LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)

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Apologizing isn’t enough

Thank you, Charlie Box, for making the motion before the City Council to reprimand Mayor Smith and Councilman Karriem for their embarrassing behavior last week. It is a small step toward reversing the bad publicity our city has received.

 

 

Airing ‘dirty laundry’

Re: Steve Mullen’s column, “Pardon our progress …” As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I took offense to your article where you clearly pointed out some of the biggest flaws of Columbus.

 

 

Childhood diet and breast cancer

I was saddened to hear that tennis star Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I’m so glad she has an excellent prognosis.

 

 

Belk Spring Charity Sale

Belk’s Charity Sale on May 1 from 6-10 a.m. will once again benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area, including Mississippi.

 

 

The Pope’s apology

Re: Sinead O’Connor’s April 2, 2010, column “The Pope's Apology” (p. 5A). “During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out ‘Your Eminence are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?’”

 

 

Bad news travels fast

On Saturday, my husband was sitting at a local tire store in Tennessee. While waiting a man and his wife came in off the interstate with tire problems. The man started a conversation about their trip to Columbus. My husband and I are both from Columbus so what were the odds?

 

 

Appreciates Robert Smith

It was amazing to get texts and calls in my present location of Northern Virginia about my mayor being arrested for assault. Yes I say my mayor because no matter where I am in this world Columbus is home, that is where my heart and soul reside.

 

 

Stranger and stranger

Ah, our local leaders (past and present). Isn’t it bad enough that we have to put up with the childish behavior and antics of Leroy Brooks and the criminal actions of Kamal Karriem and Jim Terry? Now it’s Robert Smith and Kabir Karriem!

 

 

Women needed in city hall

I think it was president Harry Truman who said "If you can't stand the heat—get out of the kitchen." It seems some of our elected officials continue to behave in an uncivilized manner and bring shame on our city. With the Internet being worldwide, I can just imagine how captains of industry are wondering about selecting our area for economic development about now.

 

 

Supports Nunnelee

The health care bill that President Obama just signed into law is a monstrosity that raises taxes, increases government spending at times when we are already deep in debt, and mandates unprecedented government intrusion into our lives. The new law is nothing short of a complete government takeover of our health care system, which comprises nearly one sixth of our economy.

 

 

Understanding hospice

I just want to address some of the misconceptions about hospice care.

 

 

Alarmed and angry

The Democratic Congressional leadership and the president have just adopted legislation against the will of the majority of the American people that will increase an already hemorrhaging budget deficit and will amount to the beginning of socialized medicine in America. President Obama had repeatedly made campaign promises that he would change the political climate and that it would not be “politics as usual” in Washington. He has made good on his promises. His politics are much worse.

 

 

Three ways to improve health care

The health care reform debate has gripped the public's attention. Some people like the reform, others dislike it because it either does too much or not enough. In my opinion, this reform is way too broad and sweeping to really do what people expect or want it to do. Instead of a massive bill, I have a simple, three step plan to correct health care in the United States.

 

 

Lost jobs and the federal government

Mr. James Hunt seems to have done some cogitating on the job situation at The W and elsewhere. Years ago, when NAFTA was proposed and became law, I (and probably hundreds of others) saw jobs moving overseas/out of the country. The only end result could be people out of work which leads to a recession, or depression if you are one of those out of work.

 

 

Nathan Bedford Forrest in West Point

To Steve Mullen re: What would Ulysses do? You said in this column that you imagine S. D. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest rode their mounted soldiers through at some point. (Highway 45A near the Clay County line) Forrest certainly did.

 

 

Board President Leroy Brooks

Kinda has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? After 20-plus years as a Lowndes County Supervisor, he deserves it! Why not vote for Mr. Brooks to be the new president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors? Mr. Brooks should demand that he be voted in as the new president! If they don’t vote for him as Board president, then he should sue (then settle for a raise and a chunk of cash).

 

 

Concerned about health care reform gridlock

I want to express my concern that progress on health care reform has stalled. If we let Washington gridlock take over, millions of Americans will still be denied affordable care by insurance companies because of their age or their medical history.

 

 

Encouraged by dialogue spawned by uniform debate

I am saddened to read some of the online posts in response to the article in the Dispatch today about the open forum in Starkville.

 

 

Thinks school uniform debate misguided

I wanted to thank The Dispatch for its coverage of the current Starkville School District uniform debate. It has turned out to be a sensitive issue in the community. I can honestly say, it has made me and many other parents realize we need to be paying better attention to what is happening in our own backyard — and this means attention to bigger issues than uniforms. I thought I was doing enough by helping out in my son’s class when needed, participating in fundraisers, etc., but I was wrong, and I am embarrassed by my lack of involvement.

 

 

Let them eat cake

Steve Mullen (in his Wednesday column) finds it odd that MUW Alumnae send cakes to Mississippi legislators, and he wonders what the secret ingredient might be.

 

 

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