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Meetings on gun violence not a cure, but a treatment

Posted 1/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, a group of Columbus residents gathered at Columbus High School to listen and speak on the subject of gun violence in the city.



Our View: Drones: a new technology with its own set of challenges

Posted 1/14/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When new technology emerges, it often takes a while -- sometimes years -- to understand its implications.



Our View: Play ball? The W takes a step in that direction

Posted 1/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Almost from the moment he arrived at Mississippi University for Women as its 14th president in 2012, Dr. Jim Borsig has said the return of college athletics would be a goal for the university.



Our View: Public deserves more thorough discussion of personnel decisions

Posted 1/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: The Tombigbee, an enduring treasure

Posted 1/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When Columbus was in its infancy, there was no ignoring the Tombigbee River.



Our View: It's people who give a town its character, its richness

Posted 12/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Last game for a legend

Posted 12/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

This afternoon in Charlotte, N.C., Dak Prescott will play his final game in a Mississippi State University.



Our View: Tenn-Tom Waterway quietly achieves its purposes

Posted 12/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For most of us, the most obvious sign of interstate commerce is encountered on our highways, where large semis are a common sight, or in the air, where the roar of aircraft disturbs the silence of the skies or along railroad lines, where we often are forced to stop as the long procession of railroad cars loaded down with products and materials interrupt our travels.



OUR VIEW: Christmas: When chaos yields to calm

Posted 12/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas is near at hand. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.


Photo: 12/24/15

Posted 12/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials


Our View: Release of body camera video serves public interest

Posted 12/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Police Department released video on Tuesday from the body cameras worn by the three CPD officers who were involved in the Oct. 16 shooting death of Ricky Ball, the most relevant video -- that taken immediately after the shooting was not included.



Our View: Building boom lifts profile of 'Starkvegas'

Posted 12/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkvegas. For years, the word was used derisively to describe the city of Starkville, whose blandness stood in -- pardon the pun -- "stark" contrast to the university that sustained much of the city's economy.



Our View: Looking beyond schools' poor test results

Posted 12/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The report card for Mississippi's K-12 education came back today.



Humane Society needs a dose of Christmas charity

Posted 12/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the best aspects of the Christmas season is the spirit of generosity it inspires.



Our View: A Christmas tradition worth renewing

Posted 12/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Far away, by time if not by distance, at an appointed night not divulged to the children, families abandoned their normal evening routine to observe a Christmas tradition.



Our View: Committee's recommendations worthy of support

Posted 12/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When a committee was selected to review Columbus Police Department policies and procedures in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball on Oct. 16, there were likely some in the community who viewed this more as an attempt by the city to polish its tarnished image than a effort to produce meaningful changes.



Our View: Shopping local businesses benefits us all

Posted 12/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

With a little more than two weeks remaining before Christmas, the shopping season is headed for the home stretch.



Our View: Legislature lacks focus, plan to lift state

Posted 12/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Before anything substantial is built, two things are required -- an agreement on what is to be built and a plan for how to build it.



Our View: CPD's use of Twitter shows commitment to transparency

Posted 12/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Transparency is much like dieting: People spend more time talking about it than actually doing it.



Our View: Proposed CL&W loan should not be viewed as an affront to customers

Posted 12/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's revelation that Columbus Light & Water is considering a request from the city for a $650,000 loan to purchase property on Main Street has prompted an obvious question: If CL&W can afford to get in the loan business, why did it raise its rates twice in the past six months?



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