DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our view: Borsig has provided quiet, effective leadership as MUW president

Posted 11/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Wednesday, the state college board made a decision to extend Dr. Jim Borsig's contract as president of Mississippi University for Women for another four years. That has to be one of the easiest decisions the board has made this year.

 

 

Our view: Fair and impartial? Clinkscales must go

Posted 11/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In her role as municipal court judge for the City of Columbus, Nicole Clinkscales is expected to perform her duties without bias or prejudice. By either word or conduct, she should not display bias or prejudice on the basis of race or any number of public issues. This is not a mere expectation or a standard to strive for. It is an absolute requirement.

 

 

Our view: A tale of two business owners

Posted 11/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council considered a request for a 30-day extension on its agreement to bring bus service to the city.

 

 

Our view: When good people remain silent ...

Posted 11/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Jonathan Martin is 6-foot-5 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds. He is not only huge, but athletic. That combination of size and agility led him to a career as a professional athlete: He is an offensive tackle for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. At 24 years of age, he is in the prime of his physical development.

 

 

Our view: It's time to stop waiting for the bus

Posted 11/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been almost 15 months since the Columbus City Council agreed on a one-year contract that would allow an Indiana bus company to operate routes in the city. We are happy to report there have been no bus crashes, hijacking, traffic congestion, rate hikes or complaints about the service in that time. Of course, there have been no buses, either.

 

 

Our view: Setting the record straight with Mike Chaney

Posted 10/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

From time to time, we receive calls and emails from people who take issue with the position we have taken on our editorial page. There are also occasions when that person will challenge the accuracy of our assertions.

 

 

Our View: Clinkscales' Facebook comments inexcusable

Posted 10/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Nicole Clinkscales has an active interest in the Columbus schools. She is a PTA leader and the sister of Columbus Municipal School District board member Angela Verdell. She regularly attends at CMSD board meetings and frequently speaks at those meetings. There is nothing wrong with any of that. But on Oct. 24, Clinkscales turned to her Facebook page to attack CMSD Board Member Aubra Turner, inferring that Turner, who like Clinkscales is black, is an Uncle Tom. Later, engaging with a commenter, she referenced abolitionist Harriet Tubman's quote about a mindset that kept blacks mentally enslaved. Tubman's comment, which Clinkscales quoted, compared such thinking to a snake that should be killed. Public figures are often the object of bitter criticism, of course, but what makes this incident different is one specific detail: Clinkscales is a municipal judge in Columbus. And that makes a huge difference.

 

 

Our view: Fisher has become the Ted Cruz of Columbus Schools

Posted 10/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a sad state of affairs, an institution so bitterly divided that problems aren't solved; they are simply kicked down the road. It has created a landscape dominated by obstructionists who, lacking the votes necessary to impose their will on the issues, can do nothing but delay, distract and seek to destroy.

 

 

Our view: No time for guerrilla warfare

Posted 10/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In the waning days of the Confederacy, when defeat was inevitable, the only remaining question for the CSA commanders and administration was whether to surrender or disperse its crippled army into hundreds of guerrilla units and fight on in a effort to wear down the U.S. Army's resolve.

 

 

Our view: Criteria for public school ratings gets another look

Posted 10/17/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A month after releasing the results of its accountability ratings for the 2012-2013 school year, the State Board of Education is again tinkering with how is measures the success or failure of our school districts.

 

 

Our view: It's a good idea; let's steal it!

Posted 10/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Dispatch generally frowns upon stealing in every form. But we are prepared to make an exception in the case of what will be happening in Natchez next month.

 

 

Our view: State of health care should prompt closer look at hospital sale

Posted 10/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This might be an excellent time to sell a hospital, if you happen to have one.

 

 

Our view: No justification for EMCC's blood lust

Posted 10/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

What was once conjecture is quickly become accepted fact: This year's East Mississippi Community College football team is the best in school history, surpassing even the 2011 team that captured the national championship.

 

 

Our view: When no decision is the best decision

Posted 10/8/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears as though the Columbus City Council will not take up the matter of a proposal to close six railroad crossings on the city's Southside, although city leaders insist the idea could emerge again, perhaps as soon as next year.

 

 

Our view: Tuesday: A step backward

Posted 10/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On the same day students disrupted a play in Oxford about the murder of a gay man, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who was denied a permit to open a gay bar in Shannon.

 

 

Our view: Parent-child communication key to keeping children safe

Posted 10/3/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, a Caledonia man was arrested and charged for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl he met online, authorities say. Sadly, these incidents happen frequently enough that while we are sickened by them, we are hardly shocked.

 

 

Our view: Barbour: The master in his element

Posted 10/2/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.

 

 

Our view: A billion dollars

Posted 10/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Some numbers command your attention, even if you're not certain what they mean. Take $1 billion, for example. On Monday, during the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, it was revealed that the county's total assessed value has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for the first time.

 

 

Our view: Fighting over the obvious

Posted 9/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday morning. With just one item on the agenda, extending the contract of interim superintendent Edna McGill, if ever there were a chance for a "five-minute-now-let's-go-get-breakfast" meeting this was it. We pause to chuckle at such a naive notion.

 

 

Our view: A father first, quarterback second

Posted 9/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night is not generally a big night for ESPN. While the cable sports channel builds itself around college football on the weekends and Monday Night Football, the middle of the week is left to reruns and documentaries and low-profile sporting events.

 

 

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