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In defense of Glenn Beck

I’m surprised our Dispatch editor printed Janice Floyd’s letter in Friday’s Voice. The writer was calling folks liars and racists who disagree with the backward policies of this president. I think the letter revealed more about the writer than anyone else. Why would the editor print something like that without specific examples and evidence to prove the accusations are true? Must have just overlooked it.

 

Birney Imes: Market conversations

Posted 9/26/2009 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Gordon Parker leaned against a battered blue pickup truck loaded with Vardaman sweet potatoes. Parker, a truck farmer who lives in Hamilton, grows peas, tomatoes, okra, corn, butter beans and two types of pole beans, Louisiana purple pod and rattlesnake, which he sells at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market.

 

A picture that reflects the heartbeat of a family

The picture of the rainbow and old Gerhart dairy barn and farm is so much more than just a picture that catches your breath. Kelly (Tippett), you captured the heartbeat of six generations of a family that lived, were born and raised in the original homeplace built in 1920, worked and played in that barn and surrounding pasture and who tread this same prairie soil today.

 

 

Thinks Tea Party movement misguided

Mr. (Randolph) Lipscomb says the goal of the local and national Tea Party is to kick the bums out of the Congress. We did that this past November. I noticed the group stopped short of endorsing candidates to replace the pork barrel politicians. When Glen Beck was on CNN, he said, “Chad Cochran took $653 million out of that barrel of pork.” During the program someone from Cochran’s office called and informed Beck that Cochran’s name was Thad and not Chad. Then Beck said, “I don’t care if his name is Thad or Chad” with such anger in his voice you could see the veins popping out of the side of his neck. Beck said, “I just want people to know that he got that much money.” If we do away with the pork barrel our state will miss it and we certainly need it.

 

 

Disagree with column

Your paper is getting better with each issue. I really like the give and take of the 1. Political cartoons 2. Opinions of other editors 3. E-mails 4. Letters to editor.

 

 

Beautiful picture

We are all quick enough to complain when we don't like something, but we seldom take five minutes to say thanks when something suits us.

 

 

Alcohol in Columbus

I see no way a person who has a personal relationship with God can vote for alcohol sales in his city or county! If you need more money, raise taxes, cut out new vehicles, turn your lights off, turn your A/C and heat down and slow your city/county vehicles down. You can do all of the city/county business by slowing your vehicles down 5 MPH below the posted speed limit.

 

Steve Mullen: Water, and lots of it

Posted 9/23/2009 in Local Columns

I’m starting to understand how people in Seattle must feel. The rain is here, and it won’t go away. When is the last time we had a clear day, sunup to sunup? At this point, it seems days like that never existed. Somewhere, children are gathered around a rocking chair as Grandpa spins a tall tale about how he once left his car sunroof open overnight, and nothing happened.

Bert Montgomery: Get your cowbells ready, 'cause here come the Tigers

Posted 9/22/2009 in Local Columns

“I hate LSU!” These may very well be some of the very first words I ever heard. Still today, if you ever meet my parents (especially my mother), you'll hear them, too.

Roses and thorns 9-20-09

Posted 9/20/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Lowndes County supervisors, Columbus City Council and Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority; Columbus-Lowndes Development Link; Penny Bowen; and Heritage Academy students who helped compile “Passionately Pink”

 

In the news: Quotes on recreation

Posted 9/20/2009 in Local Columns

With the exception of the excerpt from Steve Rogers' column, the following quotes were taken from a Sept. 17 joint meeting of the Lowndes County Supervisors and the Columbus City Council to discuss the county's recreation needs. They were compiled by Birney Imes.

 

Birney Imes: Another step closer

Posted 9/20/2009 in Local Columns

Saturday, after the rains, Patricia McKinley sat on the porch of her house listening to music and visiting with her daughter and a handful of friends. McKinley has lived in the house all her 48 years. It belongs to her 84-year-old grandmother, who still lives there. Located at the corner of Coretta and Seventh Avenue North, the house is among a sprinkling of structures in this forgotten corner of the city that may give way for the proposed city park/soccer complex.

 

Free curbside recycling

This is a great month for the city of Starkville. After months and years of deliberation and public debate, curbside recycling is now available for the citizens of Starkville. Residents of single family households will be able to sign up for curbside pickup with either their utility bill or driver's license showing a proof of that household's commitment. The cost to the citizens? Nothing! It is a free service provided by the city, the Sanitation Department, and Starkville Recycling.

 

Steve Mullen: All apologies

Posted 9/16/2009 in Local Columns

I’m sorry to say it, but I miss the good ol’ days when nobody apologized. “Carry the battle to them,” Harry Truman famously said. “Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.”

 

Religious differences

Bert Montgomery wrote ("Singing ‘Father Abraham’", Sept. 14, 2009) of a gathering he attended on Sept. 10 at Mississippi State’s campus, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews met to discuss their respective faiths. He wrote that he was thankful that the night was peaceful and the participants were respectful of one another.

 

 

Thanks

A big ‘thank you’ to the Cadence Bank employees, led by Tom Green, who painted the exterior of Greater Columbus Learning Center, in the rain, last Thursday, Sept. 10.

 

Bert Montgomery: Singing ‘Father Abraham’

Posted 9/15/2009 in Local Columns

As a child growing up in the Church I learned the cute little children's song “Father Abraham” (and it's corresponding physical movements): Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham I am one of them and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord! Right arm! Left arm! 

Roses and thorns 9/13/09

Posted 9/12/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Brenda Caradine and the host of volunteers who put together another extraordinary array of events celebrating the life of Columbus’ most famous native son, Tennessee Williams.

 

Flooding in Burns Bottom not the big problem it once was

I have been reading for a long time about the Burns Bottom issue for soccer fields. Some believe that since it is located in a flood zone it is in an inappropriate location. As a person with a background in emergency planning with mitigation knowledge, it is suggested to develop such areas for communities for recreational use and buffer flood zones. The county and the city could look into the land fund mitigation for flood zones there is moneys for development.

 

 

Enthusiastic about charrette presentation

I encourage everyone who has not yet seen the presentation from the recent charrette to view it on-line. It is a fantastic plan for what can be done in Columbus and it is based on what has already been done in so many cities around the country that we often admire and enjoy in our travels.

 

 

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