Take away family, friends and candidates and you might have had a handful of people at Thursday's political forum put on by the Columbus-Lowndes Voters League. Why there weren't more folks there, I haven't a clue.
Dear Birney, The summer of 1968 my Dad was transferred back to Louisiana and that is where I finished high school, went to college, and raised my family. Every now and then I make contact with someone from Columbus and we even pass through the town on occasion.
Eighty people died in fires in Mississippi last year. Only in two of those incidents were there smoke detectors. In one of those cases, it is unknown whether the detector was working.
The move is decidedly Mississippian, done in a Mississippi way: Boxes and belongings lashed to the back of a borrowed pickup snaking down two-lane highways, passing Una and Egypt and Okolona, dodging slow-moving tractors and roadkill.
It's questionable when any elected official says he made a weighty decision simply because someone asked him nicely.
A May vacation to Spain via military space-available transportation presented two revelations I had not anticipated or sought. I thought relaxation and sightseeing would be my most stringent tasks, yet events impinged.
By 8:30 Saturday morning Beth and I were coffeed up and headed east on 82. Our destination: Gordo, AL, for the town's annual celebration of the mule and the chicken, Mule Day Chicken Fest.
Over in Starkville, they've got the knives out. The city was rocked by two stabbings on Tuesday. The one that caught everyone's attention was the 6 a.m. attempted robbery at Shipley Donuts, which is nestled in a popular, busy strip mall along Highway 12.
Summer is here. Inevitably, some of our kids will experience a slide -- and we're not talking about the Slip 'n' Dip.
Scrolling through the homepage for my Facebook account this morning, a post by Judge Nicole Clinkscales caught my attention.
I was a little surprised The Dispatch would publish such an obvious false political statement about Congressman Ryan's proposal to save our Medicare. I'm referring to the Mike Luckovich cartoon, (Thursday, May 26, "Hangover II,") that appeared on the opinion page.
It seems that rules and by-laws are changed often here in Columbus when it is going to work to a favored person's advantage. If I am correct, then why does this happen?
Each year the U.S. Air Force gathers its best and brightest mid-level officers and sends them to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL., for what is called War College. There for 10 months these future military leaders, most of whom are seasoned warriors, turn their attention from suicide bombers, laser-guided missiles and helicopter rescues to matters of policy.
The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.
I just wanted to thank all of the people who made the Newcomers' Orientation such a success.
But before we set off on our Memorial Day weekend, we should all pause to remember this number: 1,344,000.
1. Ask Rufus: Stand Fast Mississippians LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Birney Imes: On the road with Louie and Sprocket LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Kathleen Parker: The new SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words NATIONAL COLUMNS
5. Charles Krauthammer: The wages of weakness NATIONAL COLUMNS