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Bert Montgomery: Riding the storm out: Katrina, with Popcorn

Posted 9/6/2009 in Local Columns

Four years ago I was at home with my wife and sons, sleeping in my bed, and going on with the routines of my life up in Kentucky. Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, then levees broke and water inundated the city of my birth. My best friends from high school down in St. Charles Parish had been forced to scatter; I learned later that some were in Florida, many had gone to Texas, and others into the mid-west.

Roses and thorns 9-6-09

Posted 9/5/2009 in Roses & Thorns

City of Starkville, District 3 Oktibbeha County Supervisor Marvell Howard, Main Street, East Mississippi Community College and others who made the recent charrette in Columbus possible, Starkville Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins, Mike Law and other organizers and participants of Roast-n-Boast, NBA player Travis Outlaw and those who participated in Starkville’s Clean Sweep

Birney Imes: Tan Yard Park

Posted 9/5/2009 in Local Columns

Sometimes all it takes is a picture. The most eagerly anticipated question of the just completed Columbus charrette was the recommendation on where to put the soccer complex the city and county want to build.

 

Columbus: Discover a new world

Posted 9/4/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday night after a 2-1/2-day immersion into Columbus, a team of planners, marketers and designers presented a dream of what could be.

 

 

Sunday alcohol sales

Posted 9/4/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Based on The Commercial Dispatch and the people attending the Monday night City Council hearing regarding liquor sales on Sunday, it was clear that the majority of the people in Columbus did not want Sunday sales of liquor.

 

 

Disputes Sanders’ claim

According to the Thursday's edition of The Dispatch, Harry Sanders stated in the Charrette meeting at the Link there has been a loss of automobile sales in Columbus to dealerships in Noxubee, Lamar, and Pickens counties.

 

 

Luckovich viewpoint

Like most big-time newspaper employees, owners, editors, op-ed writers, etc., Mike Luckovich is an unashamed liberal.

 

 

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.

 

 

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