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Local Voices: The Columbus School Board responds to editorial

This is in response to your editorial dated August 10, 2011: The Board of Trustees of the Columbus Municipal School District is accountable to many different constituencies: the district's boys and girls, employees, taxpayers and citizens. We have a responsibility to the boys and girls of the district to provide them with a high quality education.

 

 

Our View: Answerable to no one?

Posted 8/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus school board answers to no one. Or so it seems. When recently asked to appear before the body that appointed them -- the Columbus City Council -- the school board declined, on the advice of their attorney.

 

 

Rick McGill: Negative campaigning

I received a copy of a widespread e-mail that was sent out Thursday, Aug. 4th. The sender was a Lynn Wright supporter. In the text of the e-mail, there some crass remarks made towards my wife's campaign but nothing that I couldn't normally shake off.

 

 

Our View: CVB takes the easy way out

Posted 8/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Anytime an important community agency has an opportunity to choose new leadership, the net should be cast as far and wide as practically possible. The importance of good leadership cannot be overemphasized.

 

Roses and thorns 8-7-11

Posted 8/6/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Voters, poll workers, Mississippi State University Extension Center, Columbus' Night out Against Crime participants

Birney Imes: A midsummer night's walk

Posted 8/6/2011 in Local Columns

At 2 a.m. the cats are perched on the backyard grass like proud lions waiting to be photographed. When the dew begins to form, they will drift over to the pine mulch of the flower beds and lie on their backs among the black-eyed Susans.

 

Tyler Edmonds responds to Forrest Allgood comments

After reading the recent comments in The Commercial Dispatch regarding District Attorney Forrest Allgood (Forrest Allgood responds, July 26, 2011, Voice of the people), I couldn't refrain from weighing in with my experiences.

 

 

Allen Greenhaw: Questions candidate's calls

Is it ethical for a Lowndes County Schools employee who happens to be a candidate for superintendent to use the school districts database for political purposes?

 

 

Our View: A CVB in limbo

Posted 8/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We've watched the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau plug along without a full-time director for five months.

 

Scott Colom: More voter choice

Posted 8/4/2011 in Local Columns

If you watch politics closely and study the candidates with care, you walk through the entrance to the polling station with eagerness to cast your vote. Yet, even before marking the first ballot, a voter confronts the head-scratching dilemma of deciding which primary ballot to pick up. There are two tables, but you can only go to one.

Shannon Bardwell: A little privacy please

Posted 8/2/2011 in Local Columns

You are expected to have a phone on your person at all times; if not a phone, then you should have an answering machine or caller ID. If you miss a call, people get mad. If you don't call them back, they get mad. Sometimes you're not home; you're working, in the garden, in the bathroom, simply not available.

 

Our View: Vote today

Posted 8/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Today is a big day for our state and counties. It's election day.

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Local Columns

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Birney Imes: Time to do your part

Posted 7/30/2011 in Local Columns

For the past two months a lot of people have spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to convince you to give them a four-year job. On Tuesday, they'll find out how convincing they've been.

 

Janice Gilliam: Supports Jeff Smith

 

 

Mark Smith: Supports Dennis

I am working with and supporting a fellow business owner, and a person who is virtually unmatched as a civic leader, for governor of Mississippi.

 

 

Oran Hill: Troubled by candidate's lawsuit

I noticed that Mr. Lynn Wright tried to vindicate himself in a letter to The Dispatch in May where he was "explaining" his reasons for his dismissal as principal of New Hope High last year.

 

 

Bobby Harper: Phil Bryant means experienced leadership

I'm working for the Phil Bryant for Governor campaign because Mississippi needs the right experience and proven leadership in our next Governor. We don't have to guess what kind of Governor Phil Bryant will be. We know what he has done in the past, and we know what he is capable of doing to move Mississippi forward.

 

 

Our View: Keep the downtown post office open

Posted 7/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Perhaps it is the venerable letter. An endless flow of money orders. Daily post-office box checks. Or force of habit.

 

 

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