DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our view: Sistrunk is the obvious choice in Starkville

Posted 5/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the remaining city council and alderman seats will be decided in Columbus and Starkville.

 

 

Our view: CMSD motto: 'I don't know'

Posted 5/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.

 

 

Our view: School Board's lack of resolve on uniforms consistent with past reversals

Posted 5/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.

 

 

Our view: Mother's Day

Posted 5/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday, as you had better know by now, is Mother's Day. Although motherhood has been celebrated throughout the world in some form or fashion since the beginning of humanity, the American version of the holiday is a relatively recent development.

 

 

Our view: Stupid: City wades into festival quagmire

Posted 5/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.

 

 

Our view: Getting in shape as citizens

Posted 5/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Elections are like muscles: They're not much use unless you exercise them. Today across the Golden Triangle, voters have the opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans.

 

 

Our view: Pursuit policies should not be a secret

Posted 4/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.

 

 

Our view: West Point -- A glimmer of hope on the horizon ...

Posted 4/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.

 

 

Our view: Thank you, Big Brother ...

Posted 4/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of posting surveillance cameras in public places was considered as some sort of Orwellian nightmare come true as fears emerged of an ubiquitous "Big Brother" spying on the activities of law-abiding citizens.

 

 

Our view: School uniforms not among most pressing issues facing schools

Posted 4/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.

 

 

Our view: Candidates forum: Looking for a reason to care ...

Posted 4/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."

 

 

Our view: A chance to hear the candidates

Posted 4/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.

 

 

Our view: New law won't guarantee school safety

Posted 4/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometime soon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program, which will allow the state's school districts to apply for money to hire armed resource officers.

 

 

Our view: Saturday: A great day to be out and about

Posted 4/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

We have it from somewhat reliable sources that Saturday will be an "S and S" day -- sunny and 70s. Finally, huh? If the forces that determine the weather hold up their end, the city of Columbus will certainly make good on its part of the bargain.

 

 

Our view: In praise of Mother Goose ...

Posted 4/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night, the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library announced their decision to name their endowment fund to enhance the library's childhood reading program for Edwina Williams, who is far better known as Mother Goose. This had to be the easiest choice in the whole history of choosing.

 

 

Our view: Something we can agree on....

Posted 3/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's announcement that Columbus Air Force Base is bringing back its Fourth of July fireworks show is something everyone can agree is a good thing.

 

 

Our view: Creative funding now needed for Juneteenth Festival

Posted 3/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.

 

 

Our view: Man's capacity for inhumanity made vivid in Steubenville rape case

Posted 3/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the few days since the guilty verdict came down in what is generally known as "The Steubenville Rape Case," the crime and its aftermath have generated all sorts of discussions, issues and debates.

 

 

Our view: Only in Mississippi: A bill to make schools less safe ...

Posted 3/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives sent back to the Senate a bill that would arm teachers. Before sending it over, the House, by a 70-46 vote, amended the Senate's bill in two major ways. Actually, the House did more than amend it. They neutered it.

 

 

Our view: An idea worth stealing

Posted 3/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, Columbus might be wise to toss a few bouquets in the direction of Starkville.

 

 

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