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The budget, please: Legislature needs to pass long-overdue budget

Posted 5/12/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A state of limbo. That’s the best description of the effect of the Mississippi’s Legislature’s failure to agree on a state budget has on education, health care and other essential services. The House and Senate need to get over their differences and pass the budget. They need to do it when they resume their protracted annual session May 26.



Voting concerns

Having lived away from Columbus and Lowndes county for many years and recently returned, I find it interesting to see the intensity of emotions and unequivocal stands taken for the election of local leaders here.



Tournament again a success

The 13th Annual Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament was a success again this year. We had nice weather; the rain held off for the game.



Enjoyed column

I enjoyed Betty Stone’s article “In defense of a heroine” in Sunday’s paper. She said, very eloquently, what I have been trying to say. Only a Mother could have been so expressive and to-the-point. Mrs. Stone, well done.


Roses and thorns 5-10-09

Posted 5/9/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Mothers, Main Street Columbus Inc., Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and members and founders of the Link’d Young Professionals

Birney Imes: Working the polls

Posted 5/9/2009 in Local Columns

Bet you don’t know the memory span of a goldfish. How about what a baby gold fish is called?


Keystone cops: Four of Columbus’ ‘finest’ attend seminar in Vicksburg, return an embarrassment to city

Posted 5/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

So a few guys are riding through the military park in a police cruiser, one in the driver’s seat, one in the passenger’s seat. Another two are seated in the popped trunk.


Garthia Elena Burnett: One more something for parents to be concerned about

Posted 5/8/2009 in Local Columns

It was almost 10 o’clock last Wednesday night. I had sent my 5-year-old daughter to bed, with instructions to pick out a bedtime story.


Robbie Coblentz: The debate that didn’t happen

Posted 5/8/2009 in Local Columns

Starting mid-morning May 6, the movement began to organize a televised debate between Parker Wiseman and Matt Cox before the Democratic run-off. The idea was to hold a debate with a moderator and format that would produce unscripted answers. A candidate would be asked a question, get two minutes to answer, and then his opponent would get two minutes to answer.



Steve Mullen: Mother’s Day, Market Street and more

Posted 5/6/2009 in Local Columns

Many folks stick close to their families all their lives, so occasions such as Mother’s Day are somewhat routine. I used to feel that way.


Roses and thorns

Posted 5/3/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to the citizens of Columbus who have shown up at debates to educate themselves about city candidates before they make a decision.


Thinks Burns Bottom site a bad idea

When I moved here three years ago with my husband and two sons, it took me less than an hour to realize that this was the town for me. I am a southern girl, but have never lived this “deep” in the South. Columbus was an exotic, enticing town to me. It was spring, and my first encounter in this city was exhilarating.


Birney Imes: Paul Thorn’s sermons

Posted 5/3/2009 in Local Columns

Friday evening around 6:30 Paul Thorn and his band were relaxing and eating sandwiches in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall. Thorn is an intense and muscular ball of energy who at 44 looks as though he could go a few rounds with a middleweight boxer.


Market Street: Festival offers opportunity to experience pleasures of downtown, mix with your neighbors

Posted 5/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you take a look around downtown, you’ll notice the well-preserved historic buildings, beautiful landscaping, complete with flowers placed with care.



Hateful racism

As I contemplate going to the polls Tuesday May 5th to elect the Democratic nominee for Ward 5 city councilman, the most basic backyard political office. The words Leroy Brooks spoke at the March 2009 meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee keep haunting me.



Guardian angel found

I feel I must share an incident that happened to my wife, Jo, and me as we were returning from a visit with our son in Alabama on Easter.Near Reform, Ala., on leaving 82 we were traveling on a four-lane highway hoping to get home before a predicted rain storm. Jo was driving and suddenly a car on our left passed us and in a few yards ahead of us suddenly turned across our lane causing us to broadside them. Both cars rolled down the grassy slope.



United Way keeps it local

I love how there are so many opportunities to be involved in the community, MUW and with the military of Mississippi. I especially LOVE how the United Way of Lowndes County organizes volunteers and distributes donated time and effort ~ giving back to our own community to make it even better than how we found it.



Concerns about siting sportsplex

As a resident of downtown Columbus who wants to see it thrive and as a research scientist with a PhD in civil and environmental engineering with 15 years experience in hydrology, I’d like to express my concern over the sportsplex site selection process, and make sure that some of the ramifications are considered.


Steve Mullen: Where's all the ammo?

Posted 4/29/2009 in Local Columns

Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition. I always liked that phrase. Yes, the Lord should be praised. And ammunition is good too, especially if you have a gun.


The role of Lowndes County Democratic Party

In recent days misinformation has circulated regarding the role of The Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee in the endorsement of candidates for public office, more specifically the city council races.



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