DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Race relations?

Posted 7/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's 2011. That statement quite often is used to illustrate how far we've come in technology, education and as a democracy.

 

 

Our view: Our American democracy

Posted 7/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Tomorrow it will be 235 years since King George III wrote in his diary, "Nothing important happened today." Maybe from his vantage point in London that was the case, but 3,000 miles to the west, a group of feisty colonists were embarking on an experiment in self-government. It was like nothing ever done before or since, a government by the people, for the people and of the people. Self-rule.

 

 

A Saturday Dispatch

Posted 7/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's Saturday morning and, lo and behold, there's a freshly delivered Dispatch out on the driveway. Welcome to the first Saturday edition of The Dispatch.

 

 

Our View: Making a meaningful difference in the lives of children

Posted 6/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In the last month, we have been dizzied by a seemingly endless stream of youth summits and "motivational" drivel.

 

 

Our View: A troubling campaign

Posted 6/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have your eye on the Columbus Municipal School District lately, you might think the superintendent position is up for election.

 

 

Our View: Page One crime

Posted 6/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Recently, the newspaper has received criticism for prominently featuring violent crime stories, particularly a story about a Columbus man who attacked another with a machete.

 

 

Our View: Teach your children to swim

Posted 6/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Every year, more than 830 children, ages 14 and under, drown. During the summer months, the time of year when we're most likely to be in the water, drowning deaths among children spike by a rate of 89 percent over the rest of the year, according to safekids.org.

 

 

Our View: Freedom of expression and the Westboro Baptists

Posted 6/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As deplorable as the thought is of the Westboro Baptists yelling inflammatory messages at the funeral of Army Sgt. Christopher Bell, who was killed in the service of our country, it is just as sobering to think this message could be stifled just because we may disagree with them.

 

 

Our View: Children need more than a sermon

Posted 6/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's become an often-expressed sentiment. Still, it's no less true: Children today are facing harsh realities we wouldn't have imagined even a decade ago.

 

 

Our View: A program that should be continued

Posted 6/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2009, we challenged Columbus schools to implement an innovative 11-month "success calendar" at all five of its elementary schools, rather than just two.

 

 

Our View: Smoke detectors save lives

Posted 6/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Eighty people died in fires in Mississippi last year. Only in two of those incidents were there smoke detectors. In one of those cases, it is unknown whether the detector was working.

 

 

Our View: Council should put more effort in board appointments

Posted 6/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's questionable when any elected official says he made a weighty decision simply because someone asked him nicely.

 

 

Birney Imes: A short drive to an earlier time

Posted 6/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

By 8:30 Saturday morning Beth and I were coffeed up and headed east on 82. Our destination: Gordo, AL, for the town's annual celebration of the mule and the chicken, Mule Day Chicken Fest.

 

 

Our View: News makes us wonder, are we safe?

Posted 6/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Over in Starkville, they've got the knives out. The city was rocked by two stabbings on Tuesday. The one that caught everyone's attention was the 6 a.m. attempted robbery at Shipley Donuts, which is nestled in a popular, busy strip mall along Highway 12.

 

 

Our opinion: Summer resolutions: Teach the kids, and get out and about

Posted 6/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is here. Inevitably, some of our kids will experience a slide -- and we're not talking about the Slip 'n' Dip.

 

 

Our opinon: Remember the real meaning of Memorial Day

Posted 5/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

But before we set off on our Memorial Day weekend, we should all pause to remember this number: 1,344,000.

 

 

Our View: Freshmen: Choose your major wisely--and buckle down

Posted 5/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A new crop of college graduates is entering the workforce. On their heels are a fresh crop of college freshmen.

 

 

Our View: Search far and wide, not just close to home

Posted 5/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Change is afoot, and Columbus is facing some critical decisions that promise to shape the city, for better or worse, for years to come.

 

 

Our View: It's about time: The CVB needs an official attorney

Posted 5/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

They're not there yet. But they took a step in the right direction.

 

 

Our opinion: What was the tourism board thinking?

Posted 5/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're not attorneys. But it doesn't take one to see that recent actions by the board were unethical, if not illegal. State law agrees.

 

 

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