DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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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.

 

 

Get out and vote Tuesday

Posted 5/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

There's only one race on Tuesday's Republican primary ballot -- but its outcome could be felt in north Mississippi for years to come.

 

 

Allegra Brigham, the right choice for MUW

Posted 5/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It would be hard to find someone better suited than Allegra Brigham to serve as interim president of Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Wings all over Columbus: Base is economy's jet engine

Posted 5/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Some would argue (and we are among them) that Columbus Air Force Base's impact on the area gets too little notice or appreciation. But, that was not the case this weekend.

 

 

Editorial: Markets offer more than good food

Posted 5/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

While this page deals in differing opinions, there's one thing we can surely all agree on: good food.

 

 

Thanks, Rachel

Posted 5/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Perched near the bustle and traffic of Main and Fifth streets downtown, the Rosenzweig Arts Center is an oasis of serenity -- anyone can put the brakes on a busy day, pause a few minutes and take refuge in the art on display.

 

 

Editorial: An honor well deserved

Posted 5/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

As thousands of Columbus residents and visitors from around the region flocked to downtown this weekend, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the Market Street Festival, few probably realized the gargantuan effort that goes into staging the festival each year.

 

 

A bridge too far

Posted 4/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

In trying to pawn off their bridge on the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city and county burned one.

 

 

Editorial: More of the story …

Posted 4/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mayor Robert Smith wants the record set straight.

 

 

One bridge worth rebuilding

Posted 4/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, city, county and state officials gathered at the base of the old Highway 82 bridge, heralding the state Department of Transportation’s $2 million grant to renovate the long-shuttered structure into a pedestrian park.

 

 

Smith, Karriem: Give peace a chance

Posted 4/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Six days after their brawl at City Hall, Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem shook hands and made up.

 

 

Fisticuffs at City Hall: ‘It’s embarrassing; it’s humiliating’

Posted 4/3/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

When we first heard about it, we thought it was an April Fools’ joke. In one sense it was; in this case, the tricksters, happened to be Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem. The joke is on the people and the city of Columbus.

 

 

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.

 

 

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