OPINIONS

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The devastation in Haiti

With heartbreaking scenes of Haiti everywhere on TV, once again certain televangelists have opened their mouths and spoken hurtful opinions by saying that Haiti brought this on themselves. Seems according to this one major evangelist, Haiti made a deal with the devil in the 1700’s so they could overcome the French and be their own sovereign nation. Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t, I don’t know since I wasn’t around.

 

 

Faith and education

I, too, read the article comparing religious faith and education (Religion, happiness and education levels, Voice of the people, Jan. 10).

 

Steve Mullen: So I’m not smarter than a fourth grader. So what?

Posted 1/13/2010 in Local Columns

We crossed another of those parenting milestones this week, and to our credit, we were smart enough to notice.

 

An example of how The W enriches

As the Alumnae of MUW come together to defend The W, we are given a beautiful example of the importance of the university to the community in the work of Professor Al Holen. (”MUW, Arts Council join in exhibits”).

 

 

Hush money for Joe Johnson

Posted 1/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Good grief. What is the city thinking? Joe Johnson, the man who would be police chief, but who has been passed over three times, is starting the new decade with a tidy handout courtesy of Columbus taxpayers.

 

 

Religion, happiness and education levels

Guest editorials the Natchez Democrat and the Biloxi Sun Herald citing the latest Pew Forum results, pats us on the back for our top position as religious believers along with our elevated status as some of the happiest people in the country. Noting that we seem to fall into last place and flounder in so many other categories, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a correlation in the findings and, if so, the reason.

 

Birney Imes: Starry night

Posted 1/9/2010 in Local Columns

Forty years ago in Duluth, Minn., a 4-year-old boy and his family watched as Americans first landed on the moon. After that July afternoon in 1969, the boy, David Teske, would never quite be the same.

Roses and thorns 1-10-10

Posted 1/9/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus City Council;The Friends of The W and Junior Auxiliary of Columbus

 

Tired of waiting in doctors’ offices

What is it with the Doctor’s offices here in Columbus? My question is, “Why do I spend so much of my life in your waiting rooms?” Our lives are important too, some of us have deadlines and other appointments to attend.

 

 

Mr. Brooks goes to Washington

In the “From Our Web Site” column In the Jan. 5 Commercial Dispatch, there is a “Supervisor angles for money for rural parks - 1/2/2010” article from “Walter.” Walter touts all the many strengths of Mr. Brooks and how he “single-handedly” battles against all others for his constituents; etc, etc, etc, etc, and oh well, let’s do another etc.

 

Bert Montgomery: Elvis’ birthday, No.8 and 42

Posted 1/8/2010 in Local Columns

Number 8. January 8, to be exact. It's Elvis' birthday. Number 8. Archie Manning wore the number 8 on his jersey. He is everyone's all-time favorite Saint. Speaking of the New Orleans Saints, at 13-3, they are undeniably one of the best teams in the NFL (so what if they lost these last three games?!) and are going into the playoffs. I'm pulling for them to make it into the Super Bowl.

Steve Mullen: A cold day for The W

Posted 1/6/2010 in Local Columns

It’s fitting that the Legislature is convening on what is predicted to be the coldest week of the year — maybe the coldest week in Mississippi ever.

Birney Imes: A New Year’s Eve blue moon

Posted 12/26/2009 in Local Columns

Google “Blue Moon” and the first things that show up are a beer company (must be 21 years or older to access this Web site), a Wikipedia entry and a drive-in theater in Guin, Ala. (now showing double features on two screens).

 

Neither a pointer or a setter, (nor a flower)

I went running this evening. The sheep at the funeral (Memorial Funeral Home) home are a little bolder, and don’t run to the back of the cage anymore when Ponty comes.

 

Steve Mullen: ’Twas the Night before Christmas (in Columbus)

Posted 12/23/2009 in Local Columns

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Columbus, Not a creature was stirring, not a possum among us. The stockings were hung by the Severstal stacks with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Birney Imes: Winter solstice

Posted 12/22/2009 in Local Columns

Had I remembered Monday was the winter solstice, I might have done something different than take a mid-afternoon stroll on the Riverwalk. Though, I’m not sure what that would have been. As far as I know, we have few practicing Pagans, Druids or anyone else in these parts who might be celebrating an event that has been observed through the millennia.

 

Starkville: Time to revisit municipal complex project

Posted 12/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While the Starkville mayor and aldermen rehash past efforts to build a municipal complex, the community likely has lost all faith in the project ever coming to fruition.

 

 

Disappointed by media coverage

I am canceling my subscription to the newspaper. I can not stand to read it any more. My grandson, Brian, was convicted in the newspaper before his trial. I thought a person is considered innocent until PROVEN guilty. Brian did not purposely shoot his wife. It was an accident, but because of so much false media coverage prior to his trial and a change of venue not granted, Brian did not receive a fair trial here in Lowndes County.

 

 

Support for military families back home

During the holidays, national attention often turns to supporting our military men and women celebrating in lands far from home. In our generous spirit, let's be sure to include support for their loved ones still at home. The recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan leaves thousands of families to face New Year deployments, as everyday Americans search for ways to help military families separated by eight years of war.

 

 

Appreciate Harper’s comments

I would like to offer a very different opinion from one of your reader’s negative comments about Rep. Harper’s comments at MSU graduation.

 

 

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