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Lutherans and abortion

The recent and unfortunate murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist, who provided late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas, prompts the writing of this letter.



Steve Rogers: Campaign postmortem:Failure to reach across color line reflected in Jordan and Mackay defeats

Posted 6/4/2009 in Local Columns

Tuesday night’s results in the Columbus city election raised a few eyebrows. Most thought Republican Jay Jordan would lose his Ward 5 council seat to Democrat Kabir Karriem. But more than a few were surprised that Republican Susan Mackay was unseated by Democrat Joseph Mickens in Ward 2.



A new day: Columbus voters cast out two more incumbents bringing a total of four new council members

Posted 6/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Voters on Tuesday handed pink slips to two incumbents giving the Columbus City Council four new faces. In Ward 5 political activist and restaurant owner Kabir Karriem trounced Republican incumbent Jay Jordan with over 62 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Joseph Mickens ousted Susan Mackay in Ward 2 with a 52-percent margin.



Voters in all three Golden Triangle communities will elect mayors on Tuesday; we urge you to be part of the process

Posted 6/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you live in the city of Columbus, Starkville or West Point, you have a right and a responsibility to fulfill tomorrow; that is to vote.


Roses and thorns 5-31-09

Posted 5/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, West Point/Clay County Arts Council, Camgian Microsystems Corp., Wilford and Mary Patterson, Frank Phillips YMCA and the Columbus Kiwanis Club, and Holly Travis

Birney Imes: A word from Coach Dillon

Posted 5/31/2009 in Local Columns

Years ago one of our children had the good fortune to play summer baseball for Joe Dillon. In the 27 years he coached at Propst Park, Dillon became a legend among legends. They’ve since named a field for him. When he coached our son, Dillon was at the helm of a crew of 11-12 year olds called “The Pats,” so named for Pat Patterson, the team’s sponsor.

Roses and thorns 5/24/09

Posted 5/23/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Robert McAllister, who “dedicated his life” to helping others and to his family members, many of whom were on hand Thursday, as the Columbus Air Force Base fire station was named in his honor.


Disappointed by columns

I write this as a Roman Catholic Christian, a Roman Catholic Priest, and a citizen of the Columbus, Lowndes County community. Also, may I say that to my recollection, I have never written a public letter of a critical or condemning nature. I do not brag about that, but state it so that you are aware that I have no ax to grind or agenda to advance.



Vicksburg matter offers opportunity to get better

I appreciate the sentiments expressed in your May 21 editorial. The dialogue created by this incident, while at times painful, has been valuable both to the department and the community.



Steve Rogers: The Vicksburg 4: Anatomy of a witch hunt

Posted 5/23/2009 in Local Columns

Fifteen days is too long. That’s right, the Columbus City Council went to far when it suspended the Vicksburg 4 — the four Columbus police officers at the center of a misunderstanding at the Vicksburg National Military Park — for 15 days.


Birney Imes: Developing a shared vision

Posted 5/23/2009 in Local Columns

“A vision without a plan is a hallucination.” —Thomas Edison On Friday about 15 people spent the afternoon dreaming about the future of Columbus. Leading the conversation was Randy Wilson, who in September will lead the community in something called a charrette.


A new mayor for Starkville

Posted 5/22/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With city-funded curbside recycling pickup, a “green” city building ordinance, bike and walking paths (and plans for more) and a smoking ordinance, Starkville leads the Golden Triangle in innovative movements.


Garthia Elena Burnett: Rebuilding Caledonia school

Posted 5/22/2009 in Local Columns

I can remember riding in the back of a pickup to get to campus. From Main Street, the wreckage already could be seen. Rubble. Twisted metal. Broken glass.


Case closed (we hope): CPD’s handling of Vicksburg episode less than professional

Posted 5/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With the punishment of four Columbus police officers Tuesday for their juvenile behavior May 5 at Vicksburg National Military Park, and an apology from the Columbus Police Department, we are hoping all parties can move on.



A religion unto itself

Man yea, those boys came back relaxed, refreshed, and alert. Fourteen days without pay is enough punishment. That old field will grow back. Maybe they can invite that state park ranger up here to drive through one of our fields.



Gangs in Columbus

Since the beginning of the 1990’s, gang culture has been a way of life for so many young people in Columbus. Gang members in Columbus have been involved with a number of shootings in this city, as well as in West Point and Starkville.


Steve Mullen: No phone calls, please

Posted 5/20/2009 in Local Columns

They muscle their way in — uninvited, unwelcome, and downright annoying. They’re the unending cascade of automated phone calls — in particular, those that play a recording warning you that your car warranty is about to expire.


Thanks to letter carriers

On Saturday, May 9, the National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way of Lowndes County partnered to conduct our 17th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help stock shelves at local food pantries and shelters.



Comments on Catholic commentary

I read with great fascination and interest two recently excerpted articles in our Commercial Dispatch: one in Friday’s edition by Susan Jacoby, “an atheist and an ex-Catholic,” and one in Sunday’s edition by David Gibson “Is this the new Catholicism? Yes.”



Carol Littlejohn: Gerald

Posted 5/18/2009 in Local Columns

I do not know what to say or really what to write in this story but I am going to try to tell you my feelings about Gerald. You see, Gerald was my first love back in the “good old days” as we all like to say. I began to date him in my senior year at S. D. Lee High School in 1968. We dated each other for four years. I was at “The W,” and his parents sent him off to “Southern.” He hitched a ride home most every weekend, and on those sad Sundays, I would take him over to Bob’s Place to catch his ride back down to Hattiesburg. I cried many a tear at his leaving.



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