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Ask Rufus: Looking back at the city's original town limits

Posted 8/25/2012 in Local Columns

Several people have asked why the south end of Market Street does a dog-leg at the Columbus Light and Water Department building. This question resulted in an interesting discussion with Sam Kaye about the development of the city's street grid.

 

Voice of the people: Chris Howard

Imagine a system where you go to a government office and jump through the appropriate hoops to get a driver's license. But you don't get to keep your license. They keep it for you. Well, they keep a list of people who are approved.

 

Slimantics: The conditional right to vote....

Posted 8/22/2012 in Local Columns

It is an ageless truth: You often don't realize the value of something until you lose it. I suppose that is why I am particularly sensitive to the recent trend for Voter ID laws in some states.

Slimantics: How Slim saved the Wave...sort of

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

High school football started this week, and I found myself thinking about my own experience playing high school football. It has been 36 years since I last wore the Gold and Blue of the Tupelo Golden Wave. Somehow, they have managed to press on without me.

Possumhaw: Bye-bye, my wrens

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

Wrens have been flying in and out of the airplane plant, the airplane plant Nick Hairston gave me. It's a "pass-along" plant, having belonged to Nick's mother. I like the easy airplane plant because it makes me feel successful. I've made eight more plants from the mother plant.

Ask Rufus: Our musical roots go 'Over the Hills and Far Away'

Posted 8/18/2012 in Local Columns

We often hear about music that was popular during times of national crisis. There is the big band music of World War II, the hard times music of Woodie Guthrie during the Great Depression and the haunting melodies of the Civil War. The War of 1812 brought us the Star Spangled Banner and the Revolutionary War yielded Yankee Doodle.

 

Our view: Tonight's opponent is indifference

Posted 8/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight marks the beginning of the high school football season, and it appears as though the weather will conspire to dampen, quite literally, the enthusiasm that generally adorns the occasion.

 

 

Voice of the people: Denise Reid

Pawning stolen merchandise Regarding the stolen merchandise recovered by police at Rings & Strings. The article in The Dispatch was shared on the AP and ran in several newspapers' Internet editions across the country.

 

 

Our view: A neighbor we haven't met ...

Posted 8/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday was the first day of classes at Mississippi University for Women, but unless your travels brought you in close proximity to the picturesque campus down on College Street, the event likely escaped your notice.

 

 

Voice of the people: Capt. Angela Wilson Cyrus

In Columbus City Council's consideration of renaming the block of Fourth Street known as Catfish Alley to Catfish Alley Sallie Mae Jones, we have had an extraordinary opportunity to revisit the poignant history of The Alley (as we call it) and the entrepreneurial labors of its black business owners.

 

 

Voice of the people: Ken Durand

I am wondering if The Dispatch is capable of selecting columnist and publishing articles that present a fair view of this political season.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Tuesday's paper had a column by Margaret Carlson regarding Gov. Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate. I think those hippie-style glasses aren't the only thing still she uses from the 60s. That's not right or fair, but neither is her column.

 

 

Our view: The right way ...

Posted 8/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after the Columbus City Council demonstrated how not to make a key appointment, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to do it the right way.

 

 

Voice of the people: Sanders Weatherby Sr.

This letter is in response to the move to rename Catfish Alley here in Columbus.

 

Possumhaw: Ants in the Prairie

Posted 8/13/2012 in Local Columns

Across the back porch scooted a carpenter ant. You have to wonder how they navigate because they stop, turn left, turn right, back up and then file forward again. Carpenter ants are plentiful right now. Sometimes, if I'm feeling so inclined, I get up and step on them. From the road I look like I'm doing the porch Watusi.

Slimantics: An unanswered prayer ...

Posted 8/10/2012 in Local Columns

It is the custom of the Caledonia Board of Aldermen to begin each of its monthly meetings with an invocation delivered by Town Attorney Jeff Smith. I do not know if Smith tailors the prayer to each month's agenda or if he simply follows a time-honored script, like the Book of Common Prayer, for example.

 

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