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Stop the self-destruction

As I perused the sullen hallways of the county judiciary recently, it was impossible to be impervious to the warehoused bodies of young men and women, black and white, and Hispanics alike.

 

Steve Mullen: Along our bumpy, shovel-ready roads

Posted 9/2/2009 in Local Columns

We were driving through West Point toward Columbus last weekend when I had the bright idea to make a detour past Old Waverley, which we’d never explored before.

Jay Lacklen: Moscow 1991

Posted 9/2/2009 in Local Columns

It was as surreal a scene as I would ever experience. In the final days of the Soviet Union in the winter of 1991, my American air crew and I stood on the tarmac at Shermecheko airport outside Moscow intermingled with a cadre of a hundred Soviet soldiers, dressed in their full length Peter the Great coats, as they manually downloaded our C-5 cargo aircraft.

 

Doesn’t like Mike

I still say (editorial cartoonist) Mike Luckovich encourages racism and discrimination. We need to move on beyond those two narrow-minded problems.

 

 

Two caring women and E-911

Several days ago, after leaving the dialysis unit, my husband began to bleed from the access in his arm and was losing blood at a very fast rate. Fortunately for him and for us, and his family, two quick-thinking and competent women saw what was happening to him.

 

Roses and Thorns 8/30/09

Posted 8/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Aberdeen's Matthias Fischer and others; local U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Camp Atterbury; friends and family of U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark M. Wheeler; and Mississippi State University's bike sharing program. A thorn to the Columbus City Council.

 

Against Sunday alcohol sales

It is very appropriate that the State of Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has a great push on during the Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 period to help stop drinking and driving.

 

 

A unique opportunity

Posted 8/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, a group of planners, architects and designers will begin a three-day series of meetings and workshops, collectively termed a “charrette,” meant to help Columbus form a plan for future growth and city revitalization.

 

Bert Montgomery: Gospel Care — an open letter to churches

Posted 8/31/2009 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago my Commercial Dispatch column “Holy Health Care!” was picked up and carried in a few other newspapers. Something about it spoke to people.

 

Unfriendly city

I woke up this wonderful Sunday morning with rain lurking in the air to find that some one had taken a large rock to our fairly new mailbox.

 

 

Alcohol already available on Sunday

We keep hearing, “Stop Sunday alcohol sales in Columbus.” The fact is there are already Sunday alcohol sales in Columbus. Beer and light wine (wine coolers, etc..) have been sold on Sundays in Columbus for years in stores and restaurants.

 

 

Supports MUW name change

Eleven years ago I was a senior at Columbus High School. I hadn’t the slightest idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My guidance counselor shot down my dreams of attending Morehouse College in Atlanta.

 

 

Message in a bottle

Posted 8/26/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The domino theory is being proven in northeast Mississippi. Within days of Starkville’s decision to allow Sunday beer sales and to petition the state to allow restaurants to sell wine and liquor on Sundays, other municipalities have looked to open the tap on their own alcohol intake.

 

 

In praise of Burns Bottom

To the Columbus Lowndes Parks and Recreation Board who voted unanimously for Burns Bottom as the site for the soccer complex, thank you. And to the ad-hoc committee who also supported the site – thank you as well.

 

 

Scaring Ourselves Silly: a poem about health care

Forty seven million without health care. Millions more, to make a claim, don’t dare. Their high-paid insurance they might lose If they missed the small print of the Don’ts and Do’s.

 

 

Support the RAC

Recently, I had the privilege of exhibiting my art work at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. What an impressive facility! And delightful staff.

 

Bert Montgomery: The truth about Favre and pickin’ flowers

Posted 8/24/2009 in Local Columns

I'd like to address two rumors I've heard this week: first, that quarterback Brett Favre is retired; and second, that the upcoming 3rd Annual Pardon Johnny Cash Flower-Pickin' Festival in Starkville is dead.

Roses and thorns 8-23-09

Posted 8/22/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Mississippi University for Women, health officials at Mississippi State University, West Point Board of Selectmen, and Jim Robinson

Birney Imes: We were all cool and beautiful

Posted 8/22/2009 in Local Columns

This past weekend mine and Beth’s high school class — S.D. Lee High’s “Mighty Class of ‘69” — held its 40th reunion. We observed the usual roster of events: a Friday night gathering at Grahams’ Camphouse and Local History Museum (Jimmy and Jo Ann Graham are due much gratitude for sharing with the community this remarkable setting they’ve created.), a memorial service for classmates who have died and a Saturday night dance featuring Big Ben Atkins at the Country Club.

 

Bogus arguments

The debate about the complex issue of healthcare reform is not helped by several bogus arguments which mislead rather than clarify. I would like to list several of them.

 

 

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