DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: A holiday we should give up

Posted 4/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

 

 

Our View: School board meeting departs from script

Posted 4/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met in a specially called meeting last night to select a search firm for a new superintendent.

 

 

Our View: An open and fair discussion? Don't count on it.

Posted 4/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Columbus Municipal School Board will hold a specially called fist-fight to select a search firm to identify candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Our View: Muscle Shoals: There's still a message in the music

Posted 4/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, PBS aired the documentary "Muscle Shoals," presented as "the incredible true story of a small town with a big sound." For those who had the misfortune to miss it, the film tells the story of a desperately poor young musician named Rick Hall who overcame crushing poverty and staggering tragedies to bring black and white musicians together to create music for the generations.

 

 

Our View: Spring: a season of optimism

Posted 4/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was the day for recovery for folks in the flower business.

 

 

Our View: Your voice makes a difference

Posted 4/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A newcomer to Columbus might, after some observation, conclude that people here simply do not care about what is happening in our community.

 

 

Our View: An encouraging development on the education front

Posted 4/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Legislature produces a handful of education bills. Once in a great while, the group actually includes a good idea.

 

 

Our View: When the shoe is on the other foot

Posted 4/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's uniformly contentious and often ridiculous meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the board finally got around to interviewing candidates for the search firm that will be charged with identifying candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Our View: Columbus school board sinks to new low

Posted 4/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the recent warm weather, the hope of harmony on the Columbus Municipal School District has proven to be fleeting. It's back to chaos as usual for the CMSD, a dispiriting blow to the community whose fortunes are closely tied to the success of its schools.

 

 

Our view: Excuse for three-person budget committee is pathetic at best

Posted 4/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville aldermen should reorganize the city's three-person audit and budget committee to include any and all representatives willing to participate in financial discussions, and any foot dragging should be perceived as an attempt to deny at least one alderman's right to represent his constituents.

 

 

Our view: City shouldn't 'wing it' on infrastructure repairs

Posted 4/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, the Columbus City Council held a public forum to discuss the idea of raising taxes to secure a $5 million capital improvement loan to repair, replace and improve city infrastructure, primarily road repair and repaving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.

 

 

Our view: City needs long-term infrastructure plan

Posted 4/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, the city council will hold a public hearing on issuing bonds to finance improvements to Columbus' roads, drainage and sidewalks. Those $5 million worth of bonds, which will be paid back over the next 20 years, will be funded by a 2-mill tax increase.

 

 

Our view: Failure to pass ban on texting and driving is disappointing

Posted 4/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there was a "no-brainer," this was it. During the recently-ended 2014 Mississippi legislative session, Columbus Rep. Gary Chism proposed a bill that would make texting and driving illegal.

 

 

Our view: Saturday: The REAL first day of spring

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Officially, the date is March 20, but it is our opinion that the first day of Spring does not arrive until you get off the sofa, out of the house and enjoy some outdoor fun. With that in mind, Saturday is looking a lot like the first day of Spring here in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Our view: Catfish in the Alley

Posted 4/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: Government's place

Posted 4/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last night, the Columbus City Council considered plans for development of the portion of an area called "The Island" that lies adjacent to the Columbus Riverwalk and Columbus Soccer Complex, two county/city joint efforts that have proven to be welcomed additions to the city.

 

 

Our view: A question of competence

Posted 3/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Any organization -- be it a business, school system or government -- is only as good as its management and employees. The ability to hire competent workers along with a clear path to remove ineffective ones, as unpleasant as that can be, is critical to the success of any organization.

 

 

Our view: Who stands for the environment?

Posted 3/27/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week, The Dispatch was the first to report on Columbus Light & Water's refusal to process KiOR's wastewater. The news was the latest in a string of bad news for the Texas-based public company, which has invested over $200 million in its Columbus plant.

 

 

Our view: A pep rally for the city

Posted 3/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

To describe Tuesday's meeting at Lion Hills Golf Club as a pep rally is not an attempt to be dismissive of the event.

 

 

Our view: New Hope shooting underscores peril law enforcement officers face

Posted 3/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The gunfire that interrupted the quiet of a modest New Hope neighborhood on Tuesday should serve as a reminder to us all on two points: First, this kind of incident can happen anywhere. Second, the potential sacrifices that our law enforcement officer face can happen anytime.

 

 

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