DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Starkville and EMCC playing for championships; we wish them well

Posted 12/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

By Saturday night, the entire state will feel the sting of the Yellow Jackets. And Arizona will know why the Lion is the king.

 

 

Our View: Welcome aboard, Dr. Borsig

Posted 12/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday was quite a party for Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Our View: Help Wanted

Posted 11/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We are a community of interims. Columbus has an interim police chief, university president and school superintendent. Starkville also has an interim superintendent of education. Today, we expect Mississippi University for Women to be the first of these ships to name a full-time captain.

 

 

Our View: The enemy is us* (and Congress)

Posted 11/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Pizza is a vegetable. (Thank you, Congress.) And if your child gets too fat, he or she might end up a ward of the state. (Thank you, state of Ohio.)

 

 

Our View: Thanks for all our reasons to be optimistic

Posted 11/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: What if we gave a party and no one came?

Posted 11/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What if there were four guests invited to this party, and three of them had to travel long distances at their own expense? Not to run this analogy into the ground, but what if only one of the guests can be assured of having a good time at this party?

 

 

Our View: A new president for The W

Posted 11/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Her eyes were nothing like the sun. The roses had faded from her cheeks. But for time and place, two years ago, Mississippi University for Women could have been the not-so-fair maiden of a Shakespearean sonnet.

 

 

Our View: The new CVB

Posted 11/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past several months, dark clouds have loomed over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. We've taken the board to task on multiple occasions, questioning their transparency, the manner in which they selected their director and the lack of a clearly articulated mission.

 

 

Our view: Saint Alma

Posted 11/16/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It was what every parent would want a school to be.

 

 

Our View: One who served

Posted 11/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On Nov. 7, an American hero died. In the heyday of The Greatest Generation, we knew what heroes were. We knew what service was. Priorities were different. Times were simpler. Choices were clear.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Newspapers tell our history

Posted 11/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

People have often asked me where I find some of the little known events of history that I have written about. The answer is easy: The newspaper. Accounts of the settlement of what is now Mississippi have been published since articles on the French colony at Biloxi first appeared in French and English papers in 1699.

 

 

Our view: Time for voters to do their part

Posted 11/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: George vs. the aldermen

Posted 11/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Caledonia, the little town that could, can at times be a fractious place. At least that's the case where the board of aldermen and its sometimes contentious mayor, George Gerhart, are concerned.

 

 

Our view: The rush to judgment

Posted 11/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday Sam Lathrop, of late the police chief of Beloit, Wis., sent an email to Columbus HR Director Pat Mitchell asking her to remove his name from the list of those under consideration for the the city's police chief.

 

 

OUR VIEW: Stay calm, stay the course

Posted 10/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Contrary to what Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box would have you believe, the sky is not falling. At least not as far as the Columbus police chief search is concerned. During a special- called council meeting on Tuesday Box referred to some of the candidates as "losers."

 

 

OUR VIEW: Behind the scenes in the search for a police chief

Posted 10/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Several weeks ago when the mayor asked me to serve on the committee to help with the police chief selection, I asked him to let me think it over. As a newspaper publisher, my first responsibility is to see the public gets a fair, accurate and unvarnished report through every step of the process. Would my involvement compromise our ability to do that or the public's perception of the impartiality of our reporting?

 

 

Our view: Lowndes schools reaching for the stars

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Last year, Lowndes County School District was considered successful based on its state test scores and other measures. This year, the district moved up in ranking to high performing, which means the district outperformed averages on the national report card.

 

 

Our View: Chief search offers new challenges

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening the names of the top five candidates for the Columbus Police Chief were announced at the city council meeting. One of the five was interim chief Selvain McQueen. The name of another, Nathaniel Clark of Albany, Ga., may ring a bell with some. Clark was a finalist in the 2007 search that resulted in Joe St. John being named chief.

 

 

Our View: The weekend offers autumn festivals for every interest

Posted 10/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

There are signs. A welcome cool ushers away the summer heat as crisp mornings and evenings call for sweaters. The first leaves begin to brighten. And suddenly fall has tip-toed in

 

 

Our View: The search continues

Posted 10/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.

 

 

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