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Shannon Bardwell: A wishbone Christmas

Posted 12/14/2011 in Local Columns

This will be a different Christmas. For one, the traditional 20-foot tree will become a ghost of Christmas past. Each year we have trekked over hill and dell, through the mud and briars, to find the perfect tree. The tree was hoisted over barbed-wire fences, through a ditch or two and tugged onto the brush trailer.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Feds have kept Mississippi afloat

Posted 12/9/2011 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- A problem for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant is this: If the federal government adopts his self-professed "tight-fisted" fiscal style, Mississippi will go belly up. In an instant.

 

Scott Colom: A children's museum

Posted 12/7/2011 in Local Columns

During a recent conversation with a friend about the Columbus Visitors' Bureau, an idea for a new project for the CVB came to us. The discussion started because we, like many, have been surprised by the numerous controversies surrounding the CVB this year.

Shannon Bardwell: Prairie enterprise

Posted 12/6/2011 in Local Columns

Popping the top of the cooler, Sam showed off a mess of nice size crappie. Sam counts the number that he keeps and I count the number of fillets they will make. With his haul, he had something else, mahogany colored nuts; some still in a soft puffy shell.

 

Peter Imes: Joining the conversation now much easier

Posted 12/2/2011 in Local Columns

The Dispatch's website, cdispatch.com, has long encouraged online readers to leave comments at the bottom of each article. Though the paper still receives some letters to the editor by mail, most people now either email letters to us or simply post a comment at the end of a story.

 

Scott Colom: CMSD's next superintendent

Posted 11/26/2011 in Local Columns

The departure of Dr. Del Phillips prompted me to think about the obstacles waiting for the next superintendent. First, he or she must overcome the shadow of Dr. Phillips, a man who left with high approval ratings and a state of the art middle school as a monument to his success.

 

Adele Elliott: The children's hour

Posted 11/19/2011 in Local Columns

 

The future of the MS Democratic Party

Posted 11/16/2011 in Local Columns

The Democrat Party's historical defeat in Tuesday's election was a long time coming. It started in 1964 when Sen. Barry Goldwater became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Mississippi since Reconstruction. Then, in 1978, Senator Thad Cochran became the first Republican elected statewide in over a century. It took another 13 years for Kirk Fordice to become the first Republican elected Governor.

Birney Imes: Life under the big top

Posted 11/16/2011 in Local Columns

The only thing missing from Tuesday night's Columbus City Council meeting was the girl in sequins with the elephants.

Birney Imes: The Hitching Lot Saturday morning

Posted 11/12/2011 in Local Columns

Gwen Gouveia's earliest childhood memories are of light bulbs darkened with shoe polish, lowered green window shades and the cold dampness of the dirt floor of a bomb shelter. Gouveia -- the name is Portuguese -- was 15 months old and in her high chair when the Japanese surprised her hometown on that Sunday morning in 1941.

Democracy in plain view

Posted 11/9/2011 in Local Columns

On the second floor of the Lowndes courthouse, there is a room where on election night candidates gather with their family and supporters, media and political junkies to watch returns as they come in.

Scott Colom: Mississippi should adopt early voting

Posted 11/9/2011 in Local Columns

This Tuesday I witnessed the best evidence for early voting.

Birney Imes: In Rita's kitchen

Posted 11/5/2011 in Local Columns

If Rita Jones ever invites you for dinner, don't even bother checking your calendar; just say yes. In a minute I'll tell you why.

Scott Colom: How do you change culture?

Posted 11/3/2011 in Local Columns

A recent news story in the Clarion Ledger caught my attention; it was titled "Culture change in Mississippi urged." The article focused on a recent presentation given by the state economist, Darrin Webb, at a conference hosted by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center.

 

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