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Letter: Thankful for new park

The impact of the community park and recreational area located on Shady Lane will provide a safety and community-based location for the adults as well as the youth in the surrounding area.

 

Steve Mullen: The oil has shown up. Who else will?

Posted 6/9/2010 in Local Columns

Much of the news swirling around BP's oil spill of late is about who and what has shown up, and who and what hasn't.

 

Thinks Omnova strikers unreasonable

Ethel et al. (The writer is referring to online bloggers. ed.) seem to think that Omnova exists just to give them a paycheck just because "I've been here 30 years and they can't cut my salary or benefits. Boo hoo.

 

Roses and thorns 6-6-2010

Posted 6/6/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to those who turned out to vote in the Republican primary. Low voter turnout was expected, and, unfortunately, voters delivered on that prediction.

 

Letters: The Legend of John Thomas A.k.a--BB--The Sheriff of Seventh Avenue

As we remember this man of our time -- husband, father, and friend.

 

Birney Imes: Sticky business

Posted 6/6/2010 in Local Columns

By the time you read this -- assuming you're reading the print edition on the day it is published -- I'll be in the middle of a heist.

Garthia Elena Burnett: Making sense of the world through poetry

Posted 6/4/2010 in Local Columns

A coworker challenged me once, to write a poem every day of the year. Though I tried mightily, I didn't quite make it. But it was a lesson in self discovery.

 

Starkville Now: Developer can be a dirty word (link)

Posted 6/4/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

Blame it on parenting, not guns

Kamal Karriem says that Columbus has a "gun problem." That is the typical short-sighted liberal Democrat spin on the problem.

 

 

Peter Imes: Five rules every Internet user should follow

Posted 6/3/2010 in Local Columns

Last week it was reported that a Utah woman is suing the software company, Google, for $100,000 because she was hit by a car after following directions provided by the company's Google Maps service.

 

Steve Mullen: The Y pool experience, without the Nehi

Posted 6/2/2010 in Local Columns

A kid shouldn't be forced to make it through summer without access to a body of water. In "Caddyshack," Chevy Chase said he had pool and a pond. Either would be good for the kids. But we have neither, so we had to go looking.

 

Get out and vote Tuesday

Posted 5/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

There's only one race on Tuesday's Republican primary ballot -- but its outcome could be felt in north Mississippi for years to come.

 

 

A mother remembers

To many, Memorial Day is just another day off from work, a time to have a picnic with family and friends and a time to enjoy a long weekend. What lies behind Memorial Day is another thing, though. The holiday is a time for us to commemorate the lives of those who died in military service, protecting our American freedom.

 

 

Allegra Brigham, the right choice for MUW

Posted 5/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It would be hard to find someone better suited than Allegra Brigham to serve as interim president of Mississippi University for Women.

 

Roses and Thorns 5-30-10

Posted 5/29/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Michael Carr and Jameika Hoskins; Dr. Claudia Limbert; Stephen Cunetto

 

Setting the record straight

Last Sunday's Commercial Dispatch contained an article regarding the disposition of cases in the Lowndes County Circuit Court, wherein a Carl A. Lee was listed as having been sentenced for false pretense. This

 

 

Remembering Lee High

I felt a pang of sadness or regret -- or perhaps nostalgia -- when I read that Lee High School is going to be shuttered. I was a member of the class of 1992, the final class to graduate from the school before its consolidation with Caldwell.

 

Birney Imes: Blues travelers

Posted 5/29/2010 in Local Columns

"Much obliged." It was an expression I heard my father often use. Friday afternoon I heard the term directed toward Andrew Murphy, a barista at Kudo's coffee shop. It came from a bent, elderly gentleman nattily attired in seersucker pants, a white knit polo shirt and gray New Balance running shoes.

 

A town with much to celebrate

The following e-mail comes from Jim Neely of Columbus. Neely's daughter, Paula Krantz, who lives in Los Angeles, sent to friends and relatives. Most of you know I am from Mississippi, but not all of you know I am from the city of Columbus. I want to share with you some historical information about my hometown and its relation to this upcoming holiday, Memorial Day.

 

Jay Lacklen: Vietnam veterans

Posted 5/28/2010 in Local Columns

I recently attended a book signing in Oxford by Karl Marlantes, author of current Vietnam novel "Matterhorn" that graphically displays the personal horror and uncomfortable ennui of that war, a war we both sought out.

 

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