DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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MUW name change appears to be dead, at least for now

Posted 1/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Say it ain’t so, Kelvin. It appears that the chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, has decided to quash any bill recommending a name change for Mississippi University for Women — a school that has been admitting men since 1982 and sees the name as a hindrance to building enough enrollment to survive and thrive.

 

 

Fire tragedies offer painful lessons for the rest of us

Posted 1/20/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The community has not had time to recover from the loss of nine people — six of them small children — in an apartment fire in Starkville.

 

 

Dream 365

Posted 1/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Learnard Dickerson, Tony Montgomery and Lavonne Harris deserve a big round of applause, they and all the Dream 365 volunteers who made possible the just completed four-day-long Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

 

 

Hush money for Joe Johnson

Posted 1/11/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Good grief. What is the city thinking? Joe Johnson, the man who would be police chief, but who has been passed over three times, is starting the new decade with a tidy handout courtesy of Columbus taxpayers.

 

 

Starkville: Time to revisit municipal complex project

Posted 12/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While the Starkville mayor and aldermen rehash past efforts to build a municipal complex, the community likely has lost all faith in the project ever coming to fruition.

 

 

Just expectations: Council correct in requiring responsible behavior from city workers attending conferences

Posted 12/11/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus City Council’s decision in a special meeting Monday, to terminate the employment of a city firefighter who the city says violated its substance abuse policy, has raised questions of fairness in how the council metes out punishment of city workers.

 

 

The gulf between town and tower

Posted 11/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While it was disappointing to see less than a dozen townspeople at a Sunday meeting of Friends of The W, it wasn’t altogether surprising. Most of the seats in the Nissan Auditorium were taken, but they were taken by the school’s students, faculty and alumni.

 

 

Show your support for The W

Posted 11/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

No to a merger, yes to a new identity

Posted 11/17/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As was widely expected, Gov. Haley Barbour advocated Monday for the merger of Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University.

 

 

Change The W’s residency standard

Posted 10/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to the student recruitment game, Mississippi University for Women is too often forced to play with one hand behind its back — some reasons obvious, some not so.

 

 

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.

 

 

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