DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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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.

 

Our view: For your eyes only? Think again ...

Posted 11/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A wise mother once said, "Be careful what you do. Someone is always watching you." It's easy to forget this rule applies to our online activities.

 

 

Our view: Boys and Girls Club can be catalyst for profound change

Posted 11/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It is a sad truth that often the people who most need a thing are those who can least afford to pay for it.

 

 

Our view: We're not there yet

Posted 11/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

This week's ugly incident on the University of Mississippi campus is a stark reminder that race relations in Mississippi continue to be an issue, not just for the university but for our state.

 

 

Our view: Questions need answering before we get on the bus

Posted 11/8/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, Lawrence Transit System, an Indiana company that wants to establish a bus service in Columbus, sent a letter to local media via Travis Jones, the city's director of federal programs.

 

 

Our view: Now's the time to do your part: Vote today

Posted 11/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Today marks the end of another presidential campaign, and while the race for the White House may be hotly contested, there is at least one point on which everyone can agree: This day could not have come soon enough.

 

 

Our view: All the right moves ...

Posted 11/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

We were greatly encouraged Monday when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors agreed with the City of Columbus to address a mutual problem -- the facilities at the Columbus Soccer Complex.

 

 

Our view: Your tax dollars at work...

Posted 10/24/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Given the record federal budget deficit, it is no surprise there is a growing sentiment for shrinking the government.

 

 

Our view: Kids should 'mix it up'

Posted 10/23/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On Oct. 30, a national tolerance group will again encourage schools across the county to "mix it up at lunch." This is not an invitation to a food fight, as the campaign's name might indicate.

 

 

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