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Our view: School uniforms not among most pressing issues facing schools

Posted 4/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.



Our view: Candidates forum: Looking for a reason to care ...

Posted 4/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."



Our view: A chance to hear the candidates

Posted 4/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.



Our view: New law won't guarantee school safety

Posted 4/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometime soon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program, which will allow the state's school districts to apply for money to hire armed resource officers.



Our view: Saturday: A great day to be out and about

Posted 4/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

We have it from somewhat reliable sources that Saturday will be an "S and S" day -- sunny and 70s. Finally, huh? If the forces that determine the weather hold up their end, the city of Columbus will certainly make good on its part of the bargain.



Our view: In praise of Mother Goose ...

Posted 4/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night, the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library announced their decision to name their endowment fund to enhance the library's childhood reading program for Edwina Williams, who is far better known as Mother Goose. This had to be the easiest choice in the whole history of choosing.



Our view: Something we can agree on....

Posted 3/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's announcement that Columbus Air Force Base is bringing back its Fourth of July fireworks show is something everyone can agree is a good thing.



Our view: Creative funding now needed for Juneteenth Festival

Posted 3/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.



Our view: Man's capacity for inhumanity made vivid in Steubenville rape case

Posted 3/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the few days since the guilty verdict came down in what is generally known as "The Steubenville Rape Case," the crime and its aftermath have generated all sorts of discussions, issues and debates.



Our view: Only in Mississippi: A bill to make schools less safe ...

Posted 3/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives sent back to the Senate a bill that would arm teachers. Before sending it over, the House, by a 70-46 vote, amended the Senate's bill in two major ways. Actually, the House did more than amend it. They neutered it.



Our view: An idea worth stealing

Posted 3/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, Columbus might be wise to toss a few bouquets in the direction of Starkville.



Our view: Prude's parting gift

Posted 3/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

That Tommy Prude would gorge one last time at the public trough that the Columbus Municipal School District has become should hardly rate as a surprise among those who have been paying any attention at all to the machinations of the school board under his misguided leadership.



Our view: MERIT program has, uh, merit.....

Posted 3/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Few stories have produced the number of comments as did Tuesday's report on a plan in the Lowndes County School District to suspend the MERIT program for its seventh and eighth-grade students.



Our view: Mississippi is in the news -- for something good

Posted 3/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, when Mississippi makes national news -- especially of late -- it is not the sort of notoriety we welcome. When "Mississippi" is mentioned on the national stage, our first impulse is to wince, waiting for the latest lunacy that is certain to follow.



Our View: What's good for the goose ...

Posted 3/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday morning, Dispatch crime reporter Sarah Fowler attempted to reach Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen to comment on fund-raising efforts for one of his investigators, Kelvin Lee, who has cancer.



Our view: Let's hear it for government secrecy!

Posted 2/28/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine, if you will, that a state legislator was promoting a bill that would allow the government to collect information on its citizens and hide it from the public. What do you suppose the reaction would be?



Our view: Pass out the paper bags

Posted 2/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials



Our view: Gun buyback program: All boom, no bust

Posted 2/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Police Department's gun buyback program succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination. Even among the program's detractors, there is no question that the program exceeded expectations.



Our view: Carver Drive residents benefit from approach of campaign season

Posted 2/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For years, Carver Drive residents have complained about the foul smells emanating from a nearby drainage ditch. The politics of the issue have produced an equally offensive aroma.



Our view: Choice of Verdell an encouraging step on the path to progress

Posted 2/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council had four choices for one position on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees. But really, it came down to two choices: maintaining the status quo that has seen our schools slide toward failure or taking a path forward.



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