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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 Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools -- an outdated practice that needs to come to an end.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.

 

 

Get it together, West Point

Posted 11/10/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

What's going on in West Point? The mayor jumps ship with no explanation. City board meetings seem to become ever more explosive, culminating with an ex-mayoral candidate getting dragged from the room Tuesday night.

 

 

Tacky behavior

Posted 11/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Some disturbing behavior has accompanied the five-month-old strike at Omnova Solutions in Columbus.

 

 

Roses and Thorns 11-7-10

Posted 11/6/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, the Mississippi State University family, the Columbus Police Department, organizers and the army of volunteers of the Empty Bowls event, the city of Starkville's recycling committee and Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker.

 

 

Our opinion: Take the time to serve

Posted 11/4/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Occasionally, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link will send around a list of city and county committee vacancies. These committees work behind the scenes to make things happen -- they tackle everything from policing historic districts to planting trees.

 

 

Our opinion: Thanks, Travis, and good luck, Alan

Posted 11/3/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Something as rare as a blue moon happened not once, but twice, on Tuesday night: Mississippi congressional incumbents lost their seats.

 

 

Our opinion: Get out and vote today

Posted 11/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Today's the big day -- Election Day, when voters can decide who they want in congress and on local judges' benches in the coming years.

 

 

Our opinion: Land deal exposes Columbus' good ol' boy system

Posted 10/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Light and Water's deal with a local developer to pay $996,000 for 118 acres, on which it plans to spread treated sewage, is smellier than we thought.

 

 

Have a safe Halloween

Posted 10/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

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.

 

 

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