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Our View: Legislature lacks focus, plan to lift state

Posted 12/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Before anything substantial is built, two things are required -- an agreement on what is to be built and a plan for how to build it.



Our View: CPD's use of Twitter shows commitment to transparency

Posted 12/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Transparency is much like dieting: People spend more time talking about it than actually doing it.



Our View: Proposed CL&W loan should not be viewed as an affront to customers

Posted 12/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's revelation that Columbus Light & Water is considering a request from the city for a $650,000 loan to purchase property on Main Street has prompted an obvious question: If CL&W can afford to get in the loan business, why did it raise its rates twice in the past six months?



Our View: City's purchase of Gilmer displays spirit of optimism

Posted 12/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Once, it was a nod to the earliest days of the city's history.



Our View: GTRA's role often underestimated

Posted 11/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For most of us, Golden Triangle Regional Airport is a convenient alternative to flying out of Birmingham.



Our View: Let's talk sex

Posted 11/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It began with a career day presentation by a student at Starkville High School, soon became an online petition to demand the teacher of that class be returned to the classroom and today is the subject of an investigation by the Starkvile-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.



Our View: Police chief search should begin with a public hearing

Posted 11/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

With the resignation of Tony Carleton as Columbus Police Chief on Nov. 1, the city will be seeking its fourth "top cop" in eight years, hardly a testament to stability within the department.



Our View: Veterans Day is a day of gratitude

Posted 11/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 1918, the victorious allied forces commemorated the end of World War I with ceremonies in France and England.



Our View: At long last, site for new career tech center is chosen

Posted 11/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees selected a site for its new career-tech center.



Our View: Recent downtown crimes should not be cause for panic

Posted 11/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past five days, reports of an assault on one woman and an armed robbery of two others have touched off a bit of a panic on social media, which may ultimately do more harm than good.



Our View: Minor's work illustrates the power of reporting

Posted 11/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In 1947, the New Orleans Times-Picayune sent a 25-year-old reporter Louisiana native to Jackson to become the newspaper's one-man Mississippi bureau. He was dispatched with just one instruction: "Go."



Our View: Mark Keenum's game of (no) change

Posted 11/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a good thing that Dean Colvard, and not Mark Keenum, was the president of Mississippi State University in March 1963.



Our View: Who won the election? It depends on how you view it

Posted 11/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters throughout the state went to the polls to determine local, regional and state races, as well as a proposal to amend the state's constitution.


Our View: A step in the right direction

Posted 11/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is election day, an important day in the life of a community. So was yesterday.


A time for leadership

Posted 11/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Time for voters to do their homework; the test is a week away

Posted 10/27/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Next Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to determine a handful of local offices, as well as decide the outcome of statewide races, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.



Our view: EMCC officials face big questions with football program

Posted 10/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The football team at East Mississippi Community College was eliminated from postseason play Friday by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. The ruling came after an onfield brawl during a game Thursday. MACJC stated that the punishment was mandated by the National Junior College Athletic Association rules.



Our View: City government works best when citizens participate

Posted 10/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Typically, if you want to attend Columbus City Council meeting, you don't have to worry about finding a good seat. You can usually take your pick.



Our View: Welty Symposium is Woodstock for book lovers

Posted 10/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

What Netflix is to lovers of TV series, The Eudora Welty Symposium is to book lovers.



Our View: City's slow response to shooting undermines public confidence

Posted 10/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the period of several months, the city of Columbus and its police department have worked towards building a stronger relationship with the people in our community.



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