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Jay Lacklen: Courting economic disaster

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Columns

The fast approaching Congressional Debt Ceiling deadline is playing out as a slow motion train wreck, one that has perhaps a fair chance of becoming a full blown economic train wreck. While there is blame on both political parties, I am again aghast at the current methods of the Republican Party I spent 30 years within.

Scott Colom: The hip-hop generation

Posted 7/13/2011 in Local Columns

Over the last 40 years, hip-hop music has been at the center of the debate over the influence of music on society. Critics argue that hip-hop has corroded American culture, that its glorification of misbehavior and female promiscuity promoted perverse morals in young people.


Our View: The public's right to know

Posted 7/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In other states, personnel records such as like disciplinary action are open when it comes to public bodies. And meetings to discuss those items are held in open session.



Our view: Joe St. John's woes

Posted 7/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Something is brewing at City Hall. And Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is at the center of the storm. A small group of supporters made an appearance at a special meeting on Monday, where most thought St. John's job was on the line. And we expect it is.



Elliott and Hannon: Support St. John

We are writing to voice our unconditional support for Joseph St. John, Police Chief of the City of Columbus!



Cameron Triplett: Revised position

In past letters I have expressed my opinion about the Omnova strike and the results it brought about. Today, Sunday, July 10, I had a nice visit and chat with one of the strikers. He gave me some more information I didn't have. I knew that I didn't have the whole story. Most strikes are about money and benefits, as in more. According to my visitor, a distant relative by the way, this was about that, but with a twist. I consider myself to be a pretty good judge of character, and I believe everything my visitor said.


Birney Imes: Watermelon memories

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Columns

Shortly after 7, Saturday morning Pat Burwell was hoisting the second of two Gilmer brothers watermelons into the back of her husband's pickup. "One for us and one for the chickens," she laughed. Husband Brooke confirmed it from the other side of the truck. "Our dog eats the rinds," he added. "Loves them."


Randy Finch: Supports Larmour

A tiger can't change his stripes. Jeff Smith is still employing Democrat vs. Republican strategies. The NRA gave Jack Larmour an A rating. Anyone who knows Jack Larmour knows all his actions are above board. Someone needs to remind Jeff Smith that he is a Republican.


Roses and thorns 7/10/11

Posted 7/9/2011 in Roses & Thorns

A bouquet of roses each to Derrick Beckom and Mickey Brislin. The two Lowndes County men worked to free another from a burning car, last week. Gregory Gabriel, 62, lost control of his car on Matson Road and hit a tree when his blood sugar dropped due to the heat.


Parker Wiseman: Starkville town meeting

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, July 12th at 6 p.m., Starkville will host a town hall meeting to present a preliminary concept for meeting our public facility needs. I am writing to encourage full public participation at this important event.



Sarah Tatum: An under-appreciated good Samaritan

Somewhere in the Golden Triangle area is a very lucky family that would be planning a funeral today if it had not been for a very fast on his feet "good Samaritan."



Our View: The price of pecans in China

Posted 7/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Where's the bacon? High corn prices have sliced into the hog business. What's up with the price of Georgia pecans? The Chinese have developed a taste for Southern pecans. Why's your caffeine habit getting so expensive? The coffee craze has gone global.



Our View: 'Thanks, Coach'

Posted 7/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

If you drive past Propst Park in Columbus these days, you may noticed the usually busy fields are quiet.


Scott Colom: More women in political leadership

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Columns

Women are probably the most under-represented demographic of voters in Mississippi. On a state level, Mississippi has never had a female governor, U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator. Hattiesburg's Evelyn Gandy, who was elected lieutenant governor in 1975 and made two runs for governor, is as close as any women has come to being elected to the state's top office.


Our View: Race relations?

Posted 7/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's 2011. That statement quite often is used to illustrate how far we've come in technology, education and as a democracy.



Marleen Hansen: The Saturday Dispatch

Like it! And since it is "conjured up in Columbus" why not have it at the Farmers Markets in Columbus and Starkville?



Tyler McShan: Saturday edition

Ironically, it was the lack of a Saturday edition that caused our change from The Commercial Dispatch to the Tuscaloosa News about 1972. My family always had a strong tie to Columbus probably since the town was founded when the rail -road came through.



Our view: Our American democracy

Posted 7/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Tomorrow it will be 235 years since King George III wrote in his diary, "Nothing important happened today." Maybe from his vantage point in London that was the case, but 3,000 miles to the west, a group of feisty colonists were embarking on an experiment in self-government. It was like nothing ever done before or since, a government by the people, for the people and of the people. Self-rule.


Garthia Burnett: The black and white elephant in the room

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Columns

Wednesday, I fielded a call from an upset reader. He accused the paper of trying to keep black people out of significant local leadership positions and cited its "attacks" on Columbus schools' Interim Superintendent Martha Liddell as the latest attempt to support the "good old Southern Mississippi white boys trying to maintain a position of leadership."


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