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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.

 

 

Editorial: An abundance of caring amid tragedy

Posted 9/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A local high school student's death in a tragic hunting accident has brought out the best in many of those who knew him -- and many who didn't.

 

 

Childers' unfair attribution

Posted 9/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the joys of the newspaper business is we're inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.

 

 

Editorial: PACCAR's engine that could

Posted 9/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The economy may have slowed things down, but the PACCAR engine plant -- the newest and one of the biggest feathers in the region's industrial cap -- is suddenly humming along. The company, which has typically remained guarded about what's happening inside its Lowndes County plant, said Monday it has already produced more than 1,000 engines at the facility.

 

 

Celebrating Tennessee

Posted 9/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

How many hometowns does Tennessee Williams have? Clarksdale, New Orleans, Provincetown, Mass., and Columbus all have a claim on the playwright and all hold literary events in his honor.

 

 

Editorial: Inmate GED program can pay dividends

Posted 9/13/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

As ironic as it sounds, some local inmates can thank getting locked up for giving them a jump start on their education.

 

 

A house of a different color

Posted 9/10/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Tennessee Williams scholars, actors, and even some friends and family of the famed playwright have been gathering in Columbus this week for the tribute and tour held each year in the Pulitzer-winner's honor.

 

 

Editorial: An un-American, un-Christian act

Posted 9/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Religious extremists do extreme things, no matter their religion. That's why we're not surprised that the wrong-headed leader of a small church in Florida plans to burn a Quran, Islam's holy book, in a bonfire on Sept. 11.

 

 

A website that's worth something

Posted 9/2/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, we began charging for some content on our website, cdispatch.com. This decision, and exactly how we should go about it, came after much internal discussion and debate.

 

 

Editorial: Budget issues loom for W, Brigham

Posted 9/1/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Allegra Brigham, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, is locked in a game of good cop, bad cop.

 

 

A biofuel plant for Columbus

Posted 8/27/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2011, Columbus will be home to a cutting-edge biofuel production site, potentially paving the way for more renewable energy sources.

 

 

What's going on? To effectively combat crime, community must join with law enforcement

Posted 8/24/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A group of men dressed like ninjas steals a truck and rams it through the front of a pawnshop. A second group comes back to rob the place again a couple days later.

 

 

It's back to school time -- for parents, too

Posted 8/10/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

School bells are ringing across the Golden Triangle. But kids aren't the only ones who need to hunker down for the new school year. With so much at stake, we challenge parents to take a more active role in their children's education.

 

 

Local economy: Some cause for optimism

Posted 7/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The local economy may be sluggish, but we've been heartened by signs of a pulse lately.

 

 

Editorial: Tough love for MUW

Posted 7/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The time has come for alumni, community to leave past behind, again rally around The W

 

 

A five-day work week? That works for us

Posted 7/27/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Public Works Department moved to a five-day work week this week, a move that comes after City Council members expressed concerns during a retreat last week that the department isn't productive enough.

 

 

Tough love for MUW

Posted 7/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The time has come for alumni, community to leave past behind, again rally around The W

 

 

Bypass offers opportunity for growth

Posted 6/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus isn't a major metropolis, but we do have a rush hour -- and if you've ever been caught on Highway 45 between U.S. 82 and Bluecutt Road, you've experienced it.

 

 

Editorial: Getting to the root of local crime

Posted 6/16/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Two fatal shootings in Columbus in April and May have served as a wake-up call to the city, with citizens organizing meeting and rallies to curb crime and violence.

 

 

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