When my brother Frank was paralyzed and laid up in a hospital in California, we took turns sitting with him. While Beth was there, she read to him from a book by Ted Kooser. She had gone in a bookstore in Santa Monica looking for something to read and, as she remembers, the book jumped off the shelf into her hand. She’d never heard of the guy.
Thank you, Charlie Box, for making the motion before the City Council to reprimand Mayor Smith and Councilman Karriem for their embarrassing behavior last week. It is a small step toward reversing the bad publicity our city has received.
Re: Steve Mullen’s column, “Pardon our progress …” As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I took offense to your article where you clearly pointed out some of the biggest flaws of Columbus.
I was saddened to hear that tennis star Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I’m so glad she has an excellent prognosis.
Last week, city, county and state officials gathered at the base of the old Highway 82 bridge, heralding the state Department of Transportation’s $2 million grant to renovate the long-shuttered structure into a pedestrian park.
Belk’s Charity Sale on May 1 from 6-10 a.m. will once again benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area, including Mississippi.
Welcome, visitors to Columbus! Jump on board our red double-decker tour bus here, for a quick trip around our historic city. This isn’t the tour we had originally planned, but recent events have caused a slight change to the program.
Six days after their brawl at City Hall, Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem shook hands and made up.
Re: Sinead O’Connor’s April 2, 2010, column “The Pope's Apology” (p. 5A). “During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out ‘Your Eminence are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?’”
Not all the news last week was bad. Sometime Columbus resident (We share him with Brooklyn, NY.) Robert Ivy was named a master architect by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Robert, who is editor in chief of Architectural Record, is only the seventh architect to be accorded this honor.
On Saturday, my husband was sitting at a local tire store in Tennessee. While waiting a man and his wife came in off the interstate with tire problems. The man started a conversation about their trip to Columbus. My husband and I are both from Columbus so what were the odds?
It was amazing to get texts and calls in my present location of Northern Virginia about my mayor being arrested for assault. Yes I say my mayor because no matter where I am in this world Columbus is home, that is where my heart and soul reside.
Ah, our local leaders (past and present). Isn’t it bad enough that we have to put up with the childish behavior and antics of Leroy Brooks and the criminal actions of Kamal Karriem and Jim Terry? Now it’s Robert Smith and Kabir Karriem!
Saigon, the defunct capital of South Vietnam, no longer exists except fondly in the memory of several hundred thousand American soldiers.
When we first heard about it, we thought it was an April Fools’ joke. In one sense it was; in this case, the tricksters, happened to be Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem. The joke is on the people and the city of Columbus.
Relay for Life teams; George Irby, Sen. Terry Brown, city and county officials; and Robert Adams Ivy
I think it was president Harry Truman who said "If you can't stand the heat—get out of the kitchen." It seems some of our elected officials continue to behave in an uncivilized manner and bring shame on our city. With the Internet being worldwide, I can just imagine how captains of industry are wondering about selecting our area for economic development about now.
In thanking the Mississippi Department of Transportation during a Wednesday press conference for recent road funding, Columbus Lowndes Development Link executive director Joe Higgins pointed out that rural Mississippi’s road needs were once “farm-to-market” roads — something good enough for farmers to take their goods to town to sell.
If this column seems more incoherent than usual, the you probably missed last week’s questions about the top local news stories of the first three months of 2010.