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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.

Adele Elliott: Speaking freely

Posted 9/29/2012 in Local Columns

This week, I received two photographs of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens being dragged through the streets of Benghazi, just before he died. He was bruised and bloody, his clothing filthy and torn. They made me horribly sad.

 

Our view: Not the Wright stuff

Posted 9/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When he was running for Lowndes County Superintendent of Education, Lynn Wright made a personal visit to the offices of The Dispatch, assuring the newspaper's editorial board that, as superintendent, he would be accessible and available.

 

Slimantics: When kids drop out

Posted 9/26/2012 in Local Columns

For some time now, we've been hearing that you can't fix what's wrong with our education system by throwing money at it.

 

Voice of the people: Berry Hinds

 

 

Voice of the people: Abraham Smith

I enjoyed Peter Imes' article "Non-mechanical teaching" (9-22-2012). He said his teachers helped him to have "the ability to repair computers, use complex software and think critically," skills he "depends on every day."

 

 

Our view: Hold it ...

Posted 9/25/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

As duly noted in Sunday's edition of The Dispatch, there is much to like about the Columbus Soccer Complex, which had its grand opening on Saturday.

 

 

Peter Imes: Non-mechanical teaching

Posted 9/22/2012 in Local Columns

Since my son was born a little more than six years ago, my wife and I have had countless angst-ridden discussions on what to do when he reached school age. Public, private, boarding, home -- we've weighed every schooling option. He started kindergarten last month, and, though we are thrilled with his school, the dialogue continues.

 

Roses and thorns 9-23-2012

Posted 9/22/2012 in Roses & Thorns

Roses: Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Columbus Municipal School District, livestock and those responsible for the soccer park. Thorns: Computers

 

Our view: We've built it. Will they come?

Posted 9/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: Time to rebuild chamber

Posted 9/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority -- especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization -- need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.

 

 

Our view: Developer hire key to payoff for Starkville

Posted 9/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority-especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization-need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.

 

 

Our view: A refreshing change of direction...

Posted 9/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau was a circumspect affair. The board did its business at a brisk pace, adjourning in about an hour. There were no wild allegations, no shouting matches, no flagrant flaunting of any rules.

 

 

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