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Posted 12/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Our View: Release of body camera video serves public interest

Posted 12/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Police Department released video on Tuesday from the body cameras worn by the three CPD officers who were involved in the Oct. 16 shooting death of Ricky Ball, the most relevant video -- that taken immediately after the shooting was not included.

 

 

Our View: Building boom lifts profile of 'Starkvegas'

Posted 12/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkvegas. For years, the word was used derisively to describe the city of Starkville, whose blandness stood in -- pardon the pun -- "stark" contrast to the university that sustained much of the city's economy.

 

 

Our View: Looking beyond schools' poor test results

Posted 12/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The report card for Mississippi's K-12 education came back today.

 

 

Humane Society needs a dose of Christmas charity

Posted 12/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the best aspects of the Christmas season is the spirit of generosity it inspires.

 

 

Our View: A Christmas tradition worth renewing

Posted 12/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Far away, by time if not by distance, at an appointed night not divulged to the children, families abandoned their normal evening routine to observe a Christmas tradition.

 

 

Our View: Committee's recommendations worthy of support

Posted 12/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When a committee was selected to review Columbus Police Department policies and procedures in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball on Oct. 16, there were likely some in the community who viewed this more as an attempt by the city to polish its tarnished image than a effort to produce meaningful changes.

 

 

Our View: Shopping local businesses benefits us all

Posted 12/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

With a little more than two weeks remaining before Christmas, the shopping season is headed for the home stretch.

 

 

Our View: Legislature lacks focus, plan to lift state

Posted 12/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Before anything substantial is built, two things are required -- an agreement on what is to be built and a plan for how to build it.

 

 

Our View: CPD's use of Twitter shows commitment to transparency

Posted 12/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Transparency is much like dieting: People spend more time talking about it than actually doing it.

 

 

Our View: Proposed CL&W loan should not be viewed as an affront to customers

Posted 12/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's revelation that Columbus Light & Water is considering a request from the city for a $650,000 loan to purchase property on Main Street has prompted an obvious question: If CL&W can afford to get in the loan business, why did it raise its rates twice in the past six months?

 

 

Our View: City's purchase of Gilmer displays spirit of optimism

Posted 12/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Once, it was a nod to the earliest days of the city's history.

 

 

Our View: GTRA's role often underestimated

Posted 11/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For most of us, Golden Triangle Regional Airport is a convenient alternative to flying out of Birmingham.

 

 

Our View: Let's talk sex

Posted 11/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It began with a career day presentation by a student at Starkville High School, soon became an online petition to demand the teacher of that class be returned to the classroom and today is the subject of an investigation by the Starkvile-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.

 

 

Our View: Police chief search should begin with a public hearing

Posted 11/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

With the resignation of Tony Carleton as Columbus Police Chief on Nov. 1, the city will be seeking its fourth "top cop" in eight years, hardly a testament to stability within the department.

 

 

Our View: Veterans Day is a day of gratitude

Posted 11/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 1918, the victorious allied forces commemorated the end of World War I with ceremonies in France and England.

 

 

Our View: At long last, site for new career tech center is chosen

Posted 11/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees selected a site for its new career-tech center.

 

 

Our View: Recent downtown crimes should not be cause for panic

Posted 11/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past five days, reports of an assault on one woman and an armed robbery of two others have touched off a bit of a panic on social media, which may ultimately do more harm than good.

 

 

Our View: Minor's work illustrates the power of reporting

Posted 11/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In 1947, the New Orleans Times-Picayune sent a 25-year-old reporter Louisiana native to Jackson to become the newspaper's one-man Mississippi bureau. He was dispatched with just one instruction: "Go."

 

 

Our View: Mark Keenum's game of (no) change

Posted 11/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a good thing that Dean Colvard, and not Mark Keenum, was the president of Mississippi State University in March 1963.

 

 

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