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Our view: Time to rebuild chamber

Posted 9/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority -- especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization -- need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.

 

 

Our view: Developer hire key to payoff for Starkville

Posted 9/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority-especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization-need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.

 

 

Our view: A refreshing change of direction...

Posted 9/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau was a circumspect affair. The board did its business at a brisk pace, adjourning in about an hour. There were no wild allegations, no shouting matches, no flagrant flaunting of any rules.

 

 

Our view: Betting on Joe

Posted 9/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Friday afternoon the seven-member steering committee assigned the task of exploring a tri-county economic development coalition unveiled their findings before a large and generally supportive crowd at the East Mississippi Community College campus in Mayhew.

 

 

Our view: Lifeline, anyone?

Posted 9/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Brandon Presley's visit to Columbus on Wednesday included a stop at The Dispatch. Presley is the Northern District Public Service Commissioner.

 

 

Our view: The curb appeal of Highway 45

Posted 9/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Realtors call it curb appeal, and they will tell you that without it, selling a property is a difficult task.

 

 

Suspensions excessive in case of firefighters, police officer

Posted 9/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's meeting, the Columbus City Council approved recommended 30-day suspensions of two firefighters and a police officer for "liking" a controversial Facebook post made by another Columbus firefighter, who has since resigned in the wake of the incident.

 

 

Our view: Zero tolerance or zero attendance?

Posted 8/30/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Municipal School District officials released a series of "zero tolerance'' rules concerning fan behavior this week in response to some altercations that occurred during Columbus High's Aug. 17 home game against Aberdeen.

 

 

Our view: When a child is sexually assaulted ...

Posted 8/28/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, a Lowndes County jury found Columbus businessman Benny Shelton guilty of sexual assault of a minor. The details of the case are -- quite naturally -- disturbing. And so was the conduct of Junior Eads, pastor of Eastview Baptist Church.

 

 

Our view: Tonight's opponent is indifference

Posted 8/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight marks the beginning of the high school football season, and it appears as though the weather will conspire to dampen, quite literally, the enthusiasm that generally adorns the occasion.

 

 

Our view: A neighbor we haven't met ...

Posted 8/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday was the first day of classes at Mississippi University for Women, but unless your travels brought you in close proximity to the picturesque campus down on College Street, the event likely escaped your notice.

 

 

Our view: The right way ...

Posted 8/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after the Columbus City Council demonstrated how not to make a key appointment, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to do it the right way.

 

 

Our view: Simply, Catfish Alley

Posted 8/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, family members of the late Sallie Mae Jones asked the Columbus City Council to change the name of the stretch of Fourth Street between Main Street and College Street to Sallie Mae Jones Catfish Alley.

 

 

Our view: Lowndes supes dance delicately with Silicor

Posted 8/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Lowndes County's relationship with Silicor Materials is not unlike that of a level-headed maiden being courted by a worldly suitor: Professions of undying love are all good and well. But at some point, she wants to see a ring.

 

 

Our view: A full-time approach to fire protection

Posted 8/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisor was not the first indication that it's time to take a serious look at how the county meets the needs of its residents where fire protection is concerned.

 

 

Our view: McQueen shows leadership 'on the streets'

Posted 7/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Selvain McQueen has yet to reach his one-year anniversary as the Columbus Police Department's chief. In any organization, gaining a full understanding of your environment, personnel, relationships takes time.

 

 

Our view: Bill Gates slept here ...

Posted 7/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.

 

 

Our view: Starkville Aldermen: Lead or push?

Posted 7/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The advantage leading has over pushing is that you are a lot less likely to get kicked when you lead. Over the past few months, it has sometimes been hard to determine where the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been in front of the issues or behind them.

 

 

Our view: In Caledonia, the cure is worse than the illness

Posted 7/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If the folk who run the town of Caledonia had divine powers, you suspect they would turn the blind man lame.

 

 

Our view: 'The better angels of our nature'

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It began in April of 1775 as an armed conflict by a small group of Colonists fighting for their rights as subjects to the British crown.

 

 

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