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Birney Imes: Surviving with grace

Posted 3/20/2010 in Local Columns

After her Friday morning workout at the Fitness Factor, Pat Wayman came home, put on her work clothes and spent the next five hours clearing underbrush in the woods bordering her backyard. Around 4:30 a friend came over and the two of them went through her beehives.

 

Three ways to improve health care

The health care reform debate has gripped the public's attention. Some people like the reform, others dislike it because it either does too much or not enough. In my opinion, this reform is way too broad and sweeping to really do what people expect or want it to do. Instead of a massive bill, I have a simple, three step plan to correct health care in the United States.

 

Bert Montgomery: The double-wide gospel

Posted 3/19/2010 in Local Columns

Roger Miller sings about trailers, be they for sale or rent. Kid Rock reminds us that unlike Ice Cube, he ain't outta Compton but straight outta trailer. And Jimmy Buffet, the son of a son of a sailor, is just glad he doesn't live in a trailer.

 

Domtar closing: Sad and painful news

Posted 3/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Domtar Columbus paper mill closing is tragic and a blow to the local economy. The facility, forever known by many as simply “Weyerhaeuser,” has for decades been an economic cornerstone of Lowndes County, and its employees have played a significant role in the civic life of this community. This is sad news, indeed.

 

 

Lost jobs and the federal government

Mr. James Hunt seems to have done some cogitating on the job situation at The W and elsewhere. Years ago, when NAFTA was proposed and became law, I (and probably hundreds of others) saw jobs moving overseas/out of the country. The only end result could be people out of work which leads to a recession, or depression if you are one of those out of work.

 

 

Nathan Bedford Forrest in West Point

To Steve Mullen re: What would Ulysses do? You said in this column that you imagine S. D. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest rode their mounted soldiers through at some point. (Highway 45A near the Clay County line) Forrest certainly did.

 

Steve Mullen: What would Ulysses do?

Posted 3/17/2010 in Local Columns

It’s worth taking a tour of Mississippi State University’s newly digitized version of “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant," a chunk of the president’s writings and other Grant-related items now housed there.

Roses and thorns: 3-14-2010

Posted 3/13/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roses and thorns 3-12-2010

Birney Imes: Sparks fly

Posted 3/13/2010 in Local Columns

Eunice Pruitt has been obsessive about welding since he was 6 years old.

Steve Mullen: When the power goes out

Posted 3/10/2010 in Local Columns

A Titanic clap of thunder jolts me awake with a start. That one must’ve been right on top of us. A second peal a minute later knocks out the power. There’s a moment of darkness before WCBI’s generator kicks on, allowing the building’s sign to throw a little artificial light down Fifth Street.

 

Harry's Baaack ...

Posted 3/10/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

That was quick. What appeared to be a political shakeup in the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors ended practically before it started.

 

 

Thanks, Harry

Posted 3/6/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In an interview on Page 1 today, outgoing Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders offers a bit of advice for whomever is chosen to lead the body next: “You can’t please everybody. They’re going to have to realize the word ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”

 

Birney Imes: Church of dreams

Posted 3/6/2010 in Local Columns

When Darren Leach was 9 years old his grandmother told him he was going to be a preacher. It took more than three decades — not until 2007 — for Macy Jones’ prophecy to come true.

Ask Rufus: How did Military Road get its name?

Posted 3/6/2010 in Local Columns

Whenever something gets torn up, people tend to pay more attention. So it is with Military Road in Columbus.

 

Board President Leroy Brooks

Kinda has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? After 20-plus years as a Lowndes County Supervisor, he deserves it! Why not vote for Mr. Brooks to be the new president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors? Mr. Brooks should demand that he be voted in as the new president! If they don’t vote for him as Board president, then he should sue (then settle for a raise and a chunk of cash).

 

Steve Mullen: Goodbye Barry, with regrets

Posted 3/3/2010 in Local Columns

A recent New York Times article, “Depression’s upside,” explores something known as rumination, the thought process that defines depression. Some people are more prone to rumination — which essentially is stewing over things — than others.

 

After Harry: Sanders’ resignation as board president begs the question: Who will be his successor?

Posted 3/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

What are we to make of the resignation of Harry Sanders as president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors?

 

Roses and thorns: 2-28-2010

Posted 2/27/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the MUW’s theater department, department head William “Peppy” Biddy, director Brook Hannemann, thespians, backstage workers and other participants in the college’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.”

Birney Imes: Random notes

Posted 2/27/2010 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon on the way to meet a friend at the Riverwalk, a poster on a downtown store window caught my eye.

Steve Mullen: Lessons from Admiral Ackbar

Posted 2/26/2010 in Local Columns

Recent events at Ole Miss make me wonder if someone broke into the marijuana farm and is handing out free samples.

 

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