DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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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.

 

 

Our opinion: Tourism board's open meetings violations disturbing

Posted 5/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Where are our heroes in Lowndes County? We know there is a shortage of heroes on the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has made what appear to be some clear-cut violations of the state's Open Meetings Act.

 

 

Our opinion: Let's learn our lessons from New Hope

Posted 5/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's in the water in New Hope? The unincorporated community east of Columbus in Lowndes County has had its share of controversy in recent weeks.

 

 

Our view: A historic treasure gone, with little explanation

Posted 5/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Friendship House belongs to the ages. The home, built in 1890, was razed to the ground Wednesday by its owner, First Baptist Church. Back hoes and dump trucks were on the property mere hours after a deadline expired set by the church, which was offering the home for $1 to anyone who would move it.

 

 

Our opinion: Give an audience to this church's theater plan

Posted 5/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Varsity Theater is an eyesore. The empty cinema, abandoned by Malco when it opened its new multiplex on Highway 45 near Kmart, has sat dormant for years.

 

 

Our opinion: A picture-perfect market Street Festival

Posted 5/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Laughter, friendship, reconnecting with family and old friends -- and a party atmosphere. Those are emotional, intangible benefits of the festival.

 

 

Columbus leaders: End the volunteer overtime system

Posted 5/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus is halfway through its 2011 fiscal year, and voted this week to nearly double the amount of overtime it pays its police officers -- adding $150,000 to the $200,000 it already had budgeted.

 

 

Our opinion: Trouble in Hazzard County

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We know that in the real world, police work is serious business. Accidents happen. But sometimes, considering recent events, we wonder if we're living in Hazzard County.

 

 

Our opinion: Starkville's school board has lost credibility

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.

 

 

Our View: It's our Katrina, and it isn't

Posted 5/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.

 

 

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