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'Men with ballast and women whose hair is not blue ...'

One of the first steps in promoting unity and harmony where differences and controversy exists is to find "common ground." Something that both sides can agree to. In the MUW name change conflict, there is one element that most thinking, caring friends of The W should be able to endorse. That is: We all want to see the university survive and once again thrive.

 

Bert Montgomery: Holy heath care!

Posted 8/10/2009 in Local Columns

I write from a perspective of faith. Sometimes I write in broad, general terms, but today I am writing to all in the Golden Triangle region who identify themselves as Christians. To the pastors and teachers, bishops and priests, deacons and elders, and to all who enter church doors week after week, let us affirm a common belief: Each and every person is created in the image of God.

Roses and thorns 8/9/09

Posted 8/8/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the town of Caledonia, which rebounded from a devastating tornado in January 2008 in a big way this week: Students returning to classes found themselves inside a new gym and Allied Health and Trades building.

 

‘Limbert’s folly’

What’s in a name? A lot. It is who and what you are. When Claudia Limbert became President of Mississippi University for Women, it was a vibrant, cutting edge, small state supported school for both men and women.

 

 

A heavy heart

 

Birney Imes: Embracing name change

Posted 8/8/2009 in Local Columns

Tomorrow on the campus of Mississippi University for Women an unveiling of sorts will take place. At a convocation service Monday morning MUW President Claudia Limbert is going to announce the school's new name. Well, sort of, more like the hoped-for new name. The name Limbert will offer -- decided after innumerable campus meetings, focus groups, marketing studies and much spirited debate in these and other opinion pages -- is being touted as the choice of the campus community. But, as Limbert has said, this is a state issue, not a campus issue.

 

Horror flick

Thanks again for your fair and balanced paper. I really enjoy it. I feel that the left-leaning columnists are balanced by the Web site e-mails and letters to the editor. Also, the mini news articles on the national and world scenes make for an excellent paper.

 

 

Ward 5 concerns

It has probably been puzzling to most people why there is a backlog of work in our city. For instance, why is it taking so long to fill pot holes in our streets? To name a few, 15th Avenue North, Eighth Street North and Eighth Avenue North.

 

Unhappy with cartoon

When I could believe what I saw first I was shocked, second I was angry, third I decided never to purchase your newspaper again and also stop shopping in Columbus.

Steve Mullen: A big First Day

Posted 8/5/2009 in Local Columns

We’re neck deep in the First Day of School. The kids are outfitted, supplies have been bought and delivered, and I’m helping them out of the car to join the throngs of new classmates. All that remains is the completing of ten months of this until we get a few weeks’ rest, then do it all over again.

 

Tackling healthcare

Missing from the debate are the American people, who need to educate themselves and join the discussion

 

 

Joseph St. John: National Night Out on Tuesday

Posted 8/3/2009 in Local Columns

Burglaries, larceny, robberies, violent crime - we read about it every day. Our media is full of the images and sounds of society ills. It is the lead story daily. It has often been said, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Crime is always on the top of everyone’s concerns and is often the topic of community debate.

 

Bert Montgomery: Willie, State and an Ole Miss conspiracy

Posted 8/3/2009 in Local Columns

One of the best concerts I've ever been to was on April 22, 1992, at the amphitheater on Mississippi State's campus. It was the Allman Brothers Band with Blues Traveler, and it was incredible. I even have “bootleg” cassettes of that show (if anybody has upgraded this show to digital, I'd be glad to provide a couple of blank CDs . . .).

Roses and thorns 8-2-09

Posted 8/1/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Teachers throughout the Golden Triangle, United Way Pacesetters, Kabir Karriem, Charlie Box and Bill Gavin, Starkville Rotary Club

 

Baseball memories

When I was about nine or 10, my uncle Duff Pilkinton, who was a dispatcher on the Columbus and Greenville Railroad, would pick me up at my grandmother’s in Artesia and take me into Columbus.

 

 

Appreciates local columnists

What happened to Rob Hardy’s book review column? I always enjoyed his very informative and well-written columns. I especially loved the fact that he donated each book to the public library so we could easily find the books he mentioned. I now have to read him on-line. You would do us a greater service by putting him in print again.

 

 

Suspicious characters and litter

A Ward 5 meeting was held last week. All the seats were taken and several people standing. Our police chief and several other police officers were there to give talks and answer questions about crime in Columbus. The briefings were a little long for those who had to stand but were informative and worth the time and effort. Many questions were answered and good advice given on some uncertainties about crime in our city. Everyone was given a chance to ask questions.

 

Birney Imes: Finishing touch

Posted 8/1/2009 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon Raymond Griggs sits on an empty five-gallon lacquer thinner can under twin 100-year-old red oaks. The trees shade a corner of the Quonset hut where he has refinished and repaired antique furniture for more than a quarter of a century.

Jay Lacklen: Where the Air Force lives

Posted 8/1/2009 in Local Columns

I’ve always wondered where the real Air Force lives.

 

Carol Littlejohn: Fire truck

Posted 7/31/2009 in Local Columns

Last Thursday I was so excited that I almost could not work! It was one of my “deposit” days at the junkyard and I can only hope that I got it right – in this day and age we need every dollar to count. Well, anyway, like I said, I was so excited because I was going to get to take my grandson, Coleman, to the uptown fire station to see the firemen and their fire trucks. My other half, Mike, had arranged with Ken Moore, the Fire Chief, to let us give Cole a first-hand look at one of the finer things about Columbus. We had to be there at 6:30 in the afternoon – I did not want to interfere with the firemen’s supper hour.

 

 

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