Sunshine Week is an opportunity to remind people of the principle of the public's right to know about government decisions and actions that affect their lives.
A newcomer to Columbus would likely have viewed Monday's meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees as tediously long, but ultimately uneventful.
Well, that's more like it. The Legislature last week passed two important bills on to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. Both S.B. 2507 and H.B. 928 make significant needed improvements to Mississippi's so-called "Sunshine laws." They're known that way here and across the nation because of their purpose to increase transparency in government.
Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.
While state lawmakers in Jackson guide Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger legislation, one very important issue is sure to re-emerge, the early appointment of Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway as Oktibbeha County School District conservator.
The boys were all excited about their fishing weekend. Tim wanted to kick off his recent retirement, and Greg, looking forward to the birth of his second child, wanted a quiet weekend to fish; Sam agreed to host. Quick to seize opportunity, I called my college roommate, Toni, and suggested we meet for a girls' night.
People say the world is going to the dogs. We could do worse.
While watching our local news after the Ole Miss/State game, I saw a Sen. Cochran campaign ad during one of the commercial breaks.
I really enjoyed William Browning's article (Browning on Business, March 13) about Beneke. That it would close after all these years is just unthinkable in my mind.
The Starkville Community Theater recently performed "Steel Magnolias." The play version is similar in story line, but very different in execution from the movie. Unlike the movie, the play is an all woman show with a cast of six characters. It was a wonderful show and one that the theater and the community should be very proud of having in its complement of theater productions.
I must need to smoke pot. How else to explain why I wasn't getting President Obama's interview on "Between Two Ferns," the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" fame.
Somewhere in a shoebox beneath a bed, I have photographs of the Mentone Springs Hotel, a Victorian lodging built 130 years ago on the western brow of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama.
It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.
If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.
A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.
The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.
Tuesday, a week after Columbus mayor Robert Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club, a Rotarian asked the guest speaker how he could exert his influence on the Columbus Municipal School Board in an effort to reverse recent decline. This week's speaker was not the mayor, however. It was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.
I feel compelled to write a letter in answer to The Dispatch's "Our View" piece from March 7, 2014, titled "City's policies are an insult to the people." The column claims that the people of Columbus should be insulted by the conduct of The City.
OXFORD -- In the aftermath Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's death, a consensus seems to have emerged, at least among his detractors, that he had mellowed with age.
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