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Out-of-town guests

Posted 7/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A visit yesterday from a delegation from Guntersville, Ala., only served to remind us of the many assets of this place many of us call home. The group, comprised of public officials and involved citizens, spent a day in Columbus on a fact-finding exchange.



‘$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.


Steve Mullen: Tax holiday not perfect, but it’s a start

Posted 7/22/2009 in Local Columns

Happy holiday! The Second Most Wonderful Time of the Year — the Legislature-imposed sales tax holiday — will be upon us in nine short days, and yes, like an eager little kid, I’m counting the days. From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 1, I’ll be able to waltz into any five-and-dime or mega-mart in the state and buy some school supplies without having to pony up a single penny to the state Tax Commission.

Roses and thorns 7-19-09

Posted 7/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Federal Program and Inspections Director George Irby, person or persons who have been passing fake $100 bills throughout the Golden Triangle, Columbus Municipal School District, and organizers of the Columbus War Museum.

Birney Imes: Prickly ash bark, bear traps and Martha Stewart

Posted 7/18/2009 in Local Columns

Years ago, on a walk in the woods with Kerry Pittman, we came upon a tree with spikey knotty bark. Kerry pulled out a large folding knife, expertly cut a piece of the bark and handed it to me.  ”Here, chew this,” he said. As I did, I felt my mouth go numb. “Toothache tree,” he said.


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.



Scottie D.: Remembering Donna

Posted 7/16/2009 in Local Columns

As a former Radio and TV journalist I thought I had become inured to the tragedies that befall us as humans; with the death of Donna Blakney, I learned otherwise.


Steve Mullen: For MUW, a Sallie Reneau-sized task

Posted 7/15/2009 in Local Columns

Where's Sallie Reneau when you need her? Reneau was possibly the most persuasive woman Mississippian of her day. In 1856, at age 18, she convinced Mississippi's governor and legislature to charter a state university for women -- never mind that such a thing had never been done before, in any state. Now, Reneau's own name is on a very short list of proposed new names for the Mississippi University for Women.


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.”



Carol Littlejohn: Lucky

Posted 7/13/2009 in Local Columns

Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that more and more friends are leaving this earth? Two people that were long time friends of mine died this past two weeks and I find myself, yet again, thinking, “I cannot believe they are gone.” Gen Colvin Bennett and Carl Jaynes were not the closest friends I have, but they shared some of my days, some long ago and some recent. It seems that “puff” and they were gone.


Roses and thorns 7-12-09

Posted 7/11/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Nationals 10-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, Lowndes County nonprofit agencies and their volunteers, and Starkville developers Jeremy Tabor and Dan Curran

Birney Imes: A Friday evening in July

Posted 7/11/2009 in Local Columns

Pick an evening, say a Friday in July. Call a friend at 6 and ask him if he wants to meet you and your wife for Mexican food. He's single, an empty nester of sorts and is delighted. On the way in the restaurant, you run into a couple who is there for the 89th birthday of an uncle. (Happy birthday, Jim Ford).


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.




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.



One step forward, two steps back

Posted 7/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you’re planning to watch the broadcast of the Lowndes County Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, let us warn you; it’s not a pretty sight. In a production that more resembles a badly acted high school drama than a meeting of elected officials, Harry Sanders plays the role of a school-yard bully; a wronged Leroy Brooks becomes the class loudmouth; Frank Ferguson and John Holliman are spineless turncoats and Jeff Smith is the well-meaning but unsuccessful peacemaker.


Steve Mullen: The Incredible Shrinking Columbus

Posted 7/8/2009 in Local Columns

The Golden Triangle has a new big brother. Starkville is now more populous than Columbus, according to Census figures released last week.

Roses and thorns 7/5/09

Posted 7/5/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A full bouquet of roses to the men and women of the armed services serving at home and abroad on this Independence Day weekend.

Birney Imes: The quest for unity

Posted 7/5/2009 in Local Columns

Someone said the huge flag came from the Marble Works. It made a fine backdrop for the swearing in of seven men we’ve chosen to guide our city these next four years.


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.



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