DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our view: Are taxpayers playing against loaded dice?

Posted 1/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In September, Link CEO Joe Max Higgins took the podium at a large gathering East Mississippi Community College to announce that a steering committee had been formed to examine the possibility of Starkville/Oktibbeha County joining West Point/Clay County and Columbus/Lowndes County in what became the Golden Triangle Development Link.

 

 

Our view: Bryant's obstinance nothing more than political grandstanding

Posted 1/8/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant believes in the rule of law and the will of the people. Unless, of course, it's a law he doesn't like or the will of the people turns out to be at odds with his own views.

 

 

Our view: Rooting for one of our own

Posted 1/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Normally, this editorial page does not concern itself with the weighty subject of NFL football games and certainly not games that will be played in so distant a clime as Green Bay, Wis. But we make an exception this week as the NFL playoffs get underway with four games this weekend. And we are particularly interested in how the playoff game in Wisconsin will unfold.

 

 

Our view: Don't lose the lesson...

Posted 1/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is an old adage in sports that goes, "Lose the loss, but don't lose the lesson.'' On Wednesday, Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed what had been obvious since the start of the week: The grand, $600 million, 971-job Silicor project will not be coming to Lowndes County.

 

 

Our view: 2013, What a year it could be!

Posted 12/31/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In a few hours, we will be finished with 2012. For better or worse, we will need a rear-view mirror to see 2012. As the old year passes, a new year stretches out before us. That's the way it is with years: No sooner are you finished with one than another shows up to deal with. Without a doubt, 2013 is certain to bring its share of challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities as well.

 

Our view: Too many hands in the cookie jar

Posted 12/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Politicians' reliance on CVB funding for their neighborhood festivals is a conflict of interest and an abuse of power

 

Our view: The end is near, but keep reading ...

Posted 12/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If you are reading this editorial, one of two things can be assumed: First, the world has not yet come to an end, as some people who embraced Maya mythology had predicted. Second, if the end is indeed imminent, you have chosen an pretty unimaginative way to spend your last remaining hours.

 

 

Our view: Sadness and trepidation

Posted 12/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

With Mike Bernsen's departure the city loses an able and responsive manager; we hope the mayor and council will be deliberate in choosing his replacement.

 

 

Our view: It's time to get politicians out of the festival business

Posted 12/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting Monday, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks approached the podium to address the board. Patting his right suit pocket, Brooks told the board that he would not speak from the text he prepared. Instead, he spoke off the cuff. In retrospect, sticking to the prepared text probably would have been a better idea. The message Brooks did deliver was a regrettable hodge-podge -- at times racially-charged, at times conciliatory and at times conspiratorial.

 

 

There when you need them: First responders show their mettle on a day of craziness

Posted 12/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

For the superstitious, Wednesday's calendar date was either a compelling reason to stay in bed or a can't-miss chance to court Lady Luck.

 

 

Our view: NFL tragedies force discussion of gun laws, DUIs

Posted 12/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been a tragic couple of weeks for the National Football League.

 

Our view: Fracking deserves a closer look

Posted 12/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, the Caledonia Board of Aldermen took on one of the most controversial issues in the field of energy. You might have expected a very long debate, given the board's history. Remember, this is the same body that took more than a year to resolve a dispute between a town employee and his boss for a $1-per-hour raise.

 

Our view: Tonight it's time to get your Wassail on!

Posted 12/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This evening, downtown Columbus will be the site of the ninth annual Wassail Fest. While there many events on the calendar, Wassail Fest stands apart as something of a marvel.

 

 

Our view: A move sure to please drug dealers

Posted 12/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Dissolution of narcotics unit indicates troubling failure to communicate, cooperate.

 

 

Our view: It's time for Dale to step down

Posted 11/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Nadia Dale is the sort of person you want for just about any committee or board. Bright, conscientious and community-minded, Dale is just the kind of dynamic young leader Columbus desperately needs.

 

 

Our view: 'Just Say No' a bankrupt strategy for governing

Posted 11/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

During his successful campaign to retain his seat in Congress, Alan Nunnelee (R, Tupelo) put much emphasis on the 32 "no'' votes he cast against Obamacare during his first term in office.

 

 

Our view: Dreaming of a white Thanksmas ...

Posted 11/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Happy Thanksgiving or -- as it will soon be called -- Thanksmas.

 

 

Our view: The wars we didn't have to fight

Posted 11/21/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is doubtful that Josie Shumake was chosen to speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Columbus Rotary Club in deference to Thanksgiving.

 

 

Our view: Shop locally and keep it in the family

Posted 11/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

In a Dispatch online poll a few days ago, we asked readers where they would likely do their Black Friday shopping. Although we make no claim of scientific accuracy, the poll results do at least provide some insight into the attitudes of our community.

 

Our view: Enthusiastic public greets new museum

Posted 11/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The H.L. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center held a grand-opening ceremony Thursday at the old high school, which served as Columbus' black high school until integration.

 

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