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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.

 

 

Our View: Hometown restaurants, an endangered species

Posted 12/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

There's something comforting about walking into a place where they know your name and -- if you visit often enough -- what you'll have for lunch and what you'll drink with it. If they don't know your name, the waitresses have enough small-town charm to get away with calling everyone "Honey."

 

 

Our View: The ever-evolving English language

Posted 12/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Ours is a living language. Words that meant one thing as late as a decade ago have new meaning. There are the obvious ones: Bad now means good in some circles.

 

 

Our View: Downtown preservation efforts pay dividends for all

Posted 12/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Local economies have evolved. We've gone from chasing smokestacks to embracing small business and entrepreneurship. At the center of this economic model is a vibrant downtown.

 

 

Scott Colom: Omnova sale bad sign for unions

Posted 12/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Trying to find a union in Mississippi is a lot like trying to find an animal on the endangered species list; the more time passes the harder they are to locate. And, with the recent news that Omnova Solutions Inc. sold its manufacturing operations and plans to cease manufacturing at its Columbus plant, unions may have inadvertently made it more difficult to remove themselves from the endangered list.

 

 

Our View: A new facility to treat an old malady

Posted 12/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Baptist Memorial Health Care has been a good neighbor. In 2006, Baptist purchased Columbus' hospital from Lowndes County for $30 million. In return, Baptist officials also promised to invest $40 million in the hospital over the coming decade.

 

 

Our View: Board appointments merit more discussion

Posted 12/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A tremendous amount of the public's work is done by boards comprised of volunteers. All too often appointments to those boards are made with little discussion or publicity.

 

 

Our view: Hallelujah!

Posted 12/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: Lessons learned

Posted 12/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: A fearless and selfless leader

Posted 12/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Allegra Brigham is a modern-day Deborah. While she is no prophetess (to our knowledge), she delivered her alma mater from near implosion. Brigham re-embraced the disenfranchised former MUW Alumnae Association, restoring unity to a divided house

 

 

Our View: Time to tune in

Posted 12/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In the spirit of openness the city turned to the public for help in its search for a new police chief.

 

 

Taxpayers to foot the bill for Allgood and Howard's mistakes

Posted 12/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Brian Holliman will get a new trial. And we get to pay for it.

 

 

Our View: Starkville and EMCC playing for championships; we wish them well

Posted 12/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

By Saturday night, the entire state will feel the sting of the Yellow Jackets. And Arizona will know why the Lion is the king.

 

 

Our View: Welcome aboard, Dr. Borsig

Posted 12/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday was quite a party for Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Our View: Help Wanted

Posted 11/30/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We are a community of interims. Columbus has an interim police chief, university president and school superintendent. Starkville also has an interim superintendent of education. Today, we expect Mississippi University for Women to be the first of these ships to name a full-time captain.

 

 

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