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Birney Imes: Another step closer

Posted 9/20/2009 in Local Columns

Saturday, after the rains, Patricia McKinley sat on the porch of her house listening to music and visiting with her daughter and a handful of friends. McKinley has lived in the house all her 48 years. It belongs to her 84-year-old grandmother, who still lives there. Located at the corner of Coretta and Seventh Avenue North, the house is among a sprinkling of structures in this forgotten corner of the city that may give way for the proposed city park/soccer complex.

 

Free curbside recycling

This is a great month for the city of Starkville. After months and years of deliberation and public debate, curbside recycling is now available for the citizens of Starkville. Residents of single family households will be able to sign up for curbside pickup with either their utility bill or driver's license showing a proof of that household's commitment. The cost to the citizens? Nothing! It is a free service provided by the city, the Sanitation Department, and Starkville Recycling.

 

Steve Mullen: All apologies

Posted 9/16/2009 in Local Columns

I’m sorry to say it, but I miss the good ol’ days when nobody apologized. “Carry the battle to them,” Harry Truman famously said. “Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.”

 

Religious differences

Bert Montgomery wrote ("Singing ‘Father Abraham’", Sept. 14, 2009) of a gathering he attended on Sept. 10 at Mississippi State’s campus, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews met to discuss their respective faiths. He wrote that he was thankful that the night was peaceful and the participants were respectful of one another.

 

 

Thanks

A big ‘thank you’ to the Cadence Bank employees, led by Tom Green, who painted the exterior of Greater Columbus Learning Center, in the rain, last Thursday, Sept. 10.

 

Bert Montgomery: Singing ‘Father Abraham’

Posted 9/15/2009 in Local Columns

As a child growing up in the Church I learned the cute little children's song “Father Abraham” (and it's corresponding physical movements): Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham I am one of them and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord! Right arm! Left arm! 

Roses and thorns 9/13/09

Posted 9/12/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Brenda Caradine and the host of volunteers who put together another extraordinary array of events celebrating the life of Columbus’ most famous native son, Tennessee Williams.

 

Flooding in Burns Bottom not the big problem it once was

I have been reading for a long time about the Burns Bottom issue for soccer fields. Some believe that since it is located in a flood zone it is in an inappropriate location. As a person with a background in emergency planning with mitigation knowledge, it is suggested to develop such areas for communities for recreational use and buffer flood zones. The county and the city could look into the land fund mitigation for flood zones there is moneys for development.

 

 

Enthusiastic about charrette presentation

I encourage everyone who has not yet seen the presentation from the recent charrette to view it on-line. It is a fantastic plan for what can be done in Columbus and it is based on what has already been done in so many cities around the country that we often admire and enjoy in our travels.

 

Birney Imes: Listening to Olympia tell stories in Brenda's parlor

Posted 9/12/2009 in Local Columns

Olympia Dukakis says she only saw her father cry three times. When she was a teenager she asked him if she could get a job at the Dairy Queen. “No,” her father said, tears welling in his eyes. “Right now I want you to enjoy your youth. Don’t worry, you’ll work.”

 

Fragile egos

The best thing voters in the Columbus/Lowndes County area can do is get rid of the racist big dogs with fragile egos just begging to be bruised so a tantrum can be thrown. Columbus and Lowndes County will continue to suffer as long as these spoiled children are in office.

 

Steve Mullen: Ulysses Grant, Frankenberry, and me

Posted 9/9/2009 in Local Columns

I’m engaged in a project which is requiring me to take a personality test. If you’ve had access to the Internet for more than five minutes, then you’ve probably taken a baker’s dozen of tests and quizzes. Some are serious, like those that gauge healthy habits or depression. Online IQ tests are rampant and common.

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.

 

 

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