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Steve Mullen: Drew and Whodat: A fish story

Posted 2/10/2010 in Local Columns

A Facebook friend made the comment today that with the New Orleans Saints' win in the Super Bowl, the name Drew is sure to take off. Expectant moms and dads everywhere will be looking to impart some Drew Brees magic on their offspring.

 

Joseph St. John: A new way of doing business

Posted 2/6/2010 in Local Columns

Starting this month, the Columbus Police Department is putting a greater emphasis on serving outstanding warrants on subjects who are in violation of the law. This includes the numerous criminal warrants that have not been served and people who are in contempt of court in regard to unpaid fines.

 

Steve Mullen: Let them eat cake

Posted 2/3/2010 in Local Columns

Rep. Gary Chism told a story on a talk radio program a couple months ago, shortly after the governor released his proposed budget that called for The W to merge with Mississippi State University.

Birney Imes: The philosopher coach

Posted 1/30/2010 in Local Columns

John Cohen is equal parts baseball coach and philosopher. At least that’s the impression I got listening to him speak to the Starkville Rotary Club Monday.

Jay Lacklen: Every child left behind

Posted 1/28/2010 in Local Columns

In an effort to make successful students out of all children, the American education system is thwarting and inhibiting the majority of students who must carry the heavy burden of disruptive, malcontented, students who destroy classroom discipline.

Steve Mullen: Elected, appointed — or none at all?

Posted 1/27/2010 in Local Columns

We often find ourselves choosing sides. Dogs or cats. Coke or Pepsi. New Orleans or Indianapolis. Jay or Conan.

 

Local Voices: Keep MSMS and MSA separate

Posted 1/26/2010 in Local Columns

Regarding your “Local Voices: Surviving the Next Three Months” editorial of Jan. 24, I sent the below e-mail to each/every Mississippi State Senator/Representative who serve on their respective chamber Education committee. I am writing to you today concerning the potential move/merger of the Mississippi School for the Arts [MSA] and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science [MSMS]. I am writing as (1) a Mississippi resident and constituent, (2) a parent, and (3) a graduate of the Mississippi public school system.

 

Birney Imes: Surviving the next three months

Posted 1/23/2010 in Local Columns

When it comes to Mississippi University for Women and this legislative session, no news is good news. And according to two local legislators, that might well be the case.

Steve Mullen: For MUW students, tangible grief in cyberspace

Posted 1/20/2010 in Local Columns

The wildly popular film “Avatar” takes us to the fictional alien planet Pandora, a place where all the plants and animals are bound, synoptically, as if the planet forms a single brain. Essentially, a leaf doesn’t fall off a tree without the rest of the planet knowing about it. When an animal dies, it lives on — or at least its essence does, there for all the other creatures to plug in and relive its presence.

Birney Imes: Friday night on the town

Posted 1/16/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night was not one for counting flowers on the wall, smoking cigarettes or watching Captain Kangaroo.

Steve Mullen: So I’m not smarter than a fourth grader. So what?

Posted 1/13/2010 in Local Columns

We crossed another of those parenting milestones this week, and to our credit, we were smart enough to notice.

Birney Imes: Starry night

Posted 1/9/2010 in Local Columns

Forty years ago in Duluth, Minn., a 4-year-old boy and his family watched as Americans first landed on the moon. After that July afternoon in 1969, the boy, David Teske, would never quite be the same.

Bert Montgomery: Elvis’ birthday, No.8 and 42

Posted 1/8/2010 in Local Columns

Number 8. January 8, to be exact. It's Elvis' birthday. Number 8. Archie Manning wore the number 8 on his jersey. He is everyone's all-time favorite Saint. Speaking of the New Orleans Saints, at 13-3, they are undeniably one of the best teams in the NFL (so what if they lost these last three games?!) and are going into the playoffs. I'm pulling for them to make it into the Super Bowl.

Steve Mullen: A cold day for The W

Posted 1/6/2010 in Local Columns

It’s fitting that the Legislature is convening on what is predicted to be the coldest week of the year — maybe the coldest week in Mississippi ever.

Birney Imes: A New Year’s Eve blue moon

Posted 12/26/2009 in Local Columns

Google “Blue Moon” and the first things that show up are a beer company (must be 21 years or older to access this Web site), a Wikipedia entry and a drive-in theater in Guin, Ala. (now showing double features on two screens).

Steve Mullen: ’Twas the Night before Christmas (in Columbus)

Posted 12/23/2009 in Local Columns

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Columbus, Not a creature was stirring, not a possum among us. The stockings were hung by the Severstal stacks with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Birney Imes: Winter solstice

Posted 12/22/2009 in Local Columns

Had I remembered Monday was the winter solstice, I might have done something different than take a mid-afternoon stroll on the Riverwalk. Though, I’m not sure what that would have been. As far as I know, we have few practicing Pagans, Druids or anyone else in these parts who might be celebrating an event that has been observed through the millennia.

Jay Lacklen: Bomb run

Posted 12/21/2009 in Local Columns

When asked if I killed anyone during the Vietnam War, I have to answer that I don’t know. I may have, and probably did, since my B-52 bomber crew dropped several thousand pounds of bombs on the Cambodia jungle, but I will never actually know.

Birney Imes: The season of lights

Posted 12/19/2009 in Local Columns

“Walk slowly, I’ll catch up with you.” I had asked daughter Tanner if she wanted to walk and look at Christmas lights on Southside. First she had said no, then had a last minute change of heart and yelled to me as I walked out the door.

Bert Montgomery: Who Dat?!: (The ‘09 Saints and requiem for a joke)

Posted 12/18/2009 in Local Columns

The New Orleans Saints have a perfect record and are serious contenders for the Super Bowl.

 

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