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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.

Sheila Nasekos: Appreciates Newcomers' Orientation

I just wanted to thank all of the people who made the Newcomers' Orientation such a success.

 

Our opinon: Remember the real meaning of Memorial Day

Posted 5/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

But before we set off on our Memorial Day weekend, we should all pause to remember this number: 1,344,000.

 

 

Myra Ford: Remedy for Country Club's financial woes

I saw the article in the paper about the bankruptcy of the Country Club. I had some ideas to cook up some revenue for the club. Right now you are offering $35 for golfing fees.

 

 

Saul Vydas: Visiting the local animal shelter

A row of cages along a wall; Above ground coffins for them all.

 

 

Our View: Freshmen: Choose your major wisely--and buckle down

Posted 5/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A new crop of college graduates is entering the workforce. On their heels are a fresh crop of college freshmen.

 

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.

 

Our View: Search far and wide, not just close to home

Posted 5/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Change is afoot, and Columbus is facing some critical decisions that promise to shape the city, for better or worse, for years to come.

 

 

Pickett Wilson: Feels criticism is misplaced

In recent weeks, I have been the focus of criticism from the public and by the media regarding certain actions taken by the full membership of the Starkville School District Board of Trustees regarding leadership changes for our school system.

 

 

Our View: It's about time: The CVB needs an official attorney

Posted 5/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

They're not there yet. But they took a step in the right direction.

 

 

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.

 

Our opinion: What was the tourism board thinking?

Posted 5/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're not attorneys. But it doesn't take one to see that recent actions by the board were unethical, if not illegal. State law agrees.

 

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.

Jay Lacklen: Education's misdirected mission

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

Since the 1970s America has doubled its per capita education spending yet gained no increase in standardized test scores.

 

Our opinion: Tourism board's open meetings violations disturbing

Posted 5/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Where are our heroes in Lowndes County? We know there is a shortage of heroes on the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has made what appear to be some clear-cut violations of the state's Open Meetings Act.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Impressed with Liddell

I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the presentation of Dr. Martha Liddell mentioned in your article today.

 

 

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