Roses and thorns 7/5/09

Posted 7/5/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A full bouquet of roses to the men and women of the armed services serving at home and abroad on this Independence Day weekend.

 

A captive audience

What choice do we have? All residents of Columbus have to budget in these trying times. Do we need to drive to West Point, Starkville, Tupelo, or Tuscaloosa to purchase cheaper gas? Let's do the math, gas is $2.56 a gallon. Depending on the type car we drive, our mileage could be anywhere from 15- to 30-plus miles per gallon. And our cars fuel capacity is 12 to 20 or more gallons per vehicle.

 

 

A good feeling

Who said we do not have good race relations in this section of the country? Let me tell everyone we do.

 

 

Peas and carrots, religion and politics

My hero, Forrest Gump, liked to say that some things go together like “peas and carrots." Now of course some persons like peas mixed with carrots and some do not. Politics and religion go together like peas and carrots. Some claim that they are separate and some do not. In our country we like to mix our peas and carrots, our religion and politics, when it is convenient and keep them separate when it best serves the interest of the organization.

 

 

A good feeling

Who said we do not have good race relations in this section of the country? Let me tell everyone we do.

 

 

Peas and carrots, religion and politics

My hero, Forrest Gump, liked to say that some things go together like “peas and carrots." Now of course some persons like peas mixed with carrots and some do not. Politics and religion go together like peas and carrots. Some claim that they are separate and some do not.

 

 

A captive audience

What choice do we have? All residents of Columbus have to budget in these trying times. Do we need to drive to West Point, Starkville, Tupelo, or Tuscaloosa to purchase cheaper gas?

 

Steve Mullen: The reason for the season

Posted 7/1/2009 in Local Columns

Another Fourth of July is almost upon us. A majority of us know how we’ll mark the occasion — probably with fireworks, beer and barbecue. Unfortunately, fewer than half of us have a good idea of why we’re celebrating.

 

Robbie Coblentz: Requiem for a Camp

Posted 7/1/2009 in Local Columns

Dan Camp has served this city as a community developer, a member of the Starkville School District Board of Education and, most recently, mayor.

 

 

A Christian nation

Was Barrack H. Obama bragging about one of his changes when he told the world that we are no longer a Christian nation? Sounded that way to me. Don’t you think he was speaking mainly for himself, his administration and most of the Dems who have been in control of our Congress and Senate since 2006? Surely not speaking about the hard working taxpayers of our country.

 

Roses and thorns 6/28/09

Posted 6/27/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Ruth Rast, honored by the Red Cross’ Tenn-Tom Chapter this week as its Volunteer of the Year. Rast was honored for doing everything from working in the chapter’s office to managing an evacuation shelter during Hurricane Gustav. Rast’s volunteering doesn’t end with the Red Cross — she also reads to residents at Trinity Healthcare Center and participates in Angel Food Ministries through Wesley United Methodist Church. We commend Rast for making the Friendly City a much friendlier place.

Birney Imes: Higher ground

Posted 6/27/2009 in Local Columns

Back in high school I had a couple of friends who found the sound of an ambulance siren irresistible. They loved the thrill of the chase and the sight of carnage. Morbid, I know. Not surprisingly, they both ended up working for funeral homes.

 

Unfinished business: City school superintendent Del Phillips should stick around

Posted 6/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Back when he was selling a package of school improvements that included a new middle school, magnet schools and most recently an extended school year, Superintendent Del Phillips often invoked a Stephen Covey chestnut: “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”

 

Steve Mullen: Ugly babies have it tough

Posted 6/25/2009 in Local Columns

I came across news of a new medical study that compared mothers’ reactions to pictures of attractive babies vs. ugly ones. It turns out that unconditional love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: Moms are quick to drop ugly babies in favor of pretty ones. Unconditional love, it seems, comes with conditions, especially if you have a face only Mom can love — or at least one you thought she did.

 

David Owen: Stupid is as stupid does

Posted 6/24/2009 in Local Columns

I read in the Friday, June 19 paper that Coach Stacy Hester is going to appeal the County School Board’s decision to not renew his baseball contract (The headline incorrectly stated: “Hester to appeal firing”—he was not fired). I do not know Coach Hester, but judging from his win-loss record, we are indeed losing a talent. I hope he will chase his dream in the college or professional ranks to do there what he has done for New Hope.

 

 

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