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Wyatt Emmerich: A fiasco in the making

Posted 4/22/2013 in Local Columns

While Mississippi Power was building the $4 billion Kemper coal plant, Entergy bought a natural gas plant for $250 million -- one twelfth the cost per kilowatt.

 

Birney Imes: A turnaround at The W

Posted 4/20/2013 in Local Columns

"I'd call it a miracle," a W alumna was saying Saturday afternoon. She was talking about the love fest going on at her alma mater this weekend. Anyone who endured the dark days of a few years back, when alumni had taken to the barricades and there was talk of merger with State, would have to agree.

Ask Rufus: Spring Time 1849

Posted 4/20/2013 in Local Columns

The cold snap of the last few days has brought to mind an account of spring time 164 years ago. The plantation journal for a Billups farm in Lowndes County during the spring of 1849 has survived and paints an interesting picture.

Slimantics: Juneteenth has a transcendent opportunity

Posted 4/17/2013 in Local Columns

By my estimation, it took the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees almost six months to say no to Leroy Brooks.

 

Marty Wiseman: Education in Mississippi: A glimmer of hope

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

It seems that in every news outlet over the past few days there has been discussion of education legislation passed in the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature. While there was no massive education reform package, numerous doors were opened.

 

Partial to home: Bet Nancy Drew could find that armadillo

Posted 4/16/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of years ago we tried to catch the armadillo. At night he would emerge from his lair to root around in our yard for grubs. Each morning the grass looked as though a foursome of golfers had spent the night practicing their chip shots.

Possumhaw: Transporting live turtles

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

Eight good-size turtles bask on the bank of the pond. A few years back we emptied the pond and had the silt dug out. When it refilled only one fallen limb remained in the pond. The pond turtles vie for it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: How about equal time defining rape for our sons?

Posted 4/15/2013 in Local Columns

It was 30 years ago. She was a student any professor would consider ideal. Front row. Eyes up. Tidy. Attentive. Smiled easily, often. But after Thanksgiving break, she didn't come back.

 

 

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.

 

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