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Birney Imes: A walk in the park

Posted 10/13/2012 in Local Columns

 

 

Voice of the people: Tom Velek

It not typical for The Dispatch to publish snarky, anonymous articles. Yet on Friday there it was, "Is Hazel in charge of the Columbus Soccer Complex?" The article was complete with a haughty yet meaningless literary/cinematic reference. The writer seems to be trying to make a point about the intelligence level of those that planned the stunning, new Columbus soccer complex. The article, however, does more to illuminate the writer's lack of experience with similar facilities and the typical usage of this complex.

 

 

Our view: 'Ideas Tour' an encouraging initiative

Posted 10/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn brought his "Mississippi Solutions -- An Ideas Tour" to Columbus on Tuesday. About 75 citizens, a third of them 10th-graders from Lowndes County Young Leaders group, packed themselves into the old municipal courtroom at City Hall.

 

It's time for 'Abstinence Plus Everything'

Posted 10/9/2012 in Local Columns

In Sunday's Dispatch, reporter Sarah Fowler tackled a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in Mississippi -- teenage sex.

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

When I read the article, Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions, I had one of those "Well, duh!" moments.

 

Possumhaw: Time to get checked

Posted 10/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last year Carole found out she had a mass. Carole is one of those people who does everything right. She eats right, exercises and gets annual mammograms. So when the doctor said he saw something suspicious, Carole wasn't worried. If it was cancer it had to be small. Right?

Birney Imes: Red Lobster and a lone crawfish

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

He was the last passenger to get on the plane. A tall black man in a dark pinstriped suit, elegant white shirt and expensive shoes. His eyes landed on the empty seat beside me. We were on a 6 a.m. flight from Birmingham to Washington D.C.

 

Voice of the people: Luberta Bouldes

Expungement laws need to be eased One of the saddest days of my life was when my son was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

 

Ask Rufus: Dances, propellers and perceptions

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

Often what we consider to be important really isn't that significant, while at the same time events we overlook can be of historic note.

 

Our view: Is Hazel in charge of the Columbus Soccer Complex?

Posted 10/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In the movie version of John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," the central characters of the story -- a motley group of malingerers, derelicts and misfits -- are confronted with a problem.

 

 

Voice of the people: Bob Raymond

It might be interesting to other Mississippians to see what was being taught about Mississippi in 2003 in Texas. Here is an excerpt from The Houston Teachers' Institute (University of Houston) that was included in a teaching curriculum.

 

 

Can we send them to bed without dessert?

Posted 10/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Welcome to third grade, or as we say in Columbus and Lowndes County, local politics. During Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting, Kabir said he didn't want to play with little Harry anymore because Harry called Kabir and his playmates a "bad word."

 

 

Voice of the people: Nan Lott

"Bump in the road." Indeed! When our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans are brutally murdered on what is considered American soil and our the ambassador's body is dragged through the streets of Benghazi, our President Barak Obama says merely of the murders, "It's a bump in the road."

 

Slimantics: Crappie Masters: Not in it for the money ... yet

Posted 10/3/2012 in Local Columns

A visit to the visitor's bureau Tuesday evening to meet a few of the contestants in this week's Crappie Masters National Championship confirmed for me one of life's great truths: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will blow the rent at BassPro.

 

Our view: Castleberry a good choice for Cotton Mill project

Posted 10/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is hard to imagine a better fit for Starkville's CottonMill project than Columbus developer Mark Castleberry.

 

Possumhaw: The woman and the snake

Posted 10/1/2012 in Local Columns

It was my strangest encounter with nature yet. I walked toward the greenhouse, rounding the compost pile. On the opposite side of the compost I saw about eight inches of a snake.

 

Voice of the people: Spence P. Andrews

In defense of Lynn Wright A thorn to The Commercial Dispatch for publishing a negative opinion of Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright based solely on his failure to return phone calls.

 

Ask Rufus: Undying character, friendship and history

Posted 9/29/2012 in Local Columns

I recently heard a person comment that the difference between thieves and politicians is that there is honor among thieves. Having spent more than 35 years in politics, I take exception to that comment but I can also understand why sometimes people might think so. It only takes one rotten apple to make a whole bushel basket of otherwise good apples look bad.

 

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