DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our opinion: Soccer park project off to a good start

Posted 3/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Charlie Box: Takes issue with Magby Creek editorial

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As councilman for Ward 3, I feel compelled to write in protest to your editorial in Friday's paper, "Taming Magby Creek Too Costly." I have always been a fan of the paper, but in the last few months I have watched as editorial after editorial depicts me and my fellow city councilmen as a bunch of incompetents with no idea of what we are doing.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Dismayed by behavior of supervisor

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

I am enlightened but dismayed after having attended a Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday. It was my first since returning to Columbus, my hometown. I had heard and read in the newspaper about rowdy and disruptive meetings and the concern that at times no progress could be made because of it, even on important issues. So I decided to attend a meeting to see for myself; they are open to the public.

 

 

Our View: Taming Magby Creek too costly

Posted 3/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Heavy rains swept through Columbus and west Alabama earlier this week, which led to the inevitable. Magby Creek in North Columbus overflowed. Runoff ditches along Tuscaloosa Road weren't able to hold all the water. Fields and streets filled with water. Roads and homes in the Masonic subdivision flooded.

 

 

Our View: Build a more attractive Columbus

Posted 3/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On the demographic surveys that retailers use to build new stores and restaurants, Columbus looks surprisingly similar to other Mississippi cities.

 

 

Our View: Cadence's best possible option

Posted 3/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence Bank began its new life as a private concern this week. Its sale to investment firm Community Bancorp is officially inked, its stock pulled from the market, and its board reshuffled and stacked with Texas-based CBC officers.

 

 

Our view: A building with a shaky foundation

Posted 3/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office in the almost-finished new building behind the Tennessee Williams Home is apparently in limbo, with the county balking at the price tag.

 

 

Our view: A West Point boy that could

Posted 3/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Gray Swoope's successes in Mississippi have been noticed nationwide, and that's bad news for us, but great news for him.

 

 

Our view: City, county right to stay out of strike

Posted 3/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Unions are having it tough all over. We've seen the battles in Wisconsin and other states over public employee unions and collective bargaining rights, which allow workers to sit at the table and negotiate wages and benefits.

 

 

Our view: The sweet sights -- and sounds -- of spring

Posted 3/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In these parts, the sounds of spring include more than birds chirping and bees buzzing. The sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans jazz, and even orchestra arrangements will fill the air -- punctuated by a shout of "Stella!" or two.

 

 

Our view: A decent education starts at home

Posted 2/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's crunch time for some high school seniors across the state -- 11 percent of them, to be exact, who may spend another year in 12th grade if they can't pass the state's standardized tests.

 

 

Our view: Barbour should confront state's past head-on

Posted 2/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Will there ever be a president from Mississippi? Maybe someday, but it would take a Herculean effort, which Gov. Haley Barbour is discovering. Unfortunately for Barbour, our reputation precedes us. We're the place where Medgar Evers was shot and Emmitt Till was lynched, where three civil rights workers were buried in a Neshoba County levee, where students and townspeople rioted in Oxford to keep Ole Miss lily white.

 

 

Our View: A sign of the times: Along the Riverwalk, you're being watched

Posted 2/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As the weather turns warmer, more of us are getting outside. Those of us shaking off the cobwebs of winter and taking in some exercise along the Riverwalk have noticed more than the signs of spring emerging.

 

 

Our view: Nathan Bedford Forrest plate a shameful idea

Posted 2/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

To the rest of the world, the idea is beyond ironic. It's incredulous. Mississippi, 150 years almost to the day after it seceded from the union, is considering putting Nathan Bedford Forrest on a license plate.

 

 

Our view: Get out in your garden

Posted 2/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe the groundhog was right. We were muttering under our breaths in subfreezing temperatures, trudging through four inches of ice and snow, just a week ago. But maybe we'll have an early spring after all.

 

 

Our view: Our collective past

Posted 2/16/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A phrase used by Donna Stark in a Local Voices piece in Monday's Dispatch has caused a stir among our reader-bloggers.

 

Our view: Where's global warming when we need it?

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have a hard time remembering when a sunny day felt so cold in Columbus. We were emboldened Thursday afternoon, encouraged by the clouds parting and the snow dripping slowly off the rooftops. But looks were deceiving.

 

Our View: With drama over, assess tourism priorities

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears city and county leaders have found common ground over the makeup of the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The council voted in a special meeting to follow the lead of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, with each body appointing two industry-specific members and one at-large member.

 

 

Our view: City needs a better plan for its planner

Posted 2/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus' latest attempt to forge a comprehensive city plan died Thursday with the resignation of Patricia Southerland, who had occupied the new position of city planner for just five months.

 

 

Our view: Politics and potholes don't mix

Posted 2/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Does anyone remember Operation Pretense? That was the name of big Mississippi FBI sting back in the 1980s, which ended with the convictions of 55 county supervisors on bribery and corruption charges.

 

 

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