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Bert Montgomery: ‘The ‘Neau’ will always be ‘The W’ to me

Posted 8/15/2009 in Local Columns

My cousin, Jenene, is joining the faculty of the University of Illinois at Springfield. She tells people she graduated from “The W,” which is and shall always be, true. But when people try to look up “The W” from now on, they’ll have a hard time finding it.

 

Backing into Burns Bottom

Posted 8/15/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Before more money, time and energy are spent vetting site for soccer park, questions need to be answered first When asked about the Columbus Country Club’s offer of land for the city and county soccer field plan last week, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders made an interesting comment: “Unless something comes along that prevents us from getting the Burns Bottom land, I would say we are pretty much committed to it.” Sanders is certainly committed to Burns Bottom as the location for soccer fields.

 

 

Time for more progressive leadership

Having read the story about the Columbus Country Club offering the nine holes on Military Road for the soccer complex, I have these thoughts. I applaud their offer and I hope the finances can be worked out because this is the best location for all and like the others, is much more desirable than Burns Bottom. I have reviewed the park Internet sites for both Tupelo and Starkville and Tupelo has 15 fields and Starkville has seven fields.

 

 

A new possibility: Country Club’s offer adds new twist to search for soccer park site

Posted 8/13/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A new wrinkle has been thrown into the debate over the best location for a Columbus soccer field complex, with the Columbus Country Club’s offer to the county to sell its back nine holes — land amounting to between 65-70 acres — to the county for the project.

 

 

Why 50th?

I'd like to suggest you have John Coffey give us his estimation of why Mississippi is the 50th ranked state in many crucial measurements.

 

 

Seven day sales and public safety

In the debate of the sale of alcohol, ensuring public safety should be a point which must not be taken lightly. In reviewing the data available as well as reviewing historical evidence and perspectives from neighboring communities, it is clear that relaxing the restrictions on alcohol sales does not pose an increased threat to the public and there is evidence that less stringent regulation may reduce risk.

 

 

Culture of fear

The fear-mongering tactics employed by certain opponents of the proposed amendments to the alcohol ordinance are baseless and offensive. Starkville presently enjoys alcohol sales six days of the week. The idea that public health, safety, and welfare are endangered by an increase in the ability to purchase and responsibly consume alcohol on an additional day is completely unsubstantiated.

 

 

University Columbus

I’ll start with an apology for being so late. May I propose “ University Columbus” as the future name for our local university.

 

Steve Mullen: Squeaky wheels — or worst of the cart?

Posted 8/12/2009 in Local Columns

One thing can be said about the health care debate: Watching it makes me ill. While I’ve tried to read up, I’m no expert. Another disclaimer: I’m a middle-of-the-road guy as far as politics are concerned — I tend to like things that politicians in each party say from time to time.

 

Bravos for Claudia and Sallie

Posted 8/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Two people received standing ovations at MUW’s convocation Monday morning, both of them well deserved: Sallie Reneau and Claudia Limbert.

 

 

Reneau University

Posted 8/10/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The saga to find a new name for Mississippi University for Women enters a new phase today. With this morning's announcement by MUW President Claudia Limbert that the campus choice is Reneau University, the rough and tumble business of selling it to the IHL Board, Legislature and alumni begins.

 

 

'Men with ballast and women whose hair is not blue ...'

One of the first steps in promoting unity and harmony where differences and controversy exists is to find "common ground." Something that both sides can agree to. In the MUW name change conflict, there is one element that most thinking, caring friends of The W should be able to endorse. That is: We all want to see the university survive and once again thrive.

 

Bert Montgomery: Holy heath care!

Posted 8/10/2009 in Local Columns

I write from a perspective of faith. Sometimes I write in broad, general terms, but today I am writing to all in the Golden Triangle region who identify themselves as Christians. To the pastors and teachers, bishops and priests, deacons and elders, and to all who enter church doors week after week, let us affirm a common belief: Each and every person is created in the image of God.

Roses and thorns 8/9/09

Posted 8/8/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the town of Caledonia, which rebounded from a devastating tornado in January 2008 in a big way this week: Students returning to classes found themselves inside a new gym and Allied Health and Trades building.

 

‘Limbert’s folly’

What’s in a name? A lot. It is who and what you are. When Claudia Limbert became President of Mississippi University for Women, it was a vibrant, cutting edge, small state supported school for both men and women.

 

 

A heavy heart

 

Birney Imes: Embracing name change

Posted 8/8/2009 in Local Columns

Tomorrow on the campus of Mississippi University for Women an unveiling of sorts will take place. At a convocation service Monday morning MUW President Claudia Limbert is going to announce the school's new name. Well, sort of, more like the hoped-for new name. The name Limbert will offer -- decided after innumerable campus meetings, focus groups, marketing studies and much spirited debate in these and other opinion pages -- is being touted as the choice of the campus community. But, as Limbert has said, this is a state issue, not a campus issue.

 

Horror flick

Thanks again for your fair and balanced paper. I really enjoy it. I feel that the left-leaning columnists are balanced by the Web site e-mails and letters to the editor. Also, the mini news articles on the national and world scenes make for an excellent paper.

 

 

Ward 5 concerns

It has probably been puzzling to most people why there is a backlog of work in our city. For instance, why is it taking so long to fill pot holes in our streets? To name a few, 15th Avenue North, Eighth Street North and Eighth Avenue North.

 

Unhappy with cartoon

When I could believe what I saw first I was shocked, second I was angry, third I decided never to purchase your newspaper again and also stop shopping in Columbus.

 

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