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Our view: 'Hear no evil' is bad school policy

Posted 2/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening, we learned what happened to Shawn Gregory, but the public may never know why it happened.

 

 

Our view: Elected leaders do residents a disservice in choosing board members

Posted 2/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors chose retired businessman Lester King to represent the county on the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees.

 

 

Our view: For some, cold weather is far more than an inconvenience

Posted 1/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There are some things we can all agree on and one of them is the weather over the past few days: It's been cold, very cold by Mississippi standards.

 

 

Our view: Catfish in the Alley

Posted 1/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It is a celebration that has never really established itself. It wasn't even held last year on account of bad weather, something that had plagued the event for more than one of its six previous years. The recent celebrations weren't even held at the venue it intended to commemorate.

 

 

Our view: Link, city spat could have been avoided

Posted 1/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the drunk who picks fights with his wife as a pretense for storming out and heading for the corner bar, the Golden Triangle Development Link left Columbus in a huff Thursday.

 

 

Our view: A prudent strategy

Posted 1/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes the best step forward requires taking a step back. On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council appeared to be set to enter a three-year contract with a commercial consulting firm at the urging of Councilman Charlie Box.

 

Our view: What we can learn from dolphins

Posted 1/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In studies of bottlenose dolphins, marine biologists have discovered something interesting about their behavior toward sick or injured pod mates.

 

Our view: A step we all must take

Posted 1/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In America, we set aside special days to commemorate, reflect and renew our resolve about a subject. These national holidays come and go, but often the fervor the holiday ignites is gone as quickly as the holiday itself.

 

 

Our view: Time for railroad to do the right thing

Posted 1/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Back in August officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway and the Columbus City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposal to close six Southside railroad crossing while adding safety upgrades to other crossings.

 

 

Our view: It's time to stop moralizing about sex education

Posted 1/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Rotary Club, like most civic organizations, keep to a pretty tight schedule during its weekly luncheons. The program starts promptly at noon and ends just as promptly at 1 p.m. Tuesdays are work days, after all.

 

 

Our view: Dream365 is an opportunity in black AND white

Posted 1/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Dream365 kicked off its week-long program Monday with a pair of events at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.

 

 

Our view: Mississippi is

Posted 1/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As any third-grader should know, there are 50 states in the United States. When it comes to education, Mississippi ranks 51st. You can't get any lower than that.

 

 

Our view: Outside firm needed in chief search

Posted 1/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The news that Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen has filed retirement papers with the city means that another police chief search is soon to come. It will be the third search for a chief since 2008.

 

 

Our view: Adams a good pick for Starkville CAO

Posted 1/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Call it damage control. On Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen selected Taylor Adams as its new chief administrative officer. Adams will continue to keep his old jobs as city clerk and finance director until those positions can be filled.

 

 

Our view: Sales tax bill makes sense for city, county residents alike

Posted 1/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

As the Legislature begins its 2014 session, city officials around the state will be watching closely the progress on a bill that would allow city residents an opportunity to raise money for infrastructure improvements through a temporary sales tax increase.

 

 

Our view: Columbus 2014, Restoring optimism should be Job 1 for city leaders

Posted 12/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month, the Columbus City Council, after a two-day tour of the city's six wards, met in a retreat in an effort to identify goals for the city, both short-term and long-term.

 

 

Our view: As we grieve for our neighbors, we wait for answers

Posted 12/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It happened 70 miles to the north, yet the tragic event that played out in Tupelo Monday hit far closer to home than that. Around 3 p.m. Monday, a pair of Tupelo Police Department officers were gunned down in a shootout after responding to a robbery call in a busy area of town.

 

 

Our view: Christmas is at hand ... mercifully

Posted 12/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas is near at hand. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course. We know it is Christmas from the faint aroma of burned credit-card plastic, thinned wallets, frazzled nerves, small children whose behavior is suspiciously good, a lack of attention to detail to every-day duties and the inability to understand "why everybody just won't get out of our way, for crying out loud."

 

 

Our view: Achievements worthy of celebration

Posted 12/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Each winter and spring, as graduates file into arenas for commencement exercises at colleges and universities across the country, we are awed by select group of graduates whose achievements stand apart from their peers.

 

 

Our view: Billboards on city property is a bad idea

Posted 12/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 4 councilman Marty Turner proposed a change to the city's signage ordinance to allow the addition of billboards, including large electronic ones, on city rights of way.

 

 

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