Starkville officials seemed baffled at why an $8.45 million bond-issue referendum failed on Tuesday. Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas said he was "floored" by the meager support for the bond issue, which was planned to fund a new police station.
The recent outcry over the execution of Troy Davis reminded me of the difficult balancing act for police. On the one hand, with every homicide the police are under tremendous pressure to solve the crime quickly.
Three shooting deaths in a week. It's enough to make sure you lock your doors and stay inside at night. What's more frightening is not knowing if those killings are random acts of violence or targeted hits.
Chris Colley is a holy man who sleeps under bridges. This year he has also slept in a preacher's garage apartment and recently camped behind the farm shop of a Mennonite in Aberdeen. He's just finished reading a book about Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln he got while in Hopkinsville, Ky., but mostly he reads from a red, palm-sized Gideon's Bible.
In Thursday's edition Susan Estrich had an oped titled "Real change" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She doubts that a President McCain or VP Palin would have signed this legislation allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.
Mississippi's sunshine laws are meager when compared to other states. Certain personnel matters, for instance, are discussed in open session in Alabama and Tennessee. And the records are public.
I applaud this board of alderman for taking a patient and thoughtful approach in deciding how to build a new police station. No one has ever debated that we badly need to build a police station, but most in this community have strong feelings about how it should be built.
It's time for us to move forward and build a police station. For 10 years now we've battled each other as a community over questions like "where should it be?" and "how much should it cost?" These are fair questions to ask but not at the expense of being able to meet a need that is too obvious to ignore.
Last week, Mississippi's Center for Public Policy launched a website offering easy access to how local tax dollars are spent. In a state where local governing bodies seem to have a cloudy view of sunshine laws, the site -- seethespending.org -- is a huge step forward.
In Sunday's reader comment section there were three comments on the bomb threats at local schools recently. A "sheatherly" needs a reality check, and as a former first responder, I would like to enlighten her.
There's a better way to handle vicious dogs than to wait for one to attack and injure livestock, or worse, a child. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors is on the right track. After recent dog attacks, supervisors are drafting an animal-control ordinance that would include a leash law. The idea is to crack down on owners who apparently don't care enough about their own dogs, as well as their neighbors' well being, to properly supervise their dogs.
Like some sort of airborne grasshopper, the yellow crop duster dips and swoops above the white fields. The flier has little to worry about here, one small clump of trees and a single row of power lines along a dusty gravel road. There is a hypnotic beauty to his dance; an upward loop and a flip and then he's again skimming across the tops of cotton plants, leaving a fine mist in his wake.
In response to Mr. Duncan's letter ("Thinks Williams should be downplayed," Voice of the people, Sept. 8) and The Dispatch poll regarding Tennessee Williams, I would like to state my personal disbelief at the ignorance of a legendary author and playwright.
Ask any elected official and he will tell you (if he's honest) that it's hard to make the tough-but-necessary decisions when you're trying to win a popularity contest.
The three executive searches going on in the Triangle offer a study in contrasts. We're referring to school superintendents in Columbus and Starkville and a police chief in Columbus. Tuesday night, the Mississippi School Boards Association hosted one of those requisite feel-good public meetings to get community input on the qualities we want to see in the next Columbus city schools superintendent.
1. Our view: City's policies are an insult to the people DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Our view: Less-intrusive when it suits them DISPATCH EDITORIALS
3. Lynn Spruill: Maggie's journey LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Susan Estrich: So much for the new Russia NATIONAL COLUMNS