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Our View: Finding a balance

Posted 7/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, by a 3-2 vote, selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its new superintendent of schools. We congratulate Hickman, welcome him to the city and look forward to hearing his plans for the district.

 

 

Our View: Open communications? We're all for it

Posted 7/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

For its part, the board focused mainly on soliciting the council's help in securing grants, maintaining infrastructure around its schools and exploring ways to turn vacant school-owned facilities such as the Magnolia Bowl and Lee Middle School in revenue-producing sites.

 

 

Our View: Independence Day: Are we worthy?

Posted 7/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today as we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, our attention naturally turns to the Founding Fathers, those great patriots who fashioned this unique republic.

 

 

Our View: The costs of a peaceful silence

Posted 7/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

We Americans have readily fulfilled John Adams' exhortation, in a letter to his wife, that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells. Bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ... "

 

 

Our View: Choosing a school superintendent

Posted 7/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met for a second round of interviews with its two superintendent finalists.

 

 

Our View: Soccer's popularity continues to grow

Posted 7/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This afternoon, the United States plays Belgium in the World Cup. A win would send the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the modern era. In three matches, the USA's success has been met with growing enthusiasm in a nation where football -- American football, that is -- reigns supreme.

 

 

Our View: Reading to your children: It's never too soon

Posted 6/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When should parents begin reading to their children? Research says it's never too soon.

 

Our View: On the cutting edge with Aurora

Posted 6/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It's not often that Mississippi finds itself on the cutting edge. More often than not, new ideas, technologies, fashions and fads seem to arrive here after a bit of a lag.

 

Our View: Vote for Cochran on Tuesday

Posted 6/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters will again go to the polls across the state to determine the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Thad Cochran faces tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Tuesday runoff with the winner facing former U.S. Representative Travis Childers in the November general election.

 

 

Our View: Why Juneteenth matters

Posted 6/20/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend, Starkville will join Columbus in celebrating Juneteenth, an event which remains one of the great paradoxes in American history: It is a significant moment in our history, yet few events of its magnitude have received less attention.

 

 

Our View: A bold proposal

Posted 6/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Wednesday, at the Golden Triangle Development LINK's quarterly meeting, plans for the construction of a building currently called the Communiversity were revealed.

 

 

Our View: City council strikes another blow against open government

Posted 6/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Some concepts are just hard to grasp. For example, can anyone really explain what Higgs boson is? Other ideas are easier to absorb. Or at least, they should be.

 

 

Our View: Give, but do your homework first

Posted 6/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week the Tampa Times released the results of a study on what it calls "America's Worst Charities." Fifty charities were on the list, which you can find at http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/.

 

 

Our View: Finally, the Rebels have their day

Posted 6/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

"Every dog has its day," goes the old saying. Finally, every Rebel does, too.

 

 

Our View: Old habits are hard to break

Posted 6/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

You know you have a habit when you preform the behavior even without thinking about it. Case in point: Columbus city government.

 

 

Our View: A question of leadership

Posted 6/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When the state charter school authorizing board rejected a Columbus group's plans to open a charter school on Monday, we could not help but notice the irony found in the board's reasoning.

 

 

Our view: Cochran is the clear choice

Posted 5/31/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: An ounce of prevention

Posted 5/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Benjamin Franklin was right, of course: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

 

Our View: Where's the list?

Posted 5/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During its May 20 meeting, the Columbus City Council voted to table a proposal to pursue $5 million bond to improve the city's infrastructure, money used primarily for street paving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.

 

 

Our View: Lowndes County has a real stake in food stamp debate

Posted 5/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the use of food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has revealed an interesting paradox in Lowndes County.

 

 

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