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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."

Birney Imes: One man's story

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

On a recent Friday afternoon while buying a watermelon at a fruit stand across the street from United Deli on Gardner Boulevard, I met a man who told me something about my father I never knew. The man now owns a golf course, but he came to know my father when he was a teenager working as a carhop at a place across the river called The Coffee Cup.

Ask Rufus: The evolution of barbecue

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

The early history of barbecue sauce is as cloudy as the sauce itself.

Scott Colom: Make sure whipping comes with a positive message

Posted 6/22/2011 in Local Columns

Nothing will get you laughed out of a barbershop quicker in Columbus than suggesting parents should think twice before beating their children. I discovered this several months ago when I tried this argument with my longtime barber, Bobby Jordan.

Shannon Bardwell: Learning to trust

Posted 6/20/2011 in Local Columns

Sam and I invited a friend, his wife and their grandson for an afternoon on the river. The young man suited up in his life jacket. He donned his new reflective shades purchased moments before at the Shell station. All was going well as we launched the boat at Charles Younger Landing, until it was time to board.

Ask Rufus: A slue of information about Mississippi swamps

Posted 6/18/2011 in Local Columns

People have asked what is the difference between a swamp, a slue and a bayou. To be precise, not much.

Birney Imes: A spoonful of honey

Posted 6/18/2011 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon a friend from childhood rode with me to the West Point Farmers' Market. He's a journalism professor in a highly respected program at a school in the Midwest and was back in Mississippi to attend the 100th-year celebration at Ole Miss of The Daily Mississippian, a paper he edited while in college.

Scott Colom: Why anonymous commentators are good for us

Posted 6/15/2011 in Local Columns

The comments after articles on The Commercial Dispatch website sometimes feel like a virtual battlefield. Anonymous commentators hide in the bunkers, waiting to fire bullets about topics like the CVB or the public schools.

Birney Imes: Local politics: Why you should care

Posted 6/11/2011 in Local Columns

Take away family, friends and candidates and you might have had a handful of people at Thursday's political forum put on by the Columbus-Lowndes Voters League. Why there weren't more folks there, I haven't a clue.


Steve Mullen: A new chapter and verse, in Oxford

Posted 6/9/2011 in Local Columns

The move is decidedly Mississippian, done in a Mississippi way: Boxes and belongings lashed to the back of a borrowed pickup snaking down two-lane highways, passing Una and Egypt and Okolona, dodging slow-moving tractors and roadkill.


Jay Lacklen: Vacation revelations

Posted 6/7/2011 in Local Columns

A May vacation to Spain via military space-available transportation presented two revelations I had not anticipated or sought. I thought relaxation and sightseeing would be my most stringent tasks, yet events impinged.

Scott Colom: Keep children active during summer months

Posted 6/1/2011 in Local Columns

Scrolling through the homepage for my Facebook account this morning, a post by Judge Nicole Clinkscales caught my attention.

Birney Imes: Inside the mind of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

Each year the U.S. Air Force gathers its best and brightest mid-level officers and sends them to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL., for what is called War College. There for 10 months these future military leaders, most of whom are seasoned warriors, turn their attention from suicide bombers, laser-guided missiles and helicopter rescues to matters of policy.

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day and the legacy of Dr. William Sykes

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.

Scott Colom: Drug court helps taxpayers, society

Posted 5/25/2011 in Local Columns

Last week, Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard presented plans for a drug court in Judicial District 16, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Clay counties. Drug court allows drug addicts and abusers (not dealers) to receive rehabilitative services instead of prison time.


Ask Rufus: Turkish corners

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

When talking to people in the decorative arts field, I have been surprised at how little is known about Turkish corners.


Shannon Bardwell: Annie, get your guns

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors might think, but not much. I needed Sam quick while he was mowing the dam on the other side of the lake, so I ran to the house and grabbed two guns, a .22 and a .30-06.

Scott Colom: Redistricting questions still unanswered

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

After months of endless debate, newspaper stories, partisan bickering and lawsuits, the United States District Courts were suppose to resolve the redistricting battle for the 2011 elections.


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