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Our view: After the storm, challenges remain for CMSD

Posted 6/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The storm is over. Now the clean-up begins. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees fired superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Monday, whose bid to retain her seat by the only means apparently available -- turning the issue into a matter of race and gender -- failed in light of the facts that demonstrated clear examples of misconduct.



Our view: Celebrate Father's Day, if you insist ...

Posted 6/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday is Father's Day or, as the nation's florists like to call it, "vacation." If Father's Day does not typically produce the depth of emotion that always accompanies Mother's Day, it should not be taken as proof that moms are more loved or more important than dads.



Our View: Content, not color

Posted 6/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board ended in much the same fashion as the special meeting held last week: Nothing was done. But much happened.



Our view: CMSD Board: A lack of institutional control?

Posted 6/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In college athletics, when evidence emerges that a coach has committed serious offenses, the NCAA (the governing body of college athletics) focuses its attention not only on the coach and the athletic department, but on the university's administration as well. The most serious finding that can result in these cases is something the NCAA calls "lack of institutional control," a charge that ensures the harshest of penalties.



Our view: More plowshares, fewer swords

Posted 6/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When the increasingly infamous sequester officially began in March, the sky did not fall. Well, it didn't fall right away.



Our view: Elvis would be proud of his cousin's compassion

Posted 6/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Brandon Presley has a ceiling he will never break through: He will never be Lee County's MPP (Most Popular Presley).



Our view: Voting: a right, an obligation, an opportunity

Posted 6/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials



Our view: At long last, CMSD Board exerts its authority

Posted 5/30/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Three months ago, when Angela Verdell was appointed to the Columbus Municipal School Board to replace Tommy Prude, there was a feeling the dynamic of the school board would change -- and for the better.



Our view: Removal of ban on gay Scouts signals broad shift in public opinion

Posted 5/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Some day, when the perspective of time permits a dispassionate view of what is now called the Gay Rights Movement, May 23, 2013, will stand as one of its milestone moments.



Our view: The scrutiny democracy demands and the public deserves

Posted 5/22/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

At Tuesday night's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins expressed frustration with local media over coverage of the Starkville Parks Commission's recent budget woes. A recent audit found the SPC's maintenance budget of $180,000 had only $12.35 left in it, with six months left to go in the year.



Our view: CVB ethics policy a welcome development

Posted 5/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Is there anything that's not been said about the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and its policy of funding festivals organized and orchestrated by elected officials and board members?



Our view: Sistrunk is the obvious choice in Starkville

Posted 5/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the remaining city council and alderman seats will be decided in Columbus and Starkville.



Our view: CMSD motto: 'I don't know'

Posted 5/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.



Our view: School Board's lack of resolve on uniforms consistent with past reversals

Posted 5/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.



Our view: Mother's Day

Posted 5/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday, as you had better know by now, is Mother's Day. Although motherhood has been celebrated throughout the world in some form or fashion since the beginning of humanity, the American version of the holiday is a relatively recent development.



Our view: Stupid: City wades into festival quagmire

Posted 5/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.



Our view: Getting in shape as citizens

Posted 5/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Elections are like muscles: They're not much use unless you exercise them. Today across the Golden Triangle, voters have the opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans.



Our view: Pursuit policies should not be a secret

Posted 4/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.



Our view: West Point -- A glimmer of hope on the horizon ...

Posted 4/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.



Our view: Thank you, Big Brother ...

Posted 4/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of posting surveillance cameras in public places was considered as some sort of Orwellian nightmare come true as fears emerged of an ubiquitous "Big Brother" spying on the activities of law-abiding citizens.



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