DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our view: Elvis would be proud of his cousin's compassion

Posted 6/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Brandon Presley has a ceiling he will never break through: He will never be Lee County's MPP (Most Popular Presley).

 

 

Our view: Voting: a right, an obligation, an opportunity

Posted 6/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: At long last, CMSD Board exerts its authority

Posted 5/30/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Three months ago, when Angela Verdell was appointed to the Columbus Municipal School Board to replace Tommy Prude, there was a feeling the dynamic of the school board would change -- and for the better.

 

 

Our view: Removal of ban on gay Scouts signals broad shift in public opinion

Posted 5/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Some day, when the perspective of time permits a dispassionate view of what is now called the Gay Rights Movement, May 23, 2013, will stand as one of its milestone moments.

 

 

Our view: The scrutiny democracy demands and the public deserves

Posted 5/22/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

At Tuesday night's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins expressed frustration with local media over coverage of the Starkville Parks Commission's recent budget woes. A recent audit found the SPC's maintenance budget of $180,000 had only $12.35 left in it, with six months left to go in the year.

 

 

Our view: CVB ethics policy a welcome development

Posted 5/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Is there anything that's not been said about the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and its policy of funding festivals organized and orchestrated by elected officials and board members?

 

 

Our view: Sistrunk is the obvious choice in Starkville

Posted 5/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the remaining city council and alderman seats will be decided in Columbus and Starkville.

 

 

Our view: CMSD motto: 'I don't know'

Posted 5/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.

 

 

Our view: School Board's lack of resolve on uniforms consistent with past reversals

Posted 5/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.

 

 

Our view: Mother's Day

Posted 5/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday, as you had better know by now, is Mother's Day. Although motherhood has been celebrated throughout the world in some form or fashion since the beginning of humanity, the American version of the holiday is a relatively recent development.

 

 

Our view: Stupid: City wades into festival quagmire

Posted 5/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.

 

 

Our view: Getting in shape as citizens

Posted 5/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Elections are like muscles: They're not much use unless you exercise them. Today across the Golden Triangle, voters have the opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans.

 

 

Our view: Pursuit policies should not be a secret

Posted 4/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.

 

 

Our view: West Point -- A glimmer of hope on the horizon ...

Posted 4/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.

 

 

Our view: Thank you, Big Brother ...

Posted 4/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of posting surveillance cameras in public places was considered as some sort of Orwellian nightmare come true as fears emerged of an ubiquitous "Big Brother" spying on the activities of law-abiding citizens.

 

 

Our view: School uniforms not among most pressing issues facing schools

Posted 4/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.

 

 

Our view: Candidates forum: Looking for a reason to care ...

Posted 4/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."

 

 

Our view: A chance to hear the candidates

Posted 4/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.

 

 

Our view: New law won't guarantee school safety

Posted 4/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometime soon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program, which will allow the state's school districts to apply for money to hire armed resource officers.

 

 

Our view: Saturday: A great day to be out and about

Posted 4/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

We have it from somewhat reliable sources that Saturday will be an "S and S" day -- sunny and 70s. Finally, huh? If the forces that determine the weather hold up their end, the city of Columbus will certainly make good on its part of the bargain.

 

 

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