OPINIONS

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Our opinion: Starkville's school board has lost credibility

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.

 

 

Liza Morgan: Memories of Smithville close to my heart

A man travels the world over searching for what he needs, then travels home to find it..... I'm writing this on my phone, running on very little sleep & little light...please excuse..

 

 

Our View: It's our Katrina, and it isn't

Posted 5/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.

 

Scott Colom: Why the YMCA stays relevant

Posted 5/4/2011 in Local Columns

Every year thousands of people start non-profits and other charity groups. Most begin with good intentions and idealistic hopes of tackling some endemic problem. And these groups usually make a difference for a year or two, or, at best, a lifetime.

Birney Imes: Jouney to the end of the world

Posted 4/30/2011 in Local Columns

There is nothing quite like the feel on your skin of a spring morning in New Orleans. The air is soft, enveloping, almost aqueous. It caresses. Aromas from the night before waft down pitted streets and between crumbling buildings.

Ask Rufus: They sang the blues

Posted 4/30/2011 in Local Columns

I have heard blues music all my life but paid little attention to it until I was at Ole Miss.

 

Our opinion: CAFB's immeasurable impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With military precision, the base performs its three-fold mission: Produce pilots. Advance airmen. Feed the fight. And, the Golden Triangle reaps the benefits from the base's presence.

 

 

Our opinion: Amid hellish storm, a Golden Triangle miracle

Posted 4/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Yes, the power went out and sirens sounded. But in Columbus and Lowndes County, and much of Oktibbeha County, a miracle among miracles was happening Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, all around us was hell on earth.

 

 

Benjamin Franklin Ross: Crying all the time

The Saturday before the Bush tax breaks were extended, we offered a million dollar net taxable income threshold, and they were willing to shut down the government before comprising.

 

 

Our View: The school board's tough new homework: Finding Phillips' successor

Posted 4/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District is ending its chapter of the Del Phillips era. The 39-year-old Phillips is moving on, taking the reins of the 28,000-student Sumner County School District, north of Nashville, Tenn., in June.

 

Scott Colom: Other than a professional athlete

Posted 4/27/2011 in Local Columns

Growing up in Columbus, Marcus Hunter and I dreamed of being professional athletes. I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan and Marcus wanted to be the first professional football and basketball player.

 

Cameron Triplett Sr.: Guns at school

Who was this kid trying to impress? The daughter of a friend is a kindergarten teacher (not around here). One day one of her students brought a knife to school.

 

 

Floyd Hegwood: Franchise fee

In regards to the message placed in The Dispatch by CableOne, concerning the 5-percent franchise fee implemented by the Lowndes County Supervisors.

 

 

Gill Harris: Mission leap

So much has been said, written and played out about the "Civil" War, many times with "slavery" in the same breath during this 150th year commemoration. Betty Stone got it right.

 

Roses and thorns 4-24-11

Posted 4/23/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Family, friends and colleagues of former Columbus Fire Chief James Massey; Public works crews and electric departments of Lowndes County; Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Robbins; and adults who don't keep their guns safe

 

Our opinion: Kids with guns

Posted 4/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The latest Justice Department report on safety in our schools contains quite an understatement: "The presence of weapons at school may interfere with teaching and learning by creating an intimidating and threatening atmosphere."

 

 

Our opinion: At the center of high-tech classrooms, old-school teachers

Posted 4/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Classrooms are different places than they were a generation ago -- even five years ago.

 

 

Jimmie Meese Moomaw: Setting the record straight on MUW

I've written many letters in the past few years decrying the problems at MUW and shaking my rhetorical fist at those who were in my opinion responsible.

 

 

George Lee Dyson: Money and nature's embrace

Congress should direct BP fines toward restoration of the Gulf.

 

 

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