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Hold your fire

Posted 12/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The beginning of a new year is cause for reflection and celebration. Some welcome the calendar change quietly, others will greet 2011 with all the noise they can muster. For a misguided few, this means the discharging of firearms.

 

 

Stop hunting near the Riverwalk

Posted 12/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

We thought all we had to worry about were Columbus policemen in Ghille suits. It turns out there are even more people with lethal weapons lurking in the woods along the Riverwalk.

 

 

How's this for a lump of coal: $3 a gallon gas

Posted 12/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Odds are that Santa's going to bring us an unwelcome present this Christmas: $3 a gallon gas. Thursday in Columbus, prices were ranging from $2.81 to $2.99 for a gallon of regular gas, according to gasbuddy.com.

 

 

A common-sense approach to teacher pay

Posted 12/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Two Columbus elementary schools are part of a new teacher-pay model the state Department of Education is touting as new and innovative. And the fact that the program is considered new and innovative speaks volumes about Mississippi schools.

 

 

Open your hearts, and wallets, to the needy this year

Posted 12/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The season of giving is upon us. Unfortunately, in a nation wracked by recession and many of us struggling just to make our own ends meet, charitable giving is down.

 

 

Goodbye, James, and thank you

Posted 12/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis is leaving for bigger things, moving on to the DeKalb County, Ga., Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

Don't sacrifice quality of new soccer park

Posted 12/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Bids for the proposed soccer park in Burns Bottom show that quality isn't cheap. But as the county forges ahead with the project, we urge them to keep their focus on quality -- and to explore every available funding o

 

 

Stay safe this holiday season

Posted 12/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The shopping season is in full swing, and with it comes an inevitable uptick in thefts and scams.

 

 

Rewrite the tourism ordinance

Posted 12/4/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

New drama erupted around the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau this past week, with Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders proposing that the county vacate its four board appointments to the board, and make new ones.

 

 

We love a parade

Posted 12/3/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Is it Christmas already? It's getting there. New evidence will come marching down local streets over the next few days, as Christmas parades bring our communities out.

 

 

Columbus should move forward with annexation plan

Posted 12/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to annexation, the city of Columbus is caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the heavy costs associated with providing services to new city areas.

 

 

Keep politics off of CVB board

Posted 12/1/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The all-out war that erupted several weeks ago between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau appears to have moved into a period of cold war.

 

 

Congrats to the bowling Bulldogs

Posted 11/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Few things are less predictable than college football. In Mississippi, the home team historically wins the Egg Bowl, the annual battle between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This year, the game was played in Oxford. Yet the Golden Egg is still in Starkville.

 

 

Our view: Turkey, not texting, on Thanksgiving

Posted 11/24/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say "Thanksgiving" and the traditional Norman Rockwell painting comes to mind, with the family gathered in anticipation around a bountiful table as Dad prepares to carve the turkey. Others may think of the first Thanksgiving, with English settlers and American Indians coming together to break bread.

 

 

A bounty of charity this Thanksgiving

Posted 11/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Local school kids are out today for the Thanksgiving break. Families are either making plans to travel, or stocking up for visitors, or preparing for a quiet celebration of the holidays at home. Now is also the time that many of us are also looking, in earnest, beyond our own needs.

 

 

This Thanksgiving, thank a teacher

Posted 11/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

If Lowndes County's teachers were to emit a warm glow, the Mississippi University for Women campus would have been bright as the sun Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Mississippi should end corporal punishment

Posted 11/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us who saw or read recent news reports about a Jackson high school basketball coach who whipped players with a weightlifting belt were shocked, but few of us should be surprised. Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools -- an outdated practice that needs to come to an end.

 

 

Jury duty an opportunity to serve, to observe

Posted 11/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

With Circuit Court in full swing in Lowndes County, we're reminded of one of the civic responsibilities, most all of us are called upon to perform from time to time -- jury duty.

 

 

School superintendents face tough challenges

Posted 11/12/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The departure of Steve Montgomery as West Point Schools superintendent after four years is lamentable, but right on schedule, according to recent education studies.

 

 

Thank you, veterans

Posted 11/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

They walk among us, most of the time unnoticed. But they're different than us. They are the combat veterans of the U.S. military.

 

 

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