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Our View: One who served

Posted 11/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On Nov. 7, an American hero died. In the heyday of The Greatest Generation, we knew what heroes were. We knew what service was. Priorities were different. Times were simpler. Choices were clear.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Newspapers tell our history

Posted 11/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

People have often asked me where I find some of the little known events of history that I have written about. The answer is easy: The newspaper. Accounts of the settlement of what is now Mississippi have been published since articles on the French colony at Biloxi first appeared in French and English papers in 1699.

 

 

Our view: Time for voters to do their part

Posted 11/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: George vs. the aldermen

Posted 11/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Caledonia, the little town that could, can at times be a fractious place. At least that's the case where the board of aldermen and its sometimes contentious mayor, George Gerhart, are concerned.

 

 

Our view: The rush to judgment

Posted 11/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday Sam Lathrop, of late the police chief of Beloit, Wis., sent an email to Columbus HR Director Pat Mitchell asking her to remove his name from the list of those under consideration for the the city's police chief.

 

 

OUR VIEW: Stay calm, stay the course

Posted 10/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Contrary to what Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box would have you believe, the sky is not falling. At least not as far as the Columbus police chief search is concerned. During a special- called council meeting on Tuesday Box referred to some of the candidates as "losers."

 

 

OUR VIEW: Behind the scenes in the search for a police chief

Posted 10/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Several weeks ago when the mayor asked me to serve on the committee to help with the police chief selection, I asked him to let me think it over. As a newspaper publisher, my first responsibility is to see the public gets a fair, accurate and unvarnished report through every step of the process. Would my involvement compromise our ability to do that or the public's perception of the impartiality of our reporting?

 

 

Our view: Lowndes schools reaching for the stars

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Last year, Lowndes County School District was considered successful based on its state test scores and other measures. This year, the district moved up in ranking to high performing, which means the district outperformed averages on the national report card.

 

 

Our View: Chief search offers new challenges

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening the names of the top five candidates for the Columbus Police Chief were announced at the city council meeting. One of the five was interim chief Selvain McQueen. The name of another, Nathaniel Clark of Albany, Ga., may ring a bell with some. Clark was a finalist in the 2007 search that resulted in Joe St. John being named chief.

 

 

Our View: The weekend offers autumn festivals for every interest

Posted 10/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

There are signs. A welcome cool ushers away the summer heat as crisp mornings and evenings call for sweaters. The first leaves begin to brighten. And suddenly fall has tip-toed in

 

 

Our View: The search continues

Posted 10/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.

 

 

Our View: A dangerous breakdown in communication

Posted 10/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Local law enforcement seems to be at a loss on how to handle the recent surge in crime. Or at least how to communicate effectively enough to make us feel safe in our own backyard. The several shooting deaths in the past weeks already had us on edge.

 

 

Our View: Sex education: It's about time

Posted 10/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

 

 

Our View: Get involved

Posted 10/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The odds are stacked against us. In general, research shows children raised in single-parent households don't perform as well academically as peers who have both parents at home.

 

 

Our View: Register to vote ... and do it

Posted 10/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's decision time. On Nov. 8, we'll be called on to make important decisions, on the state and local levels. Republican Phil Bryant faces Democrat Johnny Dupree in the governor's race.

 

 

Our View: A board at odds

Posted 9/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes tourism bureau continues to take one step forward and two steps back. After months of debate, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith finally came to a decision about the ninth Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau member.

 

 

Our View: Voters say no

Posted 9/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville officials seemed baffled at why an $8.45 million bond-issue referendum failed on Tuesday. Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas said he was "floored" by the meager support for the bond issue, which was planned to fund a new police station.

 

 

Our View: A sense of unease

Posted 9/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Three shooting deaths in a week. It's enough to make sure you lock your doors and stay inside at night. What's more frightening is not knowing if those killings are random acts of violence or targeted hits.

 

 

Our View: Government behind closed doors

Posted 9/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi's sunshine laws are meager when compared to other states. Certain personnel matters, for instance, are discussed in open session in Alabama and Tennessee. And the records are public.

 

 

Our View: Website offers look into county checkbook

Posted 9/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, Mississippi's Center for Public Policy launched a website offering easy access to how local tax dollars are spent. In a state where local governing bodies seem to have a cloudy view of sunshine laws, the site -- seethespending.org -- is a huge step forward.

 

 

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