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Roses and thorns 10-11-09

Posted 10/10/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Local school districts; Caledonia Mayor George Gerhart, Sen. Terry Brown, Rep. Jeff Smith and East Mississippi Community College Entrepreneurial Development Facilitator Bruce Hanson; Starkville Parks and Recreation Department;organizers of Dream 365; and the Caledonia High School band, cheerleaders, and dance team.

 

Military Road a mess

At first I was upset at all the potholes on Military Road, then I saw how it was making the cars slow down to the speed limit. They are doing it to keep from tearing their cars up. And besides, look at all the money the city is saving on speed bumps. Thanks to the city constantly digging another hole and halfway filling it up, the traffic is now down to the speed limit of 30 mph. Even the cops have quit running radar on it. Look at the money they are saving there, too. I am quite sure I am not the only one who is glad the cops aren't lurking around anymore. It is also humorous to see the school buses hit them doing about 40, and see those kids in the back start bouncing around like gumballs in a gumball machine.

 

 

Making the case for Coach Roy

About a year ago I sat on an airplane somewhere on the west coast eager to get back home after a few days of hard work. At some point between our taxi and takeoff I reached for my USA Today and began to read.

 

Bert Montgomery: Prayer, priorities and the Jumbotron

Posted 10/6/2009 in Local Columns

Written on Saturday, Oct. 3, prior to the MSU/Georgia Tech football game. “Nice to see the faculty raises being put to good use!” joked a school administrator to an MSU professor, referring to the huge banner of Coach Dan Mullen hanging along the side of one of the stadium ramps.

 

Birney Imes: Buxton has left the building

Posted 10/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The man for whom a cliché was invented died last week in Las Vegas. His name was Buxton Williams, and not once in his 62 years did he meet a stranger.

 

 

Favors national health care

I’m in favor of a national health-care system (NHS) like Canada, France and England. Until we get the greedy and corrupt insurance companies out of the way, we are never going to have real health-care reform. We have insurance, but the out-of-pocket costs are taking money we could be using to eat healthier.

 

 

In defense of Obama

In reference to Raymond Gross’ letter to the editor, he says “Lots of people think that this President is taking this country in a wrong direction.” Let me remind him that lots of people voted for Obama; it’s called the majority.

 

 

A philosophical limerick

There have been many prophets who said “Believe and be raised from the dead.” Although it is quite clever To make us live forever, Could they not fix this world’s evils instead?

 

 

Roses and thorns 10/4/09

A rose to The Brickfire Project for bringing the Black Hills Festival back to Starkville after a decade, After a 10-year hiatus, the festival, held Saturday at J.L. King Memorial Park, again brought music, food and fun to the areas around the park, located off North Long Street.

 

 

Come on, Columbus: Let’s go smoke-free

Posted 10/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s time to reconsider an anti-smoking ordinance in Columbus’ public spaces, including in restaurants and bars.

 

Steve Mullen: It takes a village ... of two

Posted 9/30/2009 in Local Columns

A new Census report out this week shows that Mississippi remains the poorest state in the nation, which comes as little surprise to anyone, especially those either without a job or cashing a meager paycheck each week. (We’re also the lowest-wage state in the nation.)

 

Appalled by damage to campus landscaping

This morning as I drove onto campus, I was appalled at the condition of the green spaces on our campus. The green spaces that our campus is known for; the green spaces that prospective student and their parents talk about being one of the most beautiful they have visited. The pride and joy that many on this campus have worked hard to preserve (Remember the daffodils?)— destroyed!

 

 

New coin unacceptable

Today I received an e-mail from a friend of mine with a picture of the new one dollar coin with Washington's picture on it. No problem with that except it has the words "In God We Trust" missing from the coin. Most people if handed one of these for change are refusing to accept it. Way to go my people.

 

 

What happened to Sportsplex?

A few years ago the new director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority made a pitch to the city/county officials, that we need to invest in a “Sportsplex” complex for our youth. This complex would be a great asset for the city/county. It would bring in ASA and Dizzy Dean ball and much tax money. (And would not require additional alcohol sales!)

 

 

His own worst enemy

Posted 9/26/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

We should have known better. The recent joint meeting between the city and county concerning placing a park and soccer complex in Burns Bottom appeared to be a rare moment of unity among city and county leaders — and even more rare, a consensus within county leadership.

 

Roses and thorns 9/27/09

Posted 9/26/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A thorn to the leadership of Kappa Sigma and Lamda Chi Alpha fraternities at Mississippi State University, both of which now are on probation until May 15, 2010.

 

Salvation Army statistics

At a recent Interact meeting the speaker was Chief Joseph St. John. One of the things he said was that he as chief of the CPD was going to be concentrating on statistics.

 

 

In defense of Glenn Beck

I’m surprised our Dispatch editor printed Janice Floyd’s letter in Friday’s Voice. The writer was calling folks liars and racists who disagree with the backward policies of this president. I think the letter revealed more about the writer than anyone else. Why would the editor print something like that without specific examples and evidence to prove the accusations are true? Must have just overlooked it.

 

Birney Imes: Market conversations

Posted 9/26/2009 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Gordon Parker leaned against a battered blue pickup truck loaded with Vardaman sweet potatoes. Parker, a truck farmer who lives in Hamilton, grows peas, tomatoes, okra, corn, butter beans and two types of pole beans, Louisiana purple pod and rattlesnake, which he sells at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market.

 

A picture that reflects the heartbeat of a family

The picture of the rainbow and old Gerhart dairy barn and farm is so much more than just a picture that catches your breath. Kelly (Tippett), you captured the heartbeat of six generations of a family that lived, were born and raised in the original homeplace built in 1920, worked and played in that barn and surrounding pasture and who tread this same prairie soil today.

 

 

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