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Jay Lacklen: Bomb run

Posted 12/21/2009 in Local Columns

When asked if I killed anyone during the Vietnam War, I have to answer that I don’t know. I may have, and probably did, since my B-52 bomber crew dropped several thousand pounds of bombs on the Cambodia jungle, but I will never actually know.

Birney Imes: The season of lights

Posted 12/19/2009 in Local Columns

“Walk slowly, I’ll catch up with you.” I had asked daughter Tanner if she wanted to walk and look at Christmas lights on Southside. First she had said no, then had a last minute change of heart and yelled to me as I walked out the door.

Roses and thorns 12-20-09

Posted 12/19/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Students at Immanuel Center for Christian Education; Chelsea Phillips; 4-County employees and customers; Julie Jordan; and Andrew Gaston

Bert Montgomery: Who Dat?!: (The ‘09 Saints and requiem for a joke)

Posted 12/18/2009 in Local Columns

The New Orleans Saints have a perfect record and are serious contenders for the Super Bowl.

Steve Mullen: The dead weight under the tree

Posted 12/16/2009 in Local Columns

Who doesn’t like gift cards?

Jay Lacklen: A house, a ship, a home

Posted 12/15/2009 in Local Columns

Recently I stood in the empty, torn-apart-for-renovation, “ship” my family sailed for over twenty years. I felt both melancholy and pride as I walked among the torn up carpet, barren, patched walls, and scattered debris from an incomplete move. This old girl was up in dry dock for repairs before her next family crew would launch on their life mission aboard her. She will soon be back at sea, but we will no longer be with her.

 

Republicans offer plenty of criticism, few solutions

In reading the story about Angela McGlowan (Republican analyst: GOP must ‘stand ground,’ Dec. 9), she mentions how Americans are being exploited by the lies of the liberal agenda. That could go both ways.

 

Roses and thorns 12-13-09

Posted 12/12/2009 in Roses & Thorns

parade winners; West Point High Green Wave football team; West Point selectmen; and Columbus and Starkville school districts

Birney Imes: Whad’Ya Know, a Christmas parade

Posted 12/12/2009 in Local Columns

The evening may have been wet and the crowds sparse, but there was little evidence of dampened spirits at Monday night’s Christmas parade. Float riders (who may have outnumbered onlookers) waved and shouted, and the crowd waved back. Good cheer all around.

 

Just expectations: Council correct in requiring responsible behavior from city workers attending conferences

Posted 12/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus City Council’s decision in a special meeting Monday, to terminate the employment of a city firefighter who the city says violated its substance abuse policy, has raised questions of fairness in how the council metes out punishment of city workers.

 

Steve Mullen: A ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ to remember

Posted 12/9/2009 in Local Columns

Most of us probably have a single Christmas that stands out.

Birney Imes: Whad’ya know, Michael Feldman?

Posted 12/8/2009 in Local Columns

One of the funniest guys you’re ever likely to meet is coming to Columbus Saturday.

 

A vote for Dexter

I am writing this in regards to a football player (Dexter McCluster) from Ole Miss who deserves more credit for his performance on (and off) the field. This young man has performed outstandingly for his school and his team.

 

 

The war in Afghanistan

 

Bert Montgomery: Of Egg Bowls, the Maroon Band, and things that never change

Posted 12/1/2009 in Local Columns

Things sure have changed since I was in the Famous Maroon Band. Back in 1986, I was a trombonist (one of among 30-plus trombones) in the band. Dr. Kent Sills (or, “Doc”) was director of bands; Mr. Bob Taylor (“Mr. T”) was assistant director. MSU football legend Rockey Felker was in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Roses and thorns 11-29-09

Posted 11/28/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Andrea Cannady; Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, Concerned Citizens of Ward 1, the Columbus Police Department and all area volunteers who helped bring Thanksgiving to more than 1,000 area residents; Mississippi State University students; West Point and the Aberdeen high school football teams; and East Mississippi Community College Lions

 

Too many ‘alpha dogs’

The hoopla surrounding the MUW controversy and Burns Bottom has really gotten old. It's like going past a wreck on the highway. You're sorry it's happened/happening; you don't want to look, but you can't help yourself.

 

 

Angels in scrubs

While visiting the Joe Thompsons in Columbus, I had a bad fall. We called 911. What a blessing!

 

Birney Imes: The day after Thanksgiving

Posted 11/28/2009 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon as I was making my way down Military Road, a white El Camino passed me headed toward town. In the truck bed was a large piece of exercise equipment, price tags flapping in the wind.

Steve Mullen: Be thankful, shop local

Posted 11/25/2009 in Local Columns

For many, this long weekend is about family and friends, turkey and football, and most of all, gathering around a table and giving thanks. It’s also about shopping.

 

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