LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)

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Favors national health care

I’m in favor of a national health-care system (NHS) like Canada, France and England. Until we get the greedy and corrupt insurance companies out of the way, we are never going to have real health-care reform. We have insurance, but the out-of-pocket costs are taking money we could be using to eat healthier.

 

 

In defense of Obama

In reference to Raymond Gross’ letter to the editor, he says “Lots of people think that this President is taking this country in a wrong direction.” Let me remind him that lots of people voted for Obama; it’s called the majority.

 

 

A philosophical limerick

There have been many prophets who said “Believe and be raised from the dead.” Although it is quite clever To make us live forever, Could they not fix this world’s evils instead?

 

 

Roses and thorns 10/4/09

A rose to The Brickfire Project for bringing the Black Hills Festival back to Starkville after a decade, After a 10-year hiatus, the festival, held Saturday at J.L. King Memorial Park, again brought music, food and fun to the areas around the park, located off North Long Street.

 

 

Appalled by damage to campus landscaping

This morning as I drove onto campus, I was appalled at the condition of the green spaces on our campus. The green spaces that our campus is known for; the green spaces that prospective student and their parents talk about being one of the most beautiful they have visited. The pride and joy that many on this campus have worked hard to preserve (Remember the daffodils?)— destroyed!

 

 

New coin unacceptable

Today I received an e-mail from a friend of mine with a picture of the new one dollar coin with Washington's picture on it. No problem with that except it has the words "In God We Trust" missing from the coin. Most people if handed one of these for change are refusing to accept it. Way to go my people.

 

 

What happened to Sportsplex?

A few years ago the new director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority made a pitch to the city/county officials, that we need to invest in a “Sportsplex” complex for our youth. This complex would be a great asset for the city/county. It would bring in ASA and Dizzy Dean ball and much tax money. (And would not require additional alcohol sales!)

 

 

Salvation Army statistics

At a recent Interact meeting the speaker was Chief Joseph St. John. One of the things he said was that he as chief of the CPD was going to be concentrating on statistics.

 

 

In defense of Glenn Beck

I’m surprised our Dispatch editor printed Janice Floyd’s letter in Friday’s Voice. The writer was calling folks liars and racists who disagree with the backward policies of this president. I think the letter revealed more about the writer than anyone else. Why would the editor print something like that without specific examples and evidence to prove the accusations are true? Must have just overlooked it.

 

 

A picture that reflects the heartbeat of a family

The picture of the rainbow and old Gerhart dairy barn and farm is so much more than just a picture that catches your breath. Kelly (Tippett), you captured the heartbeat of six generations of a family that lived, were born and raised in the original homeplace built in 1920, worked and played in that barn and surrounding pasture and who tread this same prairie soil today.

 

 

Thinks Tea Party movement misguided

Mr. (Randolph) Lipscomb says the goal of the local and national Tea Party is to kick the bums out of the Congress. We did that this past November. I noticed the group stopped short of endorsing candidates to replace the pork barrel politicians. When Glen Beck was on CNN, he said, “Chad Cochran took $653 million out of that barrel of pork.” During the program someone from Cochran’s office called and informed Beck that Cochran’s name was Thad and not Chad. Then Beck said, “I don’t care if his name is Thad or Chad” with such anger in his voice you could see the veins popping out of the side of his neck. Beck said, “I just want people to know that he got that much money.” If we do away with the pork barrel our state will miss it and we certainly need it.

 

 

Disagree with column

Your paper is getting better with each issue. I really like the give and take of the 1. Political cartoons 2. Opinions of other editors 3. E-mails 4. Letters to editor.

 

 

Beautiful picture

We are all quick enough to complain when we don't like something, but we seldom take five minutes to say thanks when something suits us.

 

 

Alcohol in Columbus

I see no way a person who has a personal relationship with God can vote for alcohol sales in his city or county! If you need more money, raise taxes, cut out new vehicles, turn your lights off, turn your A/C and heat down and slow your city/county vehicles down. You can do all of the city/county business by slowing your vehicles down 5 MPH below the posted speed limit.

 

 

Free curbside recycling

This is a great month for the city of Starkville. After months and years of deliberation and public debate, curbside recycling is now available for the citizens of Starkville. Residents of single family households will be able to sign up for curbside pickup with either their utility bill or driver's license showing a proof of that household's commitment. The cost to the citizens? Nothing! It is a free service provided by the city, the Sanitation Department, and Starkville Recycling.

 

 

Religious differences

Bert Montgomery wrote ("Singing ‘Father Abraham’", Sept. 14, 2009) of a gathering he attended on Sept. 10 at Mississippi State’s campus, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews met to discuss their respective faiths. He wrote that he was thankful that the night was peaceful and the participants were respectful of one another.

 

 

Thanks

A big ‘thank you’ to the Cadence Bank employees, led by Tom Green, who painted the exterior of Greater Columbus Learning Center, in the rain, last Thursday, Sept. 10.

 

 

Flooding in Burns Bottom not the big problem it once was

I have been reading for a long time about the Burns Bottom issue for soccer fields. Some believe that since it is located in a flood zone it is in an inappropriate location. As a person with a background in emergency planning with mitigation knowledge, it is suggested to develop such areas for communities for recreational use and buffer flood zones. The county and the city could look into the land fund mitigation for flood zones there is moneys for development.

 

 

Enthusiastic about charrette presentation

I encourage everyone who has not yet seen the presentation from the recent charrette to view it on-line. It is a fantastic plan for what can be done in Columbus and it is based on what has already been done in so many cities around the country that we often admire and enjoy in our travels.

 

 

Fragile egos

The best thing voters in the Columbus/Lowndes County area can do is get rid of the racist big dogs with fragile egos just begging to be bruised so a tantrum can be thrown. Columbus and Lowndes County will continue to suffer as long as these spoiled children are in office.

 

 

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