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Our view: Decisions, decisions ...

Posted 5/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett once said, "Indecision may or may not be my biggest problem."

 

 

Our view: Downtown parking

Posted 5/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is no new observation that the Bible instructs us to love our neighbors and to love our enemies, probably because they end up being the same people.

 

 

Our view: Confederate Memorial Day?

Posted 5/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Chances are unless you had a driver's license to renew, you had no idea Monday was Confederate Memorial Day.

 

 

Our view: Abortion debate a moot point

Posted 4/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Good for Hob Bryan. Rather than let a politically popular bill onto the Senate floor sure to be ruled unconstitutional, the Amory senator Thursday refused to let the bill out of the committee he chairs.

 

 

Our view: Hazing, a dangerous and demeaning ritual

Posted 4/26/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a movement afoot -- at least in the Northeast -- to end hazing on college campuses, and we think it's long overdue.

 

 

Our view: School superintendent decision will have lasting impact

Posted 4/25/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tomorrow the Columbus School Board will discuss their search for a superintendent, something they've been doing for more than a year now.

 

 

Our view: Earth Day

Posted 4/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday is Earth Day, or as the United Nations deemed in 2009, International Mother Earth Day.

 

 

Our View: The power of the spoken word

Posted 4/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Of the courses we wish we had taken in high school and didn't, speech ranks high on the list.

 

 

Our View: National register designation would benefit Starkville's downtown

Posted 4/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Starkville is moving forward -- albeit slowly -- in its quest to have its downtown included in the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Columbus has benefited from the designation -- the evidence is plain to see -- and so will Starkville.

 

 

Our View: Neither responsible nor cool

Posted 4/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening as Aberdeen businessman Jeff Doty was telling Caledonia aldermen he wouldn't be opening Cal-City Grocery because they denied him a variance to sell cold beer, the town was talking about one of its own who had been charged with selling it ... illegally.

 

 

Our View: Acts small and large build community

Posted 4/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If, on this past Saturday afternoon, you had hiked to the Riverwalk to enjoy what was a glorious spring day, you might have been at first surprised by the number of people who seemed to have the same idea.

 

 

Our View: Two towns, two approaches

Posted 4/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Bill Fruth's visit last week sparked a lot of conversation, and that's usually a good thing. Columbus and Starkville seem to both be great in growing- but in two different ways. Perhaps we can each learn something from the other.

 

 

Our View: Consider the environmental costs of growth

Posted 3/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday in his presentation to Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Trust members economic development guru Bill Fruth said something that gave us pause. Fruth was talking about how community attitudes and laws can be a deterrent for new business.

 

 

Our View: The Link charts a course

Posted 3/28/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Bill Fruth is an economic forecaster, statistician and consultant, who analyzes local economies. He is in town this week talking to us about ours. His numbers tell us one thing we already know: By any measure, Joe Higgins, in his eight years as head of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, has amassed an impressive string of economic successes.

 

 

Our View: Trayvon Martin and John Sanderson

Posted 3/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was inevitable comparisons would be made. After Saturday's shooting of Mississippi State student John Sanderson, reportedly by one of three black males, local and national commentators immediately began drawing comparisons with the February shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch captain.

 

 

Our view: Harsh punishment?

Posted 3/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

While we don't condone Pratt's action -- it was illegal, after all -- we agree with the majority of the council, that firing is too harsh a punishment.

 

 

Our view: The first day of spring

Posted 3/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On the first day of spring we watched a man in blue suspenders standing in a bed of pink azaleas roll brown paint on The Old Homestead, the house Rufus and Karen Ward are restoring next to the Episcopal Church.

 

 

Our View: Teen's death offers painful lesson

Posted 3/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In this time of neighborhood watches and heightened sensitivity about domestic crime, the Feb. 26 killing of a teenager in Florida offers a cautionary tale for us in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Our View: Sears closing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It will be sad to see this American icon disappear from the local landscape.

 

 

Our View: Push for appointed superintendents good for schools

Posted 3/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Three bills working their way through the Mississippi Senate offer encouraging news for Mississippi schools and school children.

 

 

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