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Adele Elliott: In the hood

Posted 3/31/2012 in Local Columns

It is said that clothes make the man. If so, does it also follow that clothing can be a man's undoing?

 

 

Our View: Consider the environmental costs of growth

Posted 3/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday in his presentation to Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Trust members economic development guru Bill Fruth said something that gave us pause. Fruth was talking about how community attitudes and laws can be a deterrent for new business.

 

 

Voice of the people: Anne Buffington

Celebrate Starkville public schools.

 

 

Our View: The Link charts a course

Posted 3/28/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Bill Fruth is an economic forecaster, statistician and consultant, who analyzes local economies. He is in town this week talking to us about ours. His numbers tell us one thing we already know: By any measure, Joe Higgins, in his eight years as head of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, has amassed an impressive string of economic successes.

 

Possumhaw: Prairie block party

Posted 3/27/2012 in Local Columns

It was spring and I decided to throw a Prairie block party. It is very difficult in the Prairie to know where your block begins and ends so I depended on Sam to identify the neighbors. Regrettably, a few got left out.

 

Our View: Trayvon Martin and John Sanderson

Posted 3/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was inevitable comparisons would be made. After Saturday's shooting of Mississippi State student John Sanderson, reportedly by one of three black males, local and national commentators immediately began drawing comparisons with the February shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch captain.

 

Ask Rufus: The W, 165 years of quality women's education

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

MUW opened as the Industrial Institute and College in 1885. However, it was not a totally new school as it evolved out of the 1847 Columbus Female Institute which closed in 1884 so that it could be transferred to the state and reopen as a state "girls college" the next year. That would make The W a year older than Ole Miss.

Birney Imes: The Chickenman and his dogs

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

George Coleman Jr. grew up hunting quail. His father, George Sr., worked for Johnson Tombigbee Furniture, and at times Junior would hunt with the sons of his father's boss, Reau and Scott Berry.

 

Our view: Harsh punishment?

Posted 3/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

While we don't condone Pratt's action -- it was illegal, after all -- we agree with the majority of the council, that firing is too harsh a punishment.

 

 

Our view: The first day of spring

Posted 3/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On the first day of spring we watched a man in blue suspenders standing in a bed of pink azaleas roll brown paint on The Old Homestead, the house Rufus and Karen Ward are restoring next to the Episcopal Church.

 

 

John D. Acker: Appreciates positive Dispatch

A rose and a "thank you" to The Commercial Dispatch for a wonderful change (from my perspective).

 

 

Scott Colom: Spears will be a good addition to school board

Posted 3/21/2012 in Local Columns

Jason Spears has had an eventful two days. Monday, he and his wife, Paige Spears, had their first child, a boy named Barrett, and Tuesday the city council appointed him to the Municipal School Board.

 

 

Our View: Teen's death offers painful lesson

Posted 3/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In this time of neighborhood watches and heightened sensitivity about domestic crime, the Feb. 26 killing of a teenager in Florida offers a cautionary tale for us in the Golden Triangle.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Serendipity or supernatural?

Posted 3/20/2012 in Local Columns

"There oughta be an easier way," I hollered down at him. He looked up and smiled, "It's OK, I could use the exercise."

Adele Elliott: Fall from grace

Posted 3/17/2012 in Local Columns

The news is seldom good. In Afghanistan, an American soldier slaughtered 16 civilians for no discernible reason. That carnage included nine children. In Ohio, a 17-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage, in which he killed three of his fellow students and injured others. The victims were chosen at random. His motive remains unclear.

 

Our View: Sears closing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It will be sad to see this American icon disappear from the local landscape.

 

 

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