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Birney Imes: A midsummer night's walk

Posted 8/6/2011 in Local Columns

At 2 a.m. the cats are perched on the backyard grass like proud lions waiting to be photographed. When the dew begins to form, they will drift over to the pine mulch of the flower beds and lie on their backs among the black-eyed Susans.

Scott Colom: More voter choice

Posted 8/4/2011 in Local Columns

If you watch politics closely and study the candidates with care, you walk through the entrance to the polling station with eagerness to cast your vote. Yet, even before marking the first ballot, a voter confronts the head-scratching dilemma of deciding which primary ballot to pick up. There are two tables, but you can only go to one.

Shannon Bardwell: A little privacy please

Posted 8/2/2011 in Local Columns

You are expected to have a phone on your person at all times; if not a phone, then you should have an answering machine or caller ID. If you miss a call, people get mad. If you don't call them back, they get mad. Sometimes you're not home; you're working, in the garden, in the bathroom, simply not available.

Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Local Columns

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Birney Imes: Time to do your part

Posted 7/30/2011 in Local Columns

For the past two months a lot of people have spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to convince you to give them a four-year job. On Tuesday, they'll find out how convincing they've been.

Birney Imes: Time to pay the piper

Posted 7/23/2011 in Local Columns

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over what manner of tax increase will be required for the city schools' budget. The lack of information coming from the district's central office has fueled a growing sense of unease.

 

Peter Imes: An explanation of phone hacking

Posted 7/21/2011 in Local Columns

The recent phone hacking scandal in the U.K. has so far resulted in multiple resignations, arrests and the closure of a 168-year-old newspaper.

 

Scott Colom: The value of self-control

Posted 7/20/2011 in Local Columns

The recent controversy about police chief St. John has awaken the ghosts of April Fool's Day 2010. On that day, Mayor Smith and Councilman Karriem got into a physical altercation at city hall. Chief St. John is presently accused of missing an administrative hearing because he had been allegedly drinking.

Birney Imes: The lessons of St. Joe

Posted 7/20/2011 in Local Columns

If Columbus Police Chief Joe St. John was struggling with any self-esteem issues, they were vanquished Tuesday evening at the city's Municipal Complex.

Birney Imes: The Joe St. John Phenomenon

Posted 7/16/2011 in Local Columns

If elections for mayor were held today and Police Chief Joe St. John was a candidate, I wouldn't want to be in the race. The crazy upshot of the chief's latest misstep seems to be a spike in his popularity.

Jay Lacklen: Courting economic disaster

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Columns

The fast approaching Congressional Debt Ceiling deadline is playing out as a slow motion train wreck, one that has perhaps a fair chance of becoming a full blown economic train wreck. While there is blame on both political parties, I am again aghast at the current methods of the Republican Party I spent 30 years within.

Scott Colom: The hip-hop generation

Posted 7/13/2011 in Local Columns

Over the last 40 years, hip-hop music has been at the center of the debate over the influence of music on society. Critics argue that hip-hop has corroded American culture, that its glorification of misbehavior and female promiscuity promoted perverse morals in young people.

Birney Imes: Watermelon memories

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Columns

Shortly after 7, Saturday morning Pat Burwell was hoisting the second of two Gilmer brothers watermelons into the back of her husband's pickup. "One for us and one for the chickens," she laughed. Husband Brooke confirmed it from the other side of the truck. "Our dog eats the rinds," he added. "Loves them."

 

Parker Wiseman: Starkville town meeting

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, July 12th at 6 p.m., Starkville will host a town hall meeting to present a preliminary concept for meeting our public facility needs. I am writing to encourage full public participation at this important event.

 

Scott Colom: More women in political leadership

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Columns

Women are probably the most under-represented demographic of voters in Mississippi. On a state level, Mississippi has never had a female governor, U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator. Hattiesburg's Evelyn Gandy, who was elected lieutenant governor in 1975 and made two runs for governor, is as close as any women has come to being elected to the state's top office.

Garthia Burnett: The black and white elephant in the room

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

Wednesday, I fielded a call from an upset reader. He accused the paper of trying to keep black people out of significant local leadership positions and cited its "attacks" on Columbus schools' Interim Superintendent Martha Liddell as the latest attempt to support the "good old Southern Mississippi white boys trying to maintain a position of leadership."

 

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