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Byrne’s legacy still being written

Posted 3/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s hard to hang on to the good ones. Monday’s news of the departure of Mississippi State University Athletic Director Greg Byrne proved that axiom. Anyone who spent time with Byrne, or heard him speak, knew instantly that he is an up-and-comer destined for great things.

 

 

Domtar closing: Sad and painful news

Posted 3/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Domtar Columbus paper mill closing is tragic and a blow to the local economy. The facility, forever known by many as simply “Weyerhaeuser,” has for decades been an economic cornerstone of Lowndes County, and its employees have played a significant role in the civic life of this community. This is sad news, indeed.

 

 

Harry's Baaack ...

Posted 3/10/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

That was quick. What appeared to be a political shakeup in the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors ended practically before it started.

 

 

Thanks, Harry

Posted 3/6/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In an interview on Page 1 today, outgoing Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders offers a bit of advice for whomever is chosen to lead the body next: “You can’t please everybody. They’re going to have to realize the word ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”

 

 

After Harry: Sanders’ resignation as board president begs the question: Who will be his successor?

Posted 3/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

What are we to make of the resignation of Harry Sanders as president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors?

 

 

Changes at MUW

Posted 2/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Is this the beginning of the end for The W? As much as we might hope otherwise, it would appear so. The state College Board on Thursday charged Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women to explore consolidating operations.

 

 

After the fact: Approval of Sunday liquor sales in West Point merits public comment

Posted 2/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The last domino has fallen: West Point has joined Starkville and Columbus in the club of Mississippi cities that allow liquor sales on Sunday.

 

 

Loving it to death

Posted 2/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

If the actions of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee are any indication, the Legislature won’t pursue a name change for Mississippi University for Women this session. A bill that would give the Institute for Higher Learning authority to rename the school and would likely result in a new gender-neutral name died for lack of a motion late Monday afternoon.

 

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 1/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A rose to state Sen. Doug Davis, who we expect Monday to bring the MUW name change to committee, and to local leaders who are going to the Capitol to support the measure.

 

 

Our right to know

Posted 1/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe they think they’re protecting themselves. Or perhaps they’ve forgotten they’re managing public funds.

 

 

MUW name change appears to be dead, at least for now

Posted 1/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say it ain’t so, Kelvin. It appears that the chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, has decided to quash any bill recommending a name change for Mississippi University for Women — a school that has been admitting men since 1982 and sees the name as a hindrance to building enough enrollment to survive and thrive.

 

 

Fire tragedies offer painful lessons for the rest of us

Posted 1/20/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The community has not had time to recover from the loss of nine people — six of them small children — in an apartment fire in Starkville.

 

 

Dream 365

Posted 1/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Learnard Dickerson, Tony Montgomery and Lavonne Harris deserve a big round of applause, they and all the Dream 365 volunteers who made possible the just completed four-day-long Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

 

 

Hush money for Joe Johnson

Posted 1/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Good grief. What is the city thinking? Joe Johnson, the man who would be police chief, but who has been passed over three times, is starting the new decade with a tidy handout courtesy of Columbus taxpayers.

 

 

Starkville: Time to revisit municipal complex project

Posted 12/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While the Starkville mayor and aldermen rehash past efforts to build a municipal complex, the community likely has lost all faith in the project ever coming to fruition.

 

 

Just expectations: Council correct in requiring responsible behavior from city workers attending conferences

Posted 12/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus City Council’s decision in a special meeting Monday, to terminate the employment of a city firefighter who the city says violated its substance abuse policy, has raised questions of fairness in how the council metes out punishment of city workers.

 

 

The gulf between town and tower

Posted 11/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While it was disappointing to see less than a dozen townspeople at a Sunday meeting of Friends of The W, it wasn’t altogether surprising. Most of the seats in the Nissan Auditorium were taken, but they were taken by the school’s students, faculty and alumni.

 

 

Show your support for The W

Posted 11/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

No to a merger, yes to a new identity

Posted 11/17/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As was widely expected, Gov. Haley Barbour advocated Monday for the merger of Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University.

 

 

Change The W’s residency standard

Posted 10/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to the student recruitment game, Mississippi University for Women is too often forced to play with one hand behind its back — some reasons obvious, some not so.

 

 

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