DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Make a clean sweep

Posted 3/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Sadly, Mark Twain's famous quote about the weather -- "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" -- too often applies to local litter control and beautification efforts.

 

 

Our View: Bomb threats: This makes seven

Posted 3/8/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

As we wrote here two weeks ago in response to the third incident this year at Columbus High (the sixth in the county), bomb threats are a drag on the system.

 

 

Our View: Unpaid fines, a reminder

Posted 3/6/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week an acquaintance received in the mail a notice from the city about unpaid fines. In her case, it was $20 in parking tickets. The letter said she had until March 15 to pay the fine. We were encouraged to see the city moving aggressively to collect unpaid fines. No doubt it, like most municipalities, can use the money.

 

 

Our View: The bumpy road to spring

Posted 3/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Seems Mother Nature is her most whimsical in the spring. And, not always in a good way. Less than a year ago in April, tornadoes ripped through Smithville and Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving in their wake death and a swath of destruction still visible.

 

 

Our view: A rudderless ship

Posted 3/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When looking for words to describe recent actions of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board, resolute and rational do not come to mind.

 

 

Our view: The R-word

Posted 2/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: The Lenten season

Posted 2/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If you see someone today with what looks to be a cross drawn with ashes on their foreheads, do not be alarmed. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the observance of Lent. The day derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers.

 

 

Our View: Encouraging news on the sex ed front

Posted 2/16/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

For too long, sex education has been a four-letter word in the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Our View: Teacher cuts, a better way

Posted 2/15/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The formula is simple: Cut 54 teachers; save $2.1 million. And with personnel accounting for 76 percent of the Columbus schools' budget, it's an easy target for cost savings.

 

 

Our View: Reversal of fortune

Posted 2/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus continues to lose population as residents move away or flock to the county to avoid higher taxes.

 

 

Our View: Give 'em hell, Harry

Posted 2/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

We think the Columbus City Council has more important issues to worry about than what Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said in front of a civic club. Speaking to the Columbus Rotary Club last week, Sanders said there were some people appointed to city boards "who couldn't tie their shoes."

 

 

Our View: Board appointments

Posted 2/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Harry Sanders is good at pointing the finger. Tuesday, he turned it toward one of his favorite targets, the city of Columbus.

 

 

Our View: So many reasons to love CAFB

Posted 2/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Air Force Base is Lowndes County's largest employer, providing 3,000 military and civilian jobs. The average salary is more than $41,000, well above $35,000, the approximate state average.

 

 

Our View: False alarms a costly distraction for police

Posted 1/25/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus police responded to 229 alarm calls last month, 77 of which were residential. Most of those were false alarms. But false or not, those calls mean money and manpower.

 

 

Our View: Civil Service should change guidelines

Posted 1/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Police Department has its hands full trying to police a city of near 24,000 with 68 officers. When you also consider that most of the force has five years of experience or less and nine veteran supervising officers who can retire at any moment, the situation is more critical.

 

 

Our View: Schools: Don't take someone else's word; go see for yourself

Posted 1/18/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus elementary schools have been welcoming visitors for more than a week, introducing prospective students and their parents to their magnet themes -- technology and communication, medical sciences and wellness, fine arts, international studies and aerospace and science.

 

 

Editorial: Our View: A law best left behind

Posted 1/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When they crafted the No Child Left Behind legislation, lawmakers should have turned to educators. They could have told legislators that you can't teach children to think if you are simply coaching them to pass a test.

 

 

Our View: Good customer service is good business

Posted 1/12/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, a lifelong Columbus resident wrote to The Dispatch emphatically calling for better customer service.

 

 

Our View: Entrepreneurs breathe new life into dying buildings

Posted 1/11/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When a commercial building sits empty, it quickly ages. As it ages, it begins to look less and less appealing to business owners and developers. And the town begins to look unkempt.

 

 

Our View: Barbour pardons leave a bitter taste

Posted 1/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The gesture of a posthumous pardon is one thing. Pardoning convicted killers and setting them free is another. Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers -- one of whom confessed to shooting his wife to death after an argument -- as one of his last official acts as governor.

 

 

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