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MUW: Stay the course on name change

Posted 10/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As each day passes, the discussion surrounding the renaming of Mississippi University for Women more resembles the Abbott and Costello comedy skit, “Who’s on First?”

 

 

Four cases of bad judgment

Posted 10/13/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The decision by a sitting town mayor, a former state representative and two Lowndes County legislators to join a petition for a change of venue in a local capital murder case is a cautionary tale about the intersection of justice and politics. It is also a flagrant example of bad judgment by four men who should know better.

 

 

Birney Imes: Buxton has left the building

Posted 10/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The man for whom a cliché was invented died last week in Las Vegas. His name was Buxton Williams, and not once in his 62 years did he meet a stranger.

 

 

Come on, Columbus: Let’s go smoke-free

Posted 10/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s time to reconsider an anti-smoking ordinance in Columbus’ public spaces, including in restaurants and bars.

 

 

His own worst enemy

Posted 9/26/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

We should have known better. The recent joint meeting between the city and county concerning placing a park and soccer complex in Burns Bottom appeared to be a rare moment of unity among city and county leaders — and even more rare, a consensus within county leadership.

 

 

Columbus: Discover a new world

Posted 9/4/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday night after a 2-1/2-day immersion into Columbus, a team of planners, marketers and designers presented a dream of what could be.

 

 

Sunday alcohol sales

Posted 9/4/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Based on The Commercial Dispatch and the people attending the Monday night City Council hearing regarding liquor sales on Sunday, it was clear that the majority of the people in Columbus did not want Sunday sales of liquor.

 

 

A unique opportunity

Posted 8/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, a group of planners, architects and designers will begin a three-day series of meetings and workshops, collectively termed a “charrette,” meant to help Columbus form a plan for future growth and city revitalization.

 

 

Message in a bottle

Posted 8/26/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The domino theory is being proven in northeast Mississippi. Within days of Starkville’s decision to allow Sunday beer sales and to petition the state to allow restaurants to sell wine and liquor on Sundays, other municipalities have looked to open the tap on their own alcohol intake.

 

 

Backing into Burns Bottom

Posted 8/15/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Before more money, time and energy are spent vetting site for soccer park, questions need to be answered first When asked about the Columbus Country Club’s offer of land for the city and county soccer field plan last week, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders made an interesting comment: “Unless something comes along that prevents us from getting the Burns Bottom land, I would say we are pretty much committed to it.” Sanders is certainly committed to Burns Bottom as the location for soccer fields.

 

 

A new possibility: Country Club’s offer adds new twist to search for soccer park site

Posted 8/13/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A new wrinkle has been thrown into the debate over the best location for a Columbus soccer field complex, with the Columbus Country Club’s offer to the county to sell its back nine holes — land amounting to between 65-70 acres — to the county for the project.

 

 

Bravos for Claudia and Sallie

Posted 8/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Two people received standing ovations at MUW’s convocation Monday morning, both of them well deserved: Sallie Reneau and Claudia Limbert.

 

 

Reneau University

Posted 8/10/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The saga to find a new name for Mississippi University for Women enters a new phase today. With this morning's announcement by MUW President Claudia Limbert that the campus choice is Reneau University, the rough and tumble business of selling it to the IHL Board, Legislature and alumni begins.

 

 

Out-of-town guests

Posted 7/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A visit yesterday from a delegation from Guntersville, Ala., only served to remind us of the many assets of this place many of us call home. The group, comprised of public officials and involved citizens, spent a day in Columbus on a fact-finding exchange.

 

 

One step forward, two steps back

Posted 7/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you’re planning to watch the broadcast of the Lowndes County Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, let us warn you; it’s not a pretty sight. In a production that more resembles a badly acted high school drama than a meeting of elected officials, Harry Sanders plays the role of a school-yard bully; a wronged Leroy Brooks becomes the class loudmouth; Frank Ferguson and John Holliman are spineless turncoats and Jeff Smith is the well-meaning but unsuccessful peacemaker.

 

 

Unfinished business: City school superintendent Del Phillips should stick around

Posted 6/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Back when he was selling a package of school improvements that included a new middle school, magnet schools and most recently an extended school year, Superintendent Del Phillips often invoked a Stephen Covey chestnut: “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”

 

 

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.

 

 

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