DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our opinion: OK, we're not joking: Put down the soda

Posted 3/31/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We wish this was an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: Each Mississippian, on average, consumes 82 gallons of soda per year.

 

 

Our opinion: Enjoy a helping of Catfish Alley

Posted 3/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: Jump on board the Starkville charrette

Posted 3/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: Cast an educated vote for school superintendent

Posted 3/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: A development worth checking out and checking in

Posted 3/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: State's dropout rate a tough problem to solve

Posted 3/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: Soccer park project off to a good start

Posted 3/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Charlie Box: Takes issue with Magby Creek editorial

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As councilman for Ward 3, I feel compelled to write in protest to your editorial in Friday's paper, "Taming Magby Creek Too Costly." I have always been a fan of the paper, but in the last few months I have watched as editorial after editorial depicts me and my fellow city councilmen as a bunch of incompetents with no idea of what we are doing.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Dismayed by behavior of supervisor

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

I am enlightened but dismayed after having attended a Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday. It was my first since returning to Columbus, my hometown. I had heard and read in the newspaper about rowdy and disruptive meetings and the concern that at times no progress could be made because of it, even on important issues. So I decided to attend a meeting to see for myself; they are open to the public.

 

 

Our View: Taming Magby Creek too costly

Posted 3/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Heavy rains swept through Columbus and west Alabama earlier this week, which led to the inevitable. Magby Creek in North Columbus overflowed. Runoff ditches along Tuscaloosa Road weren't able to hold all the water. Fields and streets filled with water. Roads and homes in the Masonic subdivision flooded.

 

 

Our View: Build a more attractive Columbus

Posted 3/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On the demographic surveys that retailers use to build new stores and restaurants, Columbus looks surprisingly similar to other Mississippi cities.

 

 

Our View: Cadence's best possible option

Posted 3/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence Bank began its new life as a private concern this week. Its sale to investment firm Community Bancorp is officially inked, its stock pulled from the market, and its board reshuffled and stacked with Texas-based CBC officers.

 

 

Our view: A building with a shaky foundation

Posted 3/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office in the almost-finished new building behind the Tennessee Williams Home is apparently in limbo, with the county balking at the price tag.

 

 

Our view: A West Point boy that could

Posted 3/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Gray Swoope's successes in Mississippi have been noticed nationwide, and that's bad news for us, but great news for him.

 

 

Our view: City, county right to stay out of strike

Posted 3/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Unions are having it tough all over. We've seen the battles in Wisconsin and other states over public employee unions and collective bargaining rights, which allow workers to sit at the table and negotiate wages and benefits.

 

 

Our view: The sweet sights -- and sounds -- of spring

Posted 3/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In these parts, the sounds of spring include more than birds chirping and bees buzzing. The sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans jazz, and even orchestra arrangements will fill the air -- punctuated by a shout of "Stella!" or two.

 

 

Our view: A decent education starts at home

Posted 2/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's crunch time for some high school seniors across the state -- 11 percent of them, to be exact, who may spend another year in 12th grade if they can't pass the state's standardized tests.

 

 

Our view: Barbour should confront state's past head-on

Posted 2/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Will there ever be a president from Mississippi? Maybe someday, but it would take a Herculean effort, which Gov. Haley Barbour is discovering. Unfortunately for Barbour, our reputation precedes us. We're the place where Medgar Evers was shot and Emmitt Till was lynched, where three civil rights workers were buried in a Neshoba County levee, where students and townspeople rioted in Oxford to keep Ole Miss lily white.

 

 

Our View: A sign of the times: Along the Riverwalk, you're being watched

Posted 2/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As the weather turns warmer, more of us are getting outside. Those of us shaking off the cobwebs of winter and taking in some exercise along the Riverwalk have noticed more than the signs of spring emerging.

 

 

Our view: Nathan Bedford Forrest plate a shameful idea

Posted 2/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

To the rest of the world, the idea is beyond ironic. It's incredulous. Mississippi, 150 years almost to the day after it seceded from the union, is considering putting Nathan Bedford Forrest on a license plate.

 

 

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