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Garthia Elena Burnett: When the naming fracas gets personal

Posted 4/24/2009 in Local Columns

What’s in a name? For Mississippi University for Women, the more appropriate question is, ‘What’s not in a name?’: Reality.

Steve Mullen: Rays of sunshine in the Gloom Belt

Posted 4/22/2009 in Local Columns

It seems a team of scientists has been cataloging the nation’s bad-hair days. As it turns out, Kentucky is gloomy, but so is Mississippi. In fact, you could call Mississippi the buckle of the "Gloom Belt."

 

A miscarriage of decency and justice

In Friday’s paper, at page 8A top right, there appears a VERY SHORT news item about Paul Minor not being allowed to attend his wife’s funeral. I consider this to be a very important and very disturbing story. I think your paper could have done a much better job of reporting this outrageous miscarriage of decency and justice. To me, it’s a lot more important than one more drug bust or one more laying on of hands on some yute.

 

 

Renaming The W

Renaming The W is of secondary importance. The only change really needs at that fine old college is in the office of president!

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 4/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A pre-emptive thorn to the Columbus voters who won’t participate in city elections this year. Turnout is expected to be low, and more disheartening is an apparent lack of interest in running for local office: The number of candidates running for mayor and council posts is half of what it was in the last election.

 

Column brought back fond memories

Dear Birney, As I do every Sunday, I look for your article. You didn’t disappoint this week (Tupelo honey at the Silver Spur). I felt I should respond.

 

Steve Mullen: News in another new form

Posted 4/15/2009 in Local Columns

As I write this column, I’m switching back and forth to a program called TweetDeck. Its dark, businesslike interface fills my entire laptop screen with several columns of updates, each one chiming as new information comes in.

 

Summer vacation already too short

In 1963, I took my first trip to the north side of town, to R.E. Hunt High School. Of course, I was only in junior high, but it was a big deal. That summer, we went to visit folks in the country, picked plums, chased cattle, rode horses, and sometimes, we just got up at 5:30 just to see the sun rise, and the critters crawling. In those days, the summer seemed to be a whole year long.

 

 

First letter

I was born, grew up, and educated through high school in Columbus. From the time I was old enough to read, I read The Commercial Dispatch and its comics. Since returning to Columbus after retiring in 1985, I have been a regular subscriber to the same newspaper. I don’t believe that I have ever before written a “Letter to the Editor.” Now, though, I have a complaint.

 

 

A victim of political correctness

Posted 4/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Well, so much for Reneau and Waverley as names for Mississippi University for Women. In the case of Reneau, it’s a shame. We’re not sure how Waverley, the name of a Sir Walter Scott novel and, subsequently, the Clay County antebellum mansion, made the cut other than it begins with a “W,” a pet name some want to preserve.

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 4/11/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Alma Turner as the longtime educator opens a new chapter in her life. After heading the Golden Triangle chapter of the Institute of Community Services HeadStart program for nearly a decade, Turner is leaving the post to spend time with her family.

 

Time to bury a dead dog

The only people who think the proposed names for MUW, Reneau and Waverley, are “racist” ARE racists. It’s way past time to bury that dead dog. These people constantly harp about how some glorify the past and want to relive it, while they themselves continue to keep the past alive with claims of being “offended.”

 

 

MUW naming

The dithering about a name change for MUW continues to amaze me. It’s obvious that there is no strong support for any of the suggested names and I wonder if anyone could demonstrate that there is support for one of them greater than for the current name. I admire the members of the committee for their fortitude because no matter which name is chosen, it’s likely that only a minority will respond to it positively.

 

Birney Imes: Tupelo honey at the Silver Spur

Posted 4/11/2009 in Local Columns

Last summer at the farmers’ market I asked George Dyson if tupelo trees grow this far north. George, one of the market regulars, is the grizzled fellow usually on the north end of the market with a beard and the tattered “I (heart) Bikinis” baseball cap. He sells bowls and cooking utensils he crafts from native woods such as bois d’arc, oak and sassafras.

Steve Mullen: The girls arrive; the party begins

Posted 4/8/2009 in Local Columns

We’ve covered some ground. Lee and the two girls, ages 7 and 9, are here for Spring Break, their first time in Columbus, in advance of moving here from California after the school year ends. I’ve received lots of suggestions on how to keep them occupied; we’ll never cover it all but we’re off to a good start.

 

Just do it: Cigarette tax increase would offer much needed revenue; would offset car tag increase

Posted 4/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The state Legislature shouldn’t be faulted for delaying adoption of the state budget as it awaits more information about how to spend the federal economic stimulus money Mississippi is getting. But, to say the least, it’s alarming the House and Senate have been unable to agree on how much to raise the cigarette tax.

 

 

This too shall pass

My name is Mary. I first would like to say hello. I would like to share my testimony with you and pray that it helps and encourages you. I am a dialysis patient. I started dialysis in July 1982. I am 46 years old. I have seen many come and go, and the Lord has blessed me these many years to be here through much suffering and pain.

 

 

Appreciates efforts of Grillin’ organizers

Oh behalf of the City of Columbus, all of our local and elected officials and community leaders, “Thank You” for coming out and supporting this year’s “Grilling on the River ‘09.” We were thrilled that you chose to join us in celebrating one of our “Very Own” events.

 

Birney Imes: Uncovering another local hero

Posted 4/4/2009 in Local Columns

Glenn Lautzenhiser and Rufus Ward are at it again. The two local cultural preservationists have, in the past year or so, organized memorial events for native sons who have been titans in their field, sports broadcaster Red Barber and boxer Henry Armstrong.

Roses and thorns 4-5-09

Posted 4/4/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Homeowners participating in Columbus’ 69th annual Pilgrimage, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, Chuck Yarborough and his charges at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Main Street Columbus and Charlie the Owl of Starkville

 

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