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Our view: Zero tolerance or zero attendance?

Posted 8/30/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Municipal School District officials released a series of "zero tolerance'' rules concerning fan behavior this week in response to some altercations that occurred during Columbus High's Aug. 17 home game against Aberdeen.



Our view: When a child is sexually assaulted ...

Posted 8/28/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, a Lowndes County jury found Columbus businessman Benny Shelton guilty of sexual assault of a minor. The details of the case are -- quite naturally -- disturbing. And so was the conduct of Junior Eads, pastor of Eastview Baptist Church.



Our view: Tonight's opponent is indifference

Posted 8/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight marks the beginning of the high school football season, and it appears as though the weather will conspire to dampen, quite literally, the enthusiasm that generally adorns the occasion.



Our view: A neighbor we haven't met ...

Posted 8/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday was the first day of classes at Mississippi University for Women, but unless your travels brought you in close proximity to the picturesque campus down on College Street, the event likely escaped your notice.



Our view: The right way ...

Posted 8/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after the Columbus City Council demonstrated how not to make a key appointment, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to do it the right way.



Our view: Simply, Catfish Alley

Posted 8/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, family members of the late Sallie Mae Jones asked the Columbus City Council to change the name of the stretch of Fourth Street between Main Street and College Street to Sallie Mae Jones Catfish Alley.



Our view: Lowndes supes dance delicately with Silicor

Posted 8/7/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Lowndes County's relationship with Silicor Materials is not unlike that of a level-headed maiden being courted by a worldly suitor: Professions of undying love are all good and well. But at some point, she wants to see a ring.



Our view: A full-time approach to fire protection

Posted 8/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisor was not the first indication that it's time to take a serious look at how the county meets the needs of its residents where fire protection is concerned.



Our view: McQueen shows leadership 'on the streets'

Posted 7/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Selvain McQueen has yet to reach his one-year anniversary as the Columbus Police Department's chief. In any organization, gaining a full understanding of your environment, personnel, relationships takes time.



Our view: Bill Gates slept here ...

Posted 7/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.



Our view: Starkville Aldermen: Lead or push?

Posted 7/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The advantage leading has over pushing is that you are a lot less likely to get kicked when you lead. Over the past few months, it has sometimes been hard to determine where the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been in front of the issues or behind them.



Our view: In Caledonia, the cure is worse than the illness

Posted 7/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If the folk who run the town of Caledonia had divine powers, you suspect they would turn the blind man lame.



Our view: 'The better angels of our nature'

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It began in April of 1775 as an armed conflict by a small group of Colonists fighting for their rights as subjects to the British crown.



Our view: Is EMCC back in the Country Club mix?

Posted 7/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was the best plan 14 months ago. It remains the best plan today.



Our view: Health Care debate doesn't end with Court's ruling

Posted 6/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

There was good news and bad news for Conservatives on Thursday. The Bad News was that the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration's health care plan constitutional. The Good News is that the plan covers Conniption Fits.



Our view: Library's move to e-books a welcome step

Posted 6/27/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Public libraries serve many functions. One of those functions, symbolic in nature, is to uphold the traditions and history of its community. For older generations, there is something almost reverential about a library, particularly an old library. It provides a link from present to past. For book lovers, libraries are a comforting place.



Our view: Apology accepted, but please move on

Posted 6/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

It was never the motive, but the method. On Tuesday, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell issued a press release that dealt with the controversial early-release program.



Our view: How will CMSD respond to likely demise of early-release programs?

Posted 6/19/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Department of Education has decided to put an end to the early-release programs that some of the state's school districts have employed. The State Board of Education made its ruling last week. Friday, they announced there would be a 25-day period in which residents can state their view on the matter.



Our view: Upcoming concert reason to mark calendars for June 23

Posted 6/14/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus is fortunate to have many festivals, events and celebrations sprinkled liberally throughout the calendar year. Each plays a distinct role in helping Columbus develop and enhance a sense of community. We are at our best when we are together on such occasions, when the focus is not on the many things that often divide us, but on the interests and values that we share.



Our view: A crummy way to do business

Posted 6/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday night the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees pulled a fast one on the teachers and parents who came out to hear discussion on Superintendent Martha Liddell's proposal for "early dismissal Wednesdays" during the 2012-2013 school year.



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