DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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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.

 

 

Our view: Is EMCC back in the Country Club mix?

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was the best plan 14 months ago. It remains the best plan today.

 

 

Our view: Health Care debate doesn't end with Court's ruling

Posted 6/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There was good news and bad news for Conservatives on Thursday. The Bad News was that the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration's health care plan constitutional. The Good News is that the plan covers Conniption Fits.

 

 

Our view: Library's move to e-books a welcome step

Posted 6/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Public libraries serve many functions. One of those functions, symbolic in nature, is to uphold the traditions and history of its community. For older generations, there is something almost reverential about a library, particularly an old library. It provides a link from present to past. For book lovers, libraries are a comforting place.

 

 

Our view: Apology accepted, but please move on

Posted 6/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was never the motive, but the method. On Tuesday, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell issued a press release that dealt with the controversial early-release program.

 

 

Our view: How will CMSD respond to likely demise of early-release programs?

Posted 6/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Department of Education has decided to put an end to the early-release programs that some of the state's school districts have employed. The State Board of Education made its ruling last week. Friday, they announced there would be a 25-day period in which residents can state their view on the matter.

 

 

Our view: Upcoming concert reason to mark calendars for June 23

Posted 6/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus is fortunate to have many festivals, events and celebrations sprinkled liberally throughout the calendar year. Each plays a distinct role in helping Columbus develop and enhance a sense of community. We are at our best when we are together on such occasions, when the focus is not on the many things that often divide us, but on the interests and values that we share.

 

 

Our view: A crummy way to do business

Posted 6/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees pulled a fast one on the teachers and parents who came out to hear discussion on Superintendent Martha Liddell's proposal for "early dismissal Wednesdays" during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

 

Our view: Open primaries, a good idea that will never happen

Posted 6/8/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This month, California will actually follow a trend, for once. And for once, it's a trend Mississippi would do well to emulate.

 

 

Our view: Karriem and Mickens' opposition to paving projects defies logic

Posted 6/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Recently, the Columbus City Council meetings have taken on the aura of theater - theater of the absurd, to be more accurate.

 

 

Our view: Politics enter the redistricting picture, imagine that

Posted 6/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

To understand a thing, you must first understand its nature. When a person kills another person it is generally considered a criminal act. But when a cat kills a mouse, no one considers it a crime (aside from the mouse, of course). The cat is not regarded as a murderer. It is simply being true to its cat nature. Allowances are made for that.

 

 

Our view: Republicans or bull mooses?

Posted 6/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, seven Mississippi elected officials announced they had switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. As you might imagine, the news was heralded as a triumph among giddy GOP leaders. The Democratic response, just as predictably, was terse. Switching parties six months into a four-year term is not something to be taken lightly.

 

 

Our view: Odd end to a long journey: It's Liddell

Posted 5/31/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Columbus Municipal School District will announce a decision on the superintendent position.

 

 

Our view: The Columbus Country Club is worth saving

Posted 5/30/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

People are quick to dismiss the financial troubles of the bankrupt Columbus Country Club. Snobs, fat cats and elitists are terms that get thrown around in conversations about the 89-year-old club.

 

 

Our view: Festival funding morass

Posted 5/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The CVB currently has a good set of grant application guidelines -- requiring the submission of line-item budgets, as well as the anticipated impact of the festival presented -- but they need to be adhered to.

 

 

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