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Susan T. Bell: Takes offense to thorn

I personally take offense to the "Thorn" you gave to the Caledonia Board of Alderman. You published your opinion about something you had no idea about. Yes, the board may have given a "cool" reception to the mayor's suggestion that he be chairman of the Christmas parade.



Ellender W. McClure: Saving the post office

In response to your editorial of Sept. 22 on "Save the Post Office" I wrote to the Washington office. Enclosed is both my letter and their response which gives the address to write concerning our post office.



Delores Belhumeur: Speaking out for the post office

Taking seriously the "Our View" in the "Opinion" section of the Dispatch of Sept. 22, 2011, I wrote the PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) to urge the saving of our downtown post office.



Gary L. Holtman: Fines as revenue

Wyatt Emmerich, in today's (Sept 28, 2011) Dispatch, spoke at length of the fact (and, yes, it certainly is fact) that many governmental agencies use fines of all sorts as a funding measure. Now, first of all, a fine is supposed to be used as a deterrent, never a money making deal. It does happen, however wrong it is.



Charles O. Perkins: Downtown parking

I still do not understand how an automobile can remain parked in front of my store on Main Street since early Saturday morning with only one ticket.



Leland James: Former Mayor disappointed in Sturgis Board of Alderman

During my tenure as mayor of Sturgis, former supervisor David Oswalt and myself procured grants and used county and city assets and Ralph Jackson's land donations to build a public park. This park has been open for ballgames, walking track, childrens playground, family reunions, political meetings, motorcycle rally. etc, and the soon to be go-cart races.



Selvain McQueen: Be Part of the Solution

Citizens, churches, neighborhood leaders, government officials, philanthropists, and educators must all pitch in with law enforcement to improve quality of life issues within the City of Columbus.



Cynthia Schafer: Concerns about PERS



Robert Ford: In support of Dolph Bryan



Eulalie Davis: Congratulations

The Council of Columbus Garden Clubs extends their congratulations to the recently appointed Director of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau, Nancy Carpenter.



Robert M. Ford: Time for a fresh approach

With the economy in question; heavy bond issues for the hospital; and needed school support, it was no surprise that an $8 million-plus bond issue for a new police building failed to pass.



Cameron Triplett: How long will our republic last?

In Thursday's edition Susan Estrich had an oped titled "Real change" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She doubts that a President McCain or VP Palin would have signed this legislation allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.



Benjamin D. Lang: 'Vote yes on Sept. 27'

I applaud this board of alderman for taking a patient and thoughtful approach in deciding how to build a new police station. No one has ever debated that we badly need to build a police station, but most in this community have strong feelings about how it should be built.



Jay D'Abramo: Starkville needs new police station

It's time for us to move forward and build a police station. For 10 years now we've battled each other as a community over questions like "where should it be?" and "how much should it cost?" These are fair questions to ask but not at the expense of being able to meet a need that is too obvious to ignore.



Cameron Triplett: Takes issue with mother's comment

In Sunday's reader comment section there were three comments on the bomb threats at local schools recently. A "sheatherly" needs a reality check, and as a former first responder, I would like to enlighten her.



Hillary Eddlemon: In defense of Tennessee Williams

In response to Mr. Duncan's letter ("Thinks Williams should be downplayed," Voice of the people, Sept. 8) and The Dispatch poll regarding Tennessee Williams, I would like to state my personal disbelief at the ignorance of a legendary author and playwright.



VIDEO: Reliving 9/11

The following is a selection of edited responses to our call for readers' recollections of Sept. 11, 2001. For space reasons, we were not able to print all of the submissions.



Deirdra Harris Glover: Remember by doing

I spent Sept. 11, 2001, as much of the world did: on the Internet, sharing in the global outpouring of shock and grief. I will never forget the juxtaposition of the ruined skyscrapers against an appalling blue sky. Americans of all backgrounds queued to give blood, to donate, to enlist in an imminent war. Others sought ways to serve at home through national service.



Wesley Duncan: Thinks Williams should be downplayed

I am a daily reader of The Dispatch. I am a Starkville native as well. For years, I have heard about Columbus being the birthplace of Tennessee Williams. I have never drawn an interest to finding out who he was until recently when I saw your frontpage headline with his picture.



Haley Salazar: Appreciate all who made primary elections a success

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had a part in conducting our primary elections in Lowndes County.



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