It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.
Wyatt Emmerich, in today's (Sept 28, 2011) Dispatch, spoke at length of the fact (and, yes, it certainly is fact) that many governmental agencies use fines of all sorts as a funding measure. Now, first of all, a fine is supposed to be used as a deterrent, never a money making deal. It does happen, however wrong it is.
I still do not understand how an automobile can remain parked in front of my store on Main Street since early Saturday morning with only one ticket.
Most local media outlets carried the story of the strong-arm house robbery several weeks ago, but for me it was very personal. While not an immediate member of my family, the victim has worked with my father's law firm for years and is loved by my family as if she were a member.
During my tenure as mayor of Sturgis, former supervisor David Oswalt and myself procured grants and used county and city assets and Ralph Jackson's land donations to build a public park. This park has been open for ballgames, walking track, childrens playground, family reunions, political meetings, motorcycle rally. etc, and the soon to be go-cart races.
Citizens, churches, neighborhood leaders, government officials, philanthropists, and educators must all pitch in with law enforcement to improve quality of life issues within the City of Columbus.
Local law enforcement seems to be at a loss on how to handle the recent surge in crime. Or at least how to communicate effectively enough to make us feel safe in our own backyard. The several shooting deaths in the past weeks already had us on edge.
Democrats and some in the news media have repeatedly criticized my decision to create a study commission to analyze the long-term solvency of the Public Employees' Retirement System. These attacks are aimed at politicizing a well-guided study commission and waging a fear-mongering campaign to scare state employees and retirees into voting Democrat during the 2011 legislative elections.
Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
In 1999, the improbable happened. On a rainy Friday night, the Columbus Falcons beat the South Panola Tigers. At the time, South Panola was the defending 5A state champion, undefeated and building its reputation as a football powerhouse. In comparison, Columbus, which had recently been created by combing Lee High and Caldwell, had never had a winning season. The expectations for defeat were so widespread that classmates joked with CHS players about how badly the team would get beat.
The odds are stacked against us. In general, research shows children raised in single-parent households don't perform as well academically as peers who have both parents at home.
It's decision time. On Nov. 8, we'll be called on to make important decisions, on the state and local levels. Republican Phil Bryant faces Democrat Johnny Dupree in the governor's race.
The Council of Columbus Garden Clubs extends their congratulations to the recently appointed Director of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau, Nancy Carpenter.
The Columbus-Lowndes tourism bureau continues to take one step forward and two steps back. After months of debate, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith finally came to a decision about the ninth Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau member.
With the economy in question; heavy bond issues for the hospital; and needed school support, it was no surprise that an $8 million-plus bond issue for a new police building failed to pass.
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.
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