DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Weather alert systems for county deserve consideration

Posted 10/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

With the emergence of enhanced technology such as GPS and satellite tracking, today's weather forecasters can provide far more specific and timely information on storms.

 

 

Our View: City's nepotism policy produces unintended consequences

Posted 10/10/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Bad policies make for bad outcomes.

 

 

Our View: New policies needed for the 'new' Trotter

Posted 10/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

With the $2 million Trotter Center renovation set to be completed by the end of the year, the Columbus City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to raise rates for the facility by 20-to-25 percent, depending on which facilities are booked.

 

Our View: Downtown Columbus, then and now

Posted 10/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Fifth Street in Columbus was not only an interesting place; it was downright dangerous.

 

Our View: Old Waverly's importance goes beyond golf

Posted 9/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Attendance was sparse and it still takes some effort to get to West Point. Yet the 2014 IPSI Handa Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that features 24 of the world's best senior women golfers competing in a U.S. vs. World format, was pronounced a rousing success, especially among those who matter most - the players.

 

 

MSU, Ole Miss capture national spotlight

Posted 9/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Is it Saturday yet? When Mississippi State and Ole Miss play home games Saturday, it will mark something that has not happened in more than 60 years.

 

 

Our View: Police should exercise restraint, good judgment in pursuits

Posted 9/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The chase is on. Columbus Police Department Chief Tony Carleton has established a new policy that applies to police pursuits of fleeing suspects. It is more accurate to say Carleton is actually implementing the department's existing policy rather than establishing a new one.

 

 

Our View: The casualties of war

Posted 9/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening marked the end of a battle that should never have been fought. Among the casualties were the credibility of a few Starkville aldermen and lots and lots of hurt feelings on both sides of this minor, irrelevant and unnecessary skirmish of The Culture Wars.

 

 

Our View: Win over LSU puts MSU in spotlight

Posted 9/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

So far, so very good. Although it hardly rates as "breaking news," Mississippi State's 34-29 win over eighth-ranked LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge is certain to remain a hot topic in these parts for at least another week.

 

 

OUR VIEW: Win over LSU puts MSU in spotlight

Posted 9/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

MSU's win over LSU Saturday was both historical and meaningful.

 

 

Our View: City right to revise ordinance

Posted 9/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance to address public safety issues at privately-held events in the city, no one could argue with the motives.

 

 

Our View: Spare the rod?

Posted 9/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In recent weeks, The National Football League has stimulated many conversations around the county, none of them involving football.

 

 

Our View: Onward and upward at MUW

Posted 9/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.

 

 

Our View: Cochran should agree to debate

Posted 9/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.

 

 

Our View: Legal? Yes. Ethical? Not quite.

Posted 9/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.

 

 

Our View: Starkville's insurance plan makes sense

Posted 9/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the city of Starkville's last regular meeting, the board of aldermen voted to implement a "plus-one" insurance plan which, among other things, allows a city employee to add another adult to their health insurance policy.

 

 

Our View: Jack Cristil signs off

Posted 9/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Jim Ellis has delivered the play-by-play descriptions of Mississippi State football since 2012 and has been part of the MSU broadcast team for more than 30years, but not even Ellis would dare call himself the "Voice of the Bulldogs."

 

 

Our View: Terry Brown will be missed

Posted 9/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Terry Brown was first diagnosed with cancer last year, our sadness was tempered by the hope he would ultimately win this fight and that it would soon be just another colorful story added to his repertoire. After all, the question, "Do you feel like talking?" was the ultimate silly question when posed to Brown, who has served his native Lowndes County in state government since 1988, most recently as Senate Pro Tempore.

 

Our View: Musgrove makes case for MAEP lawsuit

Posted 9/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove met with The Dispatch editorial board on Wednesday to promote a lawsuit that would force the state to compensate school districts for the amount of money they have been under-funded since 2010.

 

Our View: FEMA shelters are stairways to nowhere

Posted 9/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, 72 storm shelters have been built in Mississippi using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money.

 

 

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