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Charging ahead

Posted 6/17/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It is disappointing, though not surprising that the Lowndes Supervisors are charging ahead with the Burns Bottom site for a soccer complex. At their Monday meeting, the supervisors announced plans to begin acquiring options to purchase land for that purpose. Joe Higgins of the Link has been activated for the task.

 

 

A new newspaper for Starkville

Posted 6/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

On March 12, 1922, the occasion of the merger of Columbus’ two papers into The Commercial Dispatch, publisher Birney Imes Sr. offered an editorial, much of it relevant today.

 

 

A new day: Columbus voters cast out two more incumbents bringing a total of four new council members

Posted 6/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Voters on Tuesday handed pink slips to two incumbents giving the Columbus City Council four new faces. In Ward 5 political activist and restaurant owner Kabir Karriem trounced Republican incumbent Jay Jordan with over 62 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Joseph Mickens ousted Susan Mackay in Ward 2 with a 52-percent margin.

 

 

Voters in all three Golden Triangle communities will elect mayors on Tuesday; we urge you to be part of the process

Posted 6/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you live in the city of Columbus, Starkville or West Point, you have a right and a responsibility to fulfill tomorrow; that is to vote.

 

 

A new mayor for Starkville

Posted 5/22/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With city-funded curbside recycling pickup, a “green” city building ordinance, bike and walking paths (and plans for more) and a smoking ordinance, Starkville leads the Golden Triangle in innovative movements.

 

 

Case closed (we hope): CPD’s handling of Vicksburg episode less than professional

Posted 5/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With the punishment of four Columbus police officers Tuesday for their juvenile behavior May 5 at Vicksburg National Military Park, and an apology from the Columbus Police Department, we are hoping all parties can move on.

 

 

The budget, please: Legislature needs to pass long-overdue budget

Posted 5/12/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A state of limbo. That’s the best description of the effect of the Mississippi’s Legislature’s failure to agree on a state budget has on education, health care and other essential services. The House and Senate need to get over their differences and pass the budget. They need to do it when they resume their protracted annual session May 26.

 

 

Keystone cops: Four of Columbus’ ‘finest’ attend seminar in Vicksburg, return an embarrassment to city

Posted 5/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

So a few guys are riding through the military park in a police cruiser, one in the driver’s seat, one in the passenger’s seat. Another two are seated in the popped trunk.

 

 

Market Street: Festival offers opportunity to experience pleasures of downtown, mix with your neighbors

Posted 5/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you take a look around downtown, you’ll notice the well-preserved historic buildings, beautiful landscaping, complete with flowers placed with care.

 

 

A victim of political correctness

Posted 4/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Well, so much for Reneau and Waverley as names for Mississippi University for Women. In the case of Reneau, it’s a shame. We’re not sure how Waverley, the name of a Sir Walter Scott novel and, subsequently, the Clay County antebellum mansion, made the cut other than it begins with a “W,” a pet name some want to preserve.

 

 

Just do it: Cigarette tax increase would offer much needed revenue; would offset car tag increase

Posted 4/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The state Legislature shouldn’t be faulted for delaying adoption of the state budget as it awaits more information about how to spend the federal economic stimulus money Mississippi is getting. But, to say the least, it’s alarming the House and Senate have been unable to agree on how much to raise the cigarette tax.

 

 

We’re glad you’re here

Posted 3/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s Pilgrimage time, which means visitors far and wide will descend on the Friendly City, filling up our bed-and-breakfasts and hotels and touring the city to see what we’re all about.

 

 

Spring cleaning

Posted 3/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As Mother Nature does her part to beautify our lovely corner of the world, humans are organizing to do likewise.

 

 

Walking lessons

Posted 3/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Once upon a time, decades ago, mothers were able to let their elementary-aged children roam free and alone.

 

 

Our new look

Posted 3/18/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Starting today, readers will see a slimmed-down Commercial Dispatch with a fresh, new look.

 

 

Willie King

Posted 3/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Choosing a site for the sportsplex

Posted 3/4/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

This week the county took one more step toward what until recently has been a mirage on the distant horizon, a sportsplex.

 

 

The concern that rises above all others

Posted 2/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

By now even the most determined optimist would agree that the economic downturn isn’t going to end anytime soon. After decades of unrestrained spending, citizens, governments and businesses are scrambling to cut out waste, reduce expenses and squirrel away every spare dollar. It’s happening across the country and here in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Building a sportsplex: What are we waiting for?

Posted 2/18/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

For a decade, Columbus has been talking about building a sportsplex. Meanwhile, neighboring cities like Starkville and Tupelo have benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars pumped into their economies by such facilities.

 

 

Good candidates, strong communities

Posted 2/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Now, more than ever, we need good candidates for public office; qualifying deadline for city elections is March 6

 

 

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