Leonard Pitts, I read with interest your column "The Hidden Cost of War" in the Thursday Jan. 19 Commercial Dispatch. As usual, you presented a thoughtful, thought-provoking view of a controversial subject.
I, as Mayor, and the City Council are very concerned about the burglaries, home invasions, larceny, theft, illegal use of drugs and homicides that have occurred in the past four to five months.
I grew frustrated reading Birney Imes' Saturday rant about the Iraq war. My frustration resulted from Mr. Imes' repetition of the empty assertion that the Iraq war was a pointless endeavor. It seems obvious to me that a cursory examination of the state of the world 10 years ago and a comparison to today would lead anyone to at least acknowledge that some positive changes in the world have resulted from our Iraq efforts.
Santa has finished with his annual checklist. Now it's time we make ours. As the year winds down, there's still plenty to do before we ring in a new year. The website Money Talks News offers "13 Smart Things to Do Before Year-end."
Dear Mr. Imes, I just finished reading your article, "The spirit of Christmas lights" in today's paper. I always read and enjoy your articles. However, today I was disappointed by a remark that a friend of yours made about the lights on the house across from (and what will be again) Cal-City Grocery in Caledonia. Your friend thinks the display of lights is "ridiculous." I imagine there may be others that feels the same way your friend feels.
You could tell by the candidate from Washington and the one from Chicago was not going anywhere. Washington candidate talked all about himself and the candidate from Chicago could not hear or understand the questions asked.
I'm a conservative first with libertarian leanings and a little bit of liberal in me. Robert Koehler's column "Public Enemy No. 1" (in Tuesday's Dispatch) was very interesting. I grew up being taught the evils of marijuana and other "recreational" drugs. I still wish people wouldn't destroy their and others' lives with drugs, especially addictive ones. It is a dead-end road.
The televised interviews for the position of Columbus police chief will be rebroadcast on Channel 3 on CableOne the next three nights beginning at 6.
Listening to the interviews for police chief of Columbus was such a wonderful experience.
I would like a Rose to The Dispatch for featuring the Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th story.
My part-time job as educational consultant in several states lets me see and experience every type of teaching situation imaginable. Often it's not so good. Oh, the stories I could tell.
I would like to challenge every parent or grandparent in the Golden Triangle to look deeply into the eyes of their children and grandchildren.
After reading what Republican Congressman Alan Nunnelee said to the Columbus Rotary Club this week (11/22/2011), one wonders if these leaders of ours have ever read a book that wasn't required reading. The case in point here is Nunnelee's belief, and a standard Republican talking point, that "governments do not create jobs" (quoting the news article which presumably quoted him).
The elections are over and as always we have winners and losers. To those who won and will serve our community for the next four years I congratulate you on your victory and wish you well. To those who were defeated I want to thank you for your willingness to serve and hope that this will not discourage you from seeking public office in the future.