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Voice of the people: Why not look into privatization?

After reading the editorial about privatizing Public Works in The Dispatch Thursday I'm still asking myself, "Why in the world did David Armstrong suggest a tax increase was inevitable and why would he not want to allow the company to do an audit, free of charge to us, in order to advise us on whether it would be a money saving move or not?

 

 

Birney Imes: Our town

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

There is something different about this place, all right. We would have a hard time counting the number of letters we've received over the years from visitors delighted, if not bewildered by the over-the-top servings of Southern hospitality they enjoyed while passing through our lovely ville.

 

 

Robert Smith: The Mayor responds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

The following is a response to Birney Imes' column of Aug. 10 titled, "An open letter to Mayor Smith." On Aug. 6, 2014, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus had a budget meeting. In that meeting the Council deadlocked on a number of issues related to some important pay raises for some of the City's valuable employees.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Windsor and Harry Dean Stanton

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

NEAR PORT GIBSON -- You can waste a lot of time trying to get others to appreciate what you see in certain people, certain places. If the beauty is less than obvious, and more of the haunting variety, it's often a fool's pastime even to try.

 

Leonard Pitts: Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been used as a staging ground by reporters covering the ongoing unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man.

 

Our View: Betting on Columbus

Posted 8/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The financial landscape of the city of Columbus has been the topic of concern since last week's special meeting of the council, which was held to make adjustments to the proposed budget.

 

Lynn Spruill: Summer has come and gone

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Columns

Each season has its own special character. Summer always was and I guess to me it always will be June, July and August, the months when school was out.

 

Leonard Pitts: Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean

Posted 8/15/2014 in National Columns

A riot can be many things.

 

 

Our View: City should consider privatization of public works

Posted 8/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, as the city council and mayor were engaged in a discussion of the city's grim financial outlook, councilman Bill Gavin pushed back when the city's chief operations officer, David Armstrong, suggested that a tax increase was inevitable. Gavin's position was the city should explore all possible options of reducing expenses before taking that step.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: At 91, William Winter's focus is still a better Mississippi

Posted 8/14/2014 in Local Columns

As midday neared on a cool July day in Mississippi (strange as that sounds), a 91-year-old hopped (strange as that sounds) up the stage steps, approached and embraced the lectern at the Neshoba County Fair.

 

 

Our View: A stumbling start

Posted 8/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday afternoon, Philip Hickman, the new superintendent of schools in Columbus, met with The Dispatch editorial board. We left that meeting with a guarded sense of optimism.

 

 

Our View: Your chance to be heard on the mayor's pay raise

Posted 8/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been a week since Columbus Mayor Robert Smith broke a 3-3 tie to award himself a $10,000 pay raise during a special budget meeting that painted a grim picture of the city's financial picture.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Mental illness

Posted 8/13/2014 in National Columns

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought -- for a moment -- "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Attacking achievement

Posted 8/12/2014 in National Columns

New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.

 

Slimantics: Cordial chaos: The story I am not allowed to tell

Posted 8/12/2014 in Local Columns

On Aug. 5, we published a story on the renovations currently being made at the Kroger store on Highway 45. I didn't write that story, nor was it the story I had hoped to write.

Possumhaw: Bunnies, deer, ducks - now skunks

Posted 8/11/2014 in Local Columns

Coming in from feeding the bunnies, I found Sam doing his morning pushups. He held the pose as he watched me lie on the floor and look up at him. "I have some news. There are skunks under the house."

 

Voice of the people: Raymond Gross

 

Ask Rufus: The raised-cottages of Columbus, a cultural intersection

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

In examining the historic architecture of Columbus, the earliest houses other than log houses are the vernacular raised-cottage and the late Federal style.

Birney Imes: An open letter to Mayor Smith

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

Mr. Mayor, do you have any idea what effect your actions Wednesday have had on the people of Columbus? You are the face of Columbus. Friday your face appeared in the state's largest newspaper under a headline proclaiming you had given yourself a $10,000 raise after a discussion of the city's budget deficit.

 

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