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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.

 

 

Our view: In this game of Chicken, we all lose

Posted 2/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Chicken is a game that can't have two winners -- but it can have two losers. The city and county are playing a game of chicken, with the city Convention and Visitors Bureau at the point of impact.

 

 

Our view: Fewer echo chambers, more common ground

Posted 2/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's an echo chamber? Literally, it is an enclosed, hollow space allowing our own words to bounce back to us. Figuratively, the term has applied to most any group that surrounds itself with others that have like-minded opinions.

 

 

Highway 45 merchants, unite

Posted 1/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Downtown Columbus gets a lot of love. But the truth is, most people in Columbus shop along Highway 45.

 

 

Columbus High accentuates the positive

Posted 1/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus High staff, parents and students last night hosted the first of what should grow into an annual celebration of the diverse range of activities at the school.

 

 

Pass stronger animal cruelty laws

Posted 1/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With our poverty and health issues, it's hard enough to be a human here. If you're a dog or a cat, forget it.

 

 

The buck stops here: Why deer farms are a bad idea

Posted 1/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have farm-raised catfish. Why not farm-raised deer?

 

 

Coming together for a more attractive 'front door'

Posted 1/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Right now, it doesn't look like much. But two improvements to the Columbus will beautify the downtown's front door and, in time, even transform how many of us interact with downtown itself.

 

 

Eating our way out of recession

Posted 1/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Is the way to the area's economic recovery through our stomachs? Maybe so. Several interesting new restaurants have opened across the Golden Triangle in recent weeks.

 

 

The pursuit of excellence: School sets standard we should strive for on other projects

Posted 1/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With its impressive architecture and attention to detail, the new Columbus Middle School has raised the bar on local public works projects.

 

 

Columbus schools' new crown jewel

Posted 1/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

From the outside, the architecture of the new, $19.1-million Columbus Middle School is classic yet modern. You're more impressed when you enter the rotunda, the hub at the school's center, with its halls jutting off in each direction. But once you hit the carpet, you know this school is truly different from anything else in the Columbus School District.

 

 

Mother Nature declares a holiday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The yankees among us might snicker at our reaction to what are typical spring days in many places north of Tennessee. But understand, we're not used to this.

 

 

Too few hats in this ring

Posted 1/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate," humorist Kin Hubbard said a century ago. His words still ring true today, perhaps nowhere more so than in Lowndes County.

 

 

Third circuit judge should help ensure speedy trials

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Circuit judges are more used to watching people get sworn in than doing the swearing themselves, but judges' hands were on Bibles across the state on Tuesday as they took the oath of office for new four-year terms.

 

 

Some more resolutions to consider

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're several days into the new year, enough time for many of us to have already broken whatever resolution we settled on last week. But we'd like to suggest a few resolutions of our own, beyond the typical commitments.

 

 

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.

 

 

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