DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our opinion: Take fire safety seriously

Posted 10/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been nearly a year since the worst fire in modern Mississippi history, and with another season of chilly weather bearing down on us, we're hoping lessons have been learned.

 

 

Our opinion: Save the bell

Posted 10/27/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Another Mississippi football tradition is on the ropes. Mississippi State football fans' unwillingness to silence their cowbells during game play, despite the pleadings of athletic officials, could lead to their ban from Davis Wade Stadium.

 

 

Our view: This land purchase stinks

Posted 10/26/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Something smells here. Columbus Light and Water's decision to pay $996,000 for 118 acres of property near Pickensville Road and Shady Lane seems mighty hasty -- and mighty expensive.

 

 

Endorsement: Travis Childers for the 1st District

Posted 10/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

As the midterm election approaches, Americans -- north Mississippians among them -- remain mired in recession and disgusted with Washington. Now as two years ago, voter ire has mounted against the party that happens to be in power. Republicans stand to regain control of the House of Representatives, and possibly even the Senate. Eight years of disastrous Republican policies under George W. Bush are seemingly forgotten, trumped by disappointment over the first two years of the Obama administration and Democratic leadership in Congress.

 

 

Granting rezoning request the wrong decision

Posted 10/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The rezoning case before the Columbus City Council this week may seem like a small matter in the great scheme of things, but it brought out the worst in our leaders.

 

 

Bulldogs riding high

Posted 10/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a great week to be a Bulldog. The university is celebrating Homecoming this week. The maroon and white are riding a three-game winning streak, including a signature win over the University of Florida last week.

 

 

Time to assess tourism priorities

Posted 10/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears cooler heads did prevail. A rift over funds provided by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link appears on its way to healing. The CVB voted Monday to give $178,500 to the Link, which manages industrial recruitment and serves as the city's chamber of commerce. That's a $18,500 cut from what the Link was expecting.

 

Editorial: A bear? Really?

Posted 10/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Sports channel ESPN has been airing a promotional commercial featuring Ole Miss and the failed student campaign to make Admiral Ackbar, a squid-headed "Star Wars" character, the new school mascot.

 

Link vs. CVB: An unwinnable war

Posted 10/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Another classic Columbus dust-up is in the making, this time between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

An unfair political game

Posted 10/12/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Planning Commission and the City Council are locked in a ping-pong match, with one business owner, and a Columbus neighborhood, unfairly batted back and forth.

 

 

Let's get real about sex education

Posted 10/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.

 

 

Things abuzz at The W

Posted 10/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.

 

 

Editorial: Cadence deal with Texas firm benefits Golden Triangle

Posted 10/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.

 

 

Community college still the best deal in higher education

Posted 10/5/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.

 

 

Let's get real -- there's a difference

Posted 9/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

We've seen interesting discussions on our website regarding the case of the Sulligent, Ala., football coach who is accused of child molestation charges, both in federal court and in courts in Monroe and Itawamba counties.

 

 

Goodbye, Cadence

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us can still remember when all the banks in town were either locally owned or closely held -- National Bank of Commerce, First Columbus National Bank, Merchants and Farmers among them.

 

 

We hope this partnership has a pulse

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Franklin Academy was awhirl with activity Tuesday morning -- literally. The University of Mississippi Medical Center's MedEvac helicopter landed in the Magnolia Bowl, a strong symbol of the landing of a partnership between the Jackson medical center and the Columbus elementary school.

 

 

Welcome, autumn

Posted 9/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It actually felt chilly Monday morning. Fall is here, and we couldn't be more ready.

 

 

Editorial: Economic tide rolling in to downtown

Posted 9/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Economic tides seem to ebb and flow in downtown Columbus, as they do most places. Businesses come and go. Stores and restaurants open, then go dark, and are replaced with something new.

 

 

Editorial: Ground-level policing

Posted 9/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus has fielded its first two pedaling patrolmen, who will be policing high-crime areas on mountain bikes. Patrolmen Kenneth Brewer and Dwight Smith are on bikes part-time until they complete their training, which will enable them to train other officers.

 

 

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