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Birney Imes: Voice of the people

Posted 4/13/2013 in Local Columns

We love letters to the editor. Not only do they affirm the vital role newspapers play in our communities, they often provide a fresh take on pressing local issues. My only problem with letters to the editor -- and I expect most newspaper editors of small town papers would say the same thing -- is the scarcity of them.

 

Slimantics: Of shot elephants and hanged dogs ...

Posted 4/11/2013 in Local Columns

I used to take a measure of pride in saying that Tupelo was my hometown. Now? I am not so sure, especially since Tupelo has become the Drive-By Elephant Shooting Capitol of the South.

Possumhaw: A sticky situation

Posted 4/8/2013 in Local Columns

A terrible, terrible, thing happened. Sam pulled the boat out of the garage to go fishing. We keep the fishing boat in the garage and the vehicles in the yard. It was a beautiful day so the garage doors were left opened.

Slimantics: An honest inquiry on race...

Posted 4/4/2013 in Local Columns

During Wednesday's Table Talk program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, four well-known local officials led a discussion on the subject, "My Favorite Childhood Book is...." Lowndes County supervisors Harry Sanders and Leroy Brooks, along with Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese, spoke briefly about their favorite books, but it was the discussion that followed that proved most interesting.

Birney Imes: Garden walk

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Walk out into the backyard at 4 a.m. and the first thing you notice is the birds. A million of them there must be, all singing their particular songs. The result is a symphonic composition more complex and beautiful than anything a human could conceive.

Slimantics: Hire a felon?

Posted 4/2/2013 in Local Columns

Tonight, the Columbus City Council will consider a proposal to amend its hiring policies as they apply to people with felony convictions. This comes in the wake of enforcement guidelines issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that warned employers that making employment decisions based solely on a candidate's criminal history could be considered discrimination.

Possumhaw: The color's in the jigs

Posted 4/1/2013 in Local Columns

Spring flings a craving on me for something new to wear; something "springy" even if temperatures are freezing. No matter, I wanted something the yellow of a daffodil, the fuchsia of loropetalum or the purple of a budding redbud. Only I was prevented from going to my usual thrift haunts because I had given up my love of thrifting for Lent. It meant sacrifice.

 

Plea for 'balance' evokes memories of radio's Paul Harvey

Posted 4/1/2013 in Local Columns

Many hoped Paul Harvey would never die. Listening to the commentator's daily radio broadcast from Chicago was a happy habit for legions of Mississippians from right after World War II until 2009 when, at age 90, Harvey's life and career came to its inevitable end.

 

Slimantics: Political machinations shame our state

Posted 3/29/2013 in Local Columns

In a previous column, I referred to the Mississippi Legislature as a "festering pile of stupid." Upon reflection, this was not an accurate portrayal. As the 2013 legislative session draws toward a merciful end, I am reminded daily that there is a more complete description of our state leaders: "A devious, festering pile of stupid."

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Going paperless not as green as it seems

Posted 3/28/2013 in Local Columns

Google has started a big "Go Paperless in 2013" campaign. Paper, they say, is bad for the environment. It's high time someone called bovine manure on this. Trees are organic. Trees are renewable. Tree farms reduce CO2. There are more forests in Mississippi than there were at the turn of the century.

 

 

Carl Smith: Gay marriage isn't the end of equality issues

Posted 3/27/2013 in Local Columns

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday in two landmark cases which could impact how states and the federal government interpret marriages. I am optimistic laws can catch up to our nation's changing viewpoint on same-sex marriages, but I'm also certain federal protections are sometimes needed to ensure equality.

 

Ask Rufus: Pilgrimage will feature nine homes from original tour

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

A week from tomorrow will be the opening of the annual Columbus spring pilgrimage. Although the first pilgrimage was in the spring of 1940, a Columbus tour of homes actually started a year earlier.

Shannon Bardwell: Charlie Purple Turnipseed

Posted 3/23/2013 in Local Columns

I ran my hand over the book cover which I'm in the habit of doing. A pretty cover attracts me. The book featured delicate anthropomorphic characters framing a drawing of a kindly man wearing an oversized purple shirt, a garden hat; he was leaning on a long stick and holding a sunflower. Bumblebees bumbled all around him. I'm afraid I might be one of those people who judge a book by its cover.

Slimantics: The mayor's race is, yawn, on ...

Posted 3/22/2013 in Local Columns

About 50 people crowded into the Grill Room at Lion Hills Golf Club Thursday for the latest episode of the Columbus Exchange Club Candidates Forum, which those in attendance will recall as "The 57 minutes of my life I really, really wish I had back."

Slimantics: Mercifully, the end is near ...

Posted 3/21/2013 in Local Columns

The Great Festering Pile of Stupid, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Legislature, will soon end its 2013 session.

 

Mississippi Voices: Spring reveries

Posted 3/20/2013 in Local Columns

The first day of spring. My favorite month, April, is just around the corner. Now we just need one big gullywasher to get rid of the pine pollen. Normally, spring gives me a strong sense of rebirth and renewal, but this spring I seem surrounded by moments crystallizing the passage of time.

 

Slimantics: Dad and the contradiction of spring ...

Posted 3/19/2013 in Local Columns

Wednesday is the first day of spring, that time of year when most of us do with joy what we will be complaining about having to do come summer.

Possumhaw: The best things in libraries are free

Posted 3/18/2013 in Local Columns

People always say that you can't get something for nothing but that's not true. Not at the library.

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's banning of bans is inconsistent, at best

Posted 3/18/2013 in Local Columns

"Nanny government" is inconsistent with conservatism. Or it was. Maybe not anymore.

 

Birney Imes: When ink gets in your blood

Posted 3/16/2013 in Local Columns

A word of advice: When the revolution comes, make sure Tina Perry is on your side. In the meantime, I'm glad she's on ours. This past week Tina hardly had time to note the passing of her 30th anniversary at The Dispatch. There was, after all, a paper to get out.

 

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