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Possumhaw: The loss of a pet

Posted 7/9/2012 in Local Columns

You know, mommas are always the ones to do all the work for the pets and you always wonder why they don't want any, or any more, pets.

 

Letter to the Editor: Opposes garage sale ordinances

Sustainability leader and Starkville Alderman Jeremiah Dumas is proposing a garage sale ordinance. The ordinance means police must enforce it and clerks must handle the paperwork. A study in Carney Point, NJ, showed that permit revenue fell far short of meeting administrative/enforcement expense. That could happen in Starkville.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: Of patriotism and 'fat cats'

Just as cooks like to combine seemingly incompatible flavors into tasty and agreeable dishes, I enjoy making apparently opposite ideas into productive or provocative thought.

 

 

Our view: In Caledonia, the cure is worse than the illness

Posted 7/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If the folk who run the town of Caledonia had divine powers, you suspect they would turn the blind man lame.

 

 

Our view: 'The better angels of our nature'

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It began in April of 1775 as an armed conflict by a small group of Colonists fighting for their rights as subjects to the British crown.

 

 

Our view: Is EMCC back in the Country Club mix?

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was the best plan 14 months ago. It remains the best plan today.

 

 

Bill Boggess/Local Voices: A compassionate health-care system

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I went to the doctor the other day and it got me thinking about the French medical plan. Why the French plan? Because I've been living in France for 28 years, and enjoying the benefits of their medical system.

 

Possumhaw: Bass fishing reveries

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I pointed my fishing pole toward Sam. "Look!" As we faced each other in the fishing boat, he quickly looked behind him. "What?" "My pole!" There between us was my new fishing pole with a good two feet dangling off the end. "You scared me," he said, "I thought you saw a snake or an alligator. We'll go back and get your old one."

 

Voice of the people: Michael Lightsey

In my 40 years as a resident here, I have heard praise and criticism of Oktibbeha County Hospital. Often, pros and cons are part of the subjective nature of hospital experiences whether it is a renowned world-class medical center or a more traditional facility primarily servicing a community or region.

 

Jay Lacklen: Archeological talk spurs fantastical journey back in time

Posted 6/30/2012 in Local Columns

Naturalist Pat Arinder's talk on the archeological history of local Indian culture presented at the Plymouth Bluff Center last Sunday brought back several quandaries I have pondered.

 

Our view: Health Care debate doesn't end with Court's ruling

Posted 6/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There was good news and bad news for Conservatives on Thursday. The Bad News was that the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration's health care plan constitutional. The Good News is that the plan covers Conniption Fits.

 

 

Our view: Library's move to e-books a welcome step

Posted 6/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Public libraries serve many functions. One of those functions, symbolic in nature, is to uphold the traditions and history of its community. For older generations, there is something almost reverential about a library, particularly an old library. It provides a link from present to past. For book lovers, libraries are a comforting place.

 

 

Voice of the people: Elizabeth Simpson

In "State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy," June 19 headline, if assumptions were holes in Swiss cheese, then the article was full of them.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Ah huh, so "journalists" are professionals who report & record the news, events of history as they happen w/o bias. Maybe once upon a time ...

 

Slimantics: Logic and emotion do battle in hospital sale discussions

Posted 6/26/2012 in Local Columns

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors moved briskly through the early portion of Monday's meeting, eager to get to the public comment portion of the agenda. Monday's meeting drew a crowd of about 60 spectators and the atmosphere of the board room was charged with emotion over the possible sale of Oktibbeha County Hospital. So, naturally, the first two citizens to speak talked about...roads.

Partial to Home: Standing ovation

Posted 6/23/2012 in Local Columns

Robert Boudreau during his stay here has said a lot of nice things about Columbus. The other night the founder and director of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra called the town a Brigadoon. It sounded complimentary, but until I went home and Googled it, I couldn't be sure.

 

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