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Birney Imes: Literary notes

Posted 9/12/2010 in Local Columns

About the new color scheme for Tennessee Williams' Welcome Center one of our readers wrote, "I think the colors are hideous and have yet to hear anybody else say otherwise." At this writing 38 percent of respondents to our online poll have said otherwise while 54 percent don't like it. The rest are on the fence.

Jay Lacklen: Starship troopers

Posted 9/12/2010 in Local Columns

In 1970, soon after pilot training equipment issue, I took my helmet into the bathroom and locked the door.

 

Internet search just got better with Google Instant

Posted 9/9/2010 in Local Columns

On Wednesday Google rolled out their Google Instant feature. Google Instant makes searching much easier and faster by actually showing search results to you while you type your keywords.

 

Steve Mullen: Unstimuluslike conduct

Posted 9/8/2010 in Local Columns

On cue, the anti-Obama is behaving very unstimuluslike.

 

Marty Wiseman: Is Mississippi becoming more like America, or vice versa?

Posted 9/7/2010 in Local Columns

The annual rhetorical outburst that is fast becoming customary during the sweltering month of August has certainly served as the impetus for more than a few moments of reflection. Perhaps the highlight this year was conservative commentator Glenn Beck's dusting off of the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King made his classic "I have a Dream Speech" to make a national religious call to arms.

 

 

Turning trees into gasoline

Posted 9/1/2010 in Local Columns

Two centuries ago, wood served as our energy fuel for the American frontier, providing home heat and powering commercial furnaces and eventually steam engines.

 

Rufus Ward: A first-hand account of Grierson's Cavalry Raid of 1863

Posted 8/29/2010 in Local Columns

One of the most famous calvary exploits of the Civil War was the Union calvary raid through Mississippi by Col. B.H.Grierson in 1863. The raid has been the subject of several books and even a John Wayne movie, "The Horse Soldiers."

Birney Imes: Wil Colom wants to help save the world

Posted 8/29/2010 in Local Columns

Sometimes the answer comes before the question is fully formed. Just ask Wil Colom. Eight years ago, the lawyer/businessman/entrepreneur happened to be standing on the Serengeti Plain in northern Tanzania in the presence of a Maasai warrior when he heard music.

 

Peter Imes: How to unsend an e-mail in Gmail

Posted 8/26/2010 in Local Columns

Gmail is Google's free e-mail service. Through www.gmail.com, you can create an e-mail account that you can check on virtually any computer connected to the Internet. It's a replacement for Outlook or Apple Mail and is similar to Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

 

Steve Mullen: The light in August is overrated

Posted 8/25/2010 in Local Columns

I learned back in college that William Faulkner's wife made a remark to him about the "light in August," giving him the name for one of his novels. (If you still can't guess which one, Google it.)

Birney Imes: Birthday ruminations

Posted 8/21/2010 in Local Columns

A birthday is a time for reflection. I hope you will indulge me. Growing up in Columbus, my favorite pastime as a kid was cruising all over town on a bicycle. Across the river was off limits, so naturally, that's where we went. In those days all the honky tonks and beer joints were over there. We were more interested in the curb markets that sold firecrackers. I still fancy myself an explorer.

 

Peter Imes: Taking care of fraudulent Facebook accounts

Posted 8/19/2010 in Local Columns

 

Steve Mullen: Back to the future: Starkville takes steps toward more livable community

Posted 8/18/2010 in Local Columns

What do Starkville and Oxford have in common? Starkville today reminds me much of Oxford, circa 1995. If you take offense at the suggestion that Starkville is 15 years behind Oxford, swallow your Bulldog pride and take a trip up there.

Birney Imes: Life lessons from a bricklayer's son

Posted 8/15/2010 in Local Columns

Jerry Rice had some poignant things to say the other day. As he was being inducted into pro football's hall of fame, Rice admitted he has been consumed with fear throughout his football career.

 

Starkville Now: Let's make smarter choices for the city of Starkville (link)

Posted 8/13/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

Peter Imes: Finding work and workers online

Posted 8/12/2010 in Local Columns

Unemployment in the Golden Triangle now ranges anywhere from 10.7 percent (Oktibbeha County) to 22 percent (Noxubee County). In light of these staggering numbers, I think now may be a good time to review a few methods of finding both work (for the unemployed) and workers (for employers).

 

 

Jeremiah Dumas: Change for a better community

Posted 8/11/2010 in Local Columns

I have read with considerable interest the many opinion pieces and articles in the paper pertaining to personal freedom infringement by the current and past actions of the Board of Aldermen.

 

Steve Mullen: Ghilles in the mist: Amid graffiti sweep, kids spraying more than paint

Posted 8/11/2010 in Local Columns

Do you feel like you're being watched? If you were strolling down the Riverwalk in the evening hours over the past three weeks, you probably were.

 

Local voices: Learning from Nono

Posted 8/9/2010 in Local Columns

My mother and I spent our first night in Mississippi, in May 2008, at Shadowlawn, the antebellum home and bed and breakfast on College Street. The only Mississippians I knew were Shadowlawn's owners, Burnette and Nono Avakian. When we asked about the couple, we learned they'd met at an antiques auction.

 

Birney Imes: Some like it hot

Posted 8/7/2010 in Local Columns

Monday afternoon I felt like Harry Dean Stanton in the movie "Paris, Texas."

 

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