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Can’t see reason not to consider Burns Bottom

I may have missed something but I have yet to see any real reason to not consider Burns Bottom for the location of the sportsplex. I have seen flooding as a reason. The problem with that idea is, I have lived here in Burns Bottom since 1992 and have never had my home here on Third Street threatened by flood waters.

 

 

‘For women and men’

Sixty years ago MSCW’s Class of ‘49 graduated in early June. As freshmen in September ‘45, we were the largest class ever—over 500 strong.

 

 

Pathetic positions

Last night’s front page featured our supervisors giving their various positions on the Burns Bottom location for the development of soccer fields. The strongest in favor of the site came from Mr. Sanders whose opinion was that he could think of “no better use for the land.”

 

 

‘$7 million fiasco’

Given the abundance of national news about health care reform, Mississippians may have failed to notice Governor Barbour’s “reform” in their own backyard. He vetoed $7 million that the state would normally provide to community mental health centers to match federal Medicaid funds.

 

 

Supervisor appointments

The Lowndes County Supervisor board meeting, July 7, 2009, was the first supervisor board meeting I have ever watched. As a citizen of Lowndes county, I guess I need a “thorn” for not keeping up with current affairs. Never the less, I find myself in disagreement with many of the assessments of various commentators on this meeting and the state of affairs related to our supervisors.

 

 

Supports Sarah

Thanks again for The Dispatch, a fine paper that allows freedom of speech (one of our most sacred rights) of both the left and right. Re: Kathleen Parker’s article “A League of Her Own” Yes, you are absolutely correct in this idea. Sarah Palin (I still have two Palin campaign signs in my yard and will keep them there as she leads us out of this encroaching governmental tyranny.) is a courageous Christian patriot that God has called for these dangerous “Last Days.”

 

 

Leroy Brooks

Just how much and for how long are we (Lowndes County residents) going to have to endure the rantings of this idiot? This “gentleman” is an elected official, yet his rants remind me of a spoiled 5-year-old that still wants a bottle.

 

 

Spineless

What is spineless? Spineless could be a little man working at a shrinking newspaper who writes articles about what he thinks happened at a place he was not present. Of what people said that he was not there to hear. About the feelings he felt at a function he did not attend.

 

 

A captive audience

What choice do we have? All residents of Columbus have to budget in these trying times. Do we need to drive to West Point, Starkville, Tupelo, or Tuscaloosa to purchase cheaper gas? Let's do the math, gas is $2.56 a gallon. Depending on the type car we drive, our mileage could be anywhere from 15- to 30-plus miles per gallon. And our cars fuel capacity is 12 to 20 or more gallons per vehicle.

 

 

A good feeling

Who said we do not have good race relations in this section of the country? Let me tell everyone we do.

 

 

Peas and carrots, religion and politics

My hero, Forrest Gump, liked to say that some things go together like “peas and carrots." Now of course some persons like peas mixed with carrots and some do not. Politics and religion go together like peas and carrots. Some claim that they are separate and some do not. In our country we like to mix our peas and carrots, our religion and politics, when it is convenient and keep them separate when it best serves the interest of the organization.

 

 

A good feeling

Who said we do not have good race relations in this section of the country? Let me tell everyone we do.

 

 

Peas and carrots, religion and politics

My hero, Forrest Gump, liked to say that some things go together like “peas and carrots." Now of course some persons like peas mixed with carrots and some do not. Politics and religion go together like peas and carrots. Some claim that they are separate and some do not.

 

 

A captive audience

What choice do we have? All residents of Columbus have to budget in these trying times. Do we need to drive to West Point, Starkville, Tupelo, or Tuscaloosa to purchase cheaper gas?

 

 

A Christian nation

Was Barrack H. Obama bragging about one of his changes when he told the world that we are no longer a Christian nation? Sounded that way to me. Don’t you think he was speaking mainly for himself, his administration and most of the Dems who have been in control of our Congress and Senate since 2006? Surely not speaking about the hard working taxpayers of our country.

 

 

Unity picnic and memories of Dr. Stringer

I was glad to see the publicity about the Unity picnic scheduled for next Saturday afternoon, although it is not our city's first such event.

 

 

Two huge oaks

In the beautiful great forest of Lowndes County — two huge oaks fell just recently — Fred Jones and Charles Younger. May God bless their families.

 

 

Follow the money?

I have been reading the comments regarding the Burns Bottom “sportsplex” with interest, some amusement, and much aggravation. I am reminded of a tale I heard/read many years ago regarding an influential and wealthy State Senator from Columbus. I hope my memory serves me well here.

 

 

Stacy Hester

One could write about Stacy Hester until the arm ached, and apparently some have. But let me be very brief. In fact, let’s put this in Barney Fife format:

 

 

‘An awful idea’

Building a sports complex in Burns Bottom is an awful idea. What happens when downtown needs to expand? Burns Bottom would be an ideal location of adding shops, apartments, restaurants, etc. to the downtown landscape. Six measly soccer/football fields would take away expansion needs from downtown, but at the same time, as the city of Columbus grows, the sportsplex will eventually need to also.

 

 

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