Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
In 1999, the improbable happened. On a rainy Friday night, the Columbus Falcons beat the South Panola Tigers. At the time, South Panola was the defending 5A state champion, undefeated and building its reputation as a football powerhouse. In comparison, Columbus, which had recently been created by combing Lee High and Caldwell, had never had a winning season. The expectations for defeat were so widespread that classmates joked with CHS players about how badly the team would get beat.
The odds are stacked against us. In general, research shows children raised in single-parent households don't perform as well academically as peers who have both parents at home.
It's decision time. On Nov. 8, we'll be called on to make important decisions, on the state and local levels. Republican Phil Bryant faces Democrat Johnny Dupree in the governor's race.
The Council of Columbus Garden Clubs extends their congratulations to the recently appointed Director of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau, Nancy Carpenter.
The Columbus-Lowndes tourism bureau continues to take one step forward and two steps back. After months of debate, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith finally came to a decision about the ninth Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau member.
With the economy in question; heavy bond issues for the hospital; and needed school support, it was no surprise that an $8 million-plus bond issue for a new police building failed to pass.
Starkville officials seemed baffled at why an $8.45 million bond-issue referendum failed on Tuesday. Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas said he was "floored" by the meager support for the bond issue, which was planned to fund a new police station.
The recent outcry over the execution of Troy Davis reminded me of the difficult balancing act for police. On the one hand, with every homicide the police are under tremendous pressure to solve the crime quickly.
Three shooting deaths in a week. It's enough to make sure you lock your doors and stay inside at night. What's more frightening is not knowing if those killings are random acts of violence or targeted hits.
Chris Colley is a holy man who sleeps under bridges. This year he has also slept in a preacher's garage apartment and recently camped behind the farm shop of a Mennonite in Aberdeen. He's just finished reading a book about Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln he got while in Hopkinsville, Ky., but mostly he reads from a red, palm-sized Gideon's Bible.
In Thursday's edition Susan Estrich had an oped titled "Real change" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She doubts that a President McCain or VP Palin would have signed this legislation allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.
Mississippi's sunshine laws are meager when compared to other states. Certain personnel matters, for instance, are discussed in open session in Alabama and Tennessee. And the records are public.
I applaud this board of alderman for taking a patient and thoughtful approach in deciding how to build a new police station. No one has ever debated that we badly need to build a police station, but most in this community have strong feelings about how it should be built.
It's time for us to move forward and build a police station. For 10 years now we've battled each other as a community over questions like "where should it be?" and "how much should it cost?" These are fair questions to ask but not at the expense of being able to meet a need that is too obvious to ignore.
Last week, Mississippi's Center for Public Policy launched a website offering easy access to how local tax dollars are spent. In a state where local governing bodies seem to have a cloudy view of sunshine laws, the site -- seethespending.org -- is a huge step forward.
In Sunday's reader comment section there were three comments on the bomb threats at local schools recently. A "sheatherly" needs a reality check, and as a former first responder, I would like to enlighten her.
There's a better way to handle vicious dogs than to wait for one to attack and injure livestock, or worse, a child. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors is on the right track. After recent dog attacks, supervisors are drafting an animal-control ordinance that would include a leash law. The idea is to crack down on owners who apparently don't care enough about their own dogs, as well as their neighbors' well being, to properly supervise their dogs.
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