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Our View: Build a more attractive Columbus

Posted 3/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On the demographic surveys that retailers use to build new stores and restaurants, Columbus looks surprisingly similar to other Mississippi cities.

 

 

Raymond Gross: Gas prices

Over the past few years I've read many letters to the editor about how gas prices are always higher in Columbus than anywhere else in the state. I think all this concern is good, and I appreciate the paper publishing all those letters so others may be encouraged to join in the song of complaints.

 

Scott Colom: Fighting teen pregnancy

Posted 3/9/2011 in Local Columns

Recently, both houses of the Mississippi legislature passed bills requiring school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or abstinence-plus. Teaching students about contraceptives has long been controversial in Mississippi.

 

Ricky Bishop: Opposes redistricting plan for Starkville

An open letter to the citizens of Starkville and the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen: This past Friday, March 4, 2011, the Mississippi House passed Joint Resolution 1, a plan to redistrict the Mississippi state House based on population shifts.

 

 

Our View: Cadence's best possible option

Posted 3/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence Bank began its new life as a private concern this week. Its sale to investment firm Community Bancorp is officially inked, its stock pulled from the market, and its board reshuffled and stacked with Texas-based CBC officers.

 

 

W.R. Bill Taylor: Setting the record straight

Ms. Bardwell (Home, home on the Prairie, March 7) was incorrect about the Taylors and Thurstons. It was a Taylor boy that married a Thurston girl. I should know. They were my grandparents. William R. Taylor married Stella Thurston.

 

 

Harry Sanders: Response to editorial

 

Ask Rufus: Turkey hunting and the settlement of Columbus 

Posted 3/5/2011 in Local Columns

Turkey season will soon open, and hunters wearing the latest camo while carrying their favorite turkey calls will venture into the woods. The tradition of turkey hunting in the Tombigbee Valley goes back to the early Native Americans who were here even before the Historic Period Choctaws and Chickasaws.

 

Our view: A building with a shaky foundation

Posted 3/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office in the almost-finished new building behind the Tennessee Williams Home is apparently in limbo, with the county balking at the price tag.

 

 

Our view: A West Point boy that could

Posted 3/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Gray Swoope's successes in Mississippi have been noticed nationwide, and that's bad news for us, but great news for him.

 

 

Our view: City, county right to stay out of strike

Posted 3/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Unions are having it tough all over. We've seen the battles in Wisconsin and other states over public employee unions and collective bargaining rights, which allow workers to sit at the table and negotiate wages and benefits.

 

Scott Colom: A time for respect and empathy

Posted 3/2/2011 in Local Columns

When Betty Gore first told me I needed to write a column about March being developmental disability month, I was skeptical. But then there were allegations of disruptive conduct at Columbus High last week that highlighted to me the importance of developmental disability awareness month.

 

Bob Raymond: Second City a big hit

Anyone who did not attend the show Tuesday night at the Trotter missed a really fun event.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: The function of government

The "Concentrate on essentials" column, from Sunday's Washington Post, appeared in Monday's Dispatch, and I take issue with part of it.

 

 

Our view: The sweet sights -- and sounds -- of spring

Posted 3/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In these parts, the sounds of spring include more than birds chirping and bees buzzing. The sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans jazz, and even orchestra arrangements will fill the air -- punctuated by a shout of "Stella!" or two.

 

 

Birney Imes: The gray ghost

Posted 2/26/2011 in Local Columns

 

 

Raymond Gross: Liberal Democrats making a mess of things

 

 

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