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A Vietnam vet says thanks

My hat is off to Mississippi State University. I was fortunate enough to attend a Vietnam Veterans Luncheon hosted by MSU Veteran’s Center the day after Veterans Day in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union. Not only was it a delightful meal, but the company was great!

 

Steve Mullen: Keeping Uncle Haley out of the kitchen

Posted 11/18/2009 in Local Columns

We thought, over the past several years with two elementary-age kids, that we’d seen all the cutesy Thanksgiving-themed things students could possibly produce. Of course, there’s the perennial favorite: Drawings and cutouts of turkeys made by tracing their hands. We’ve seen the Indian feathers and headbands from construction paper, and the Pilgrim hats and buckles. We’ve seen turkeys made out of pine cones and Coke cans.

 

No to a merger, yes to a new identity

Posted 11/17/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As was widely expected, Gov. Haley Barbour advocated Monday for the merger of Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University.

 

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi State University for Women

Posted 11/17/2009 in Local Columns

The ex-MUW Alumnae Association must think the sky is falling. First came their nasty divorce from the university. Then, the unwanted name change recommendation by President Claudia Limbert, the College Board, and the Mississippi Economic Council. Now, Gov. Haley Barbour has put merger back on the table!?!

 

 

The W, a gem that should be polished

Talk of closure and merger is aggravating, because it has the power to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Students lose confidence. Professors seek employment elsewhere. In light of hysterical headlines, who can blame them?

 

 

Same-sex marriage

I am writing to express my disgust that you would choose to print the repugnant letter from Gerry Jones on 11/9. I am tired of hearing that the “people have spoken” on the issue of same-sex marriage. Marriage is a basic civil right.

 

 

Save The W

We need your help. Certain politicians in this state have suggested the closure and/or merger of MUW with another institution. Either choice spells the end of The W.

 

 

Merging and closing colleges wrong way to go

I read Jason Browne’s Nov. 11 article on Governor Barbour’s comments from Afghanistan on merger or closure with disbelief. I am a graduate of The W but now live in Georgia. Barbour is traveling with four governors, one of them, Sonny Perdue, is from Georgia.

 

Roses and thorns 11-15-09

Posted 11/14/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box; The Friends of the W; and the 1,000 households in Starkville that have signed up for the city’s curbside recycling program.

Birney Imes: Namaste from a hep cat

Posted 11/14/2009 in Local Columns

Just finished John Dufresne’s “Love Warps the Mind a Little,” a lively and humorous exploration of love and death. The book is almost too clever, but the longer you read the more you get drawn in. By the time I finished, I felt like a friend of the protagonist, Lafayette Proulx (Laf as he’s called in the book) and was sad to part company.

Steve Mullen: Denialism and The W

Posted 11/11/2009 in Local Columns

In his new book “Denialism,” author Michael Specter explores how, on occasion, “an entire segment of society, often struggling with the trauma of change, turns away from reality in favor of a more comfortable lie.” Denialism is all around us. We often ignore reams of evidence, if it contradicts something we find more comfortable or easier to believe.

 

Fighting obesity

A poster to your Web site expressed concern for people that are “slightly obese.” We have to be politically correct and not call people “fat;” also, we have to use polite words like “high sugar” or “high blood.” You speak of education. Have you ever tried to educate a person addicted to cigarettes or alcohol to quit? If so, it is like talking to a brick wall.

 

 

Honor Christian heritage

On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and especially its Christian heritage.

 

 

Hooray for Maine

Hooray for pro-life and traditional family values! I wish to congratulate the voters of Maine — one of the most liberal states in the Union — for rejecting the counterfeit and oxymoronic notion “same-sex marriage.”

 

Steve Mullen: Burned over Burns Bottom?

Posted 11/4/2009 in Local Columns

Well, at least we could say we got close this time. This community has talked about building a soccer complex for years. After working to vet several candidate sites over the past several months, the city and county finally struck a deal on locating a soccer complex and community park in Burns Bottom — not just a bunch of fields, but a plan to keep the land’s natural beauty intact. After out-of-town planners and architects showed us the property’s potential, most dissenting voices came around.

 

Sir, send me

I've heard about your offer of big bucks to all the Taliban terrorist who will switch and join our side in the fight for liberty in Afghanistan. Well I'm not a terrorist but I do want to join the fight and I'll not ask for a bonus of big bucks to join up. I'm retired from the U.S. Air Force and I proudly volunteer to serve for one year in Afghanistan, back home for six months then another year in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

Bert Montgomery: A student's murder, a teacher's reflection

Posted 11/2/2009 in Local Columns

Reid's note grabbed my immediate attention: “Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Bobby Batiste. Batiste stands accused of murdering Andreas Galanis. Both young men were students at Mississippi State. Andreas Galanis was a friend of mine.”

 

Change The W’s residency standard

Posted 10/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to the student recruitment game, Mississippi University for Women is too often forced to play with one hand behind its back — some reasons obvious, some not so.

 

Roses and thorns 11-1-09

Posted 10/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mississippi University for Women nursing department;and vandals who have damaged or stolen more than $750 in autumn decorations in downtown Columbus

Birney Imes: Cooking from the soul

Posted 10/31/2009 in Local Columns

“You have a Mr. Beauregard R. here to see you.” It was Felicia in the front office. Beauregard or “Beau” was in town visiting a friend and I’d invited them for lunch on Thursday. He lives in St. Augustine, Fla., and is a painter.

 

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