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Our view: Gun buyback program: All boom, no bust

Posted 2/26/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Police Department's gun buyback program succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination. Even among the program's detractors, there is no question that the program exceeded expectations.

 

 

Our view: Carver Drive residents benefit from approach of campaign season

Posted 2/21/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For years, Carver Drive residents have complained about the foul smells emanating from a nearby drainage ditch. The politics of the issue have produced an equally offensive aroma.

 

 

Our view: Choice of Verdell an encouraging step on the path to progress

Posted 2/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council had four choices for one position on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees. But really, it came down to two choices: maintaining the status quo that has seen our schools slide toward failure or taking a path forward.

 

 

Our view: Justice perverted

Posted 2/19/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When the argument passed the boiling point, John Alan Redden used a belt to make his point. His wife at the time, Ginger Redden, had the bruises and welts to show for it -- her left arm a mass of discolored bruises extending from her shoulder to her elbow, bruises on the small of her back and legs, a welt bearing the impression of the belt buckle on her cheek.

 

 

Our view: Our funny Valentine(s)

Posted 2/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

It is unfortunate that Valentine's Day fell on a Thursday this year, rather than a Monday or Tuesday.

 

 

Our view: Is this any way to run a school district?

Posted 2/13/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

As meetings go, Monday's meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees was as eventful as you will likely see. In fact, there was so much ground to cover, the meeting lasted almost four hours.

 

 

Our view: Oktibbeha County will be litmus test for consolidation

Posted 2/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, President Obama gives his state of the union address, but in Oktibbeha County the focus will be on the state of the schools.

 

 

Our view: Buying back guns

Posted 2/8/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week, the Columbus City Council approved a proposal from Selvain McQueen, the city's police chief for a gun buy-back program.

 

 

Our view: The obvious choice

Posted 2/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Barbara Bigelow was not the first choice. But she may well be the best choice. When the Main Street Columbus Board of Directors announced Wednesday that it had selected Bigelow as the organization's new director, no one familiar with Columbus was compelled to ask, "Who?"

 

 

Our view: At long last, Columbus has a plan...

Posted 2/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If Moses had been from Columbus, he probably would have had to interrupt God somewhere around Commandment No. 7. "I probably should be writing this down, huh?" our Columbus Moses would likely have said. In its almost 200 years, Columbus has had many things. What it hasn't had -- as far as anyone can determine -- is a plan. At least, it has never had a plan that someone bothered to write down.

 

 

Our view: Main Street director should be more than an event planner

Posted 2/1/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, Main Street Columbus sent out a press release announcing that its director, Nickie Nicholson, had been removed from her role, effective immediately. It was hardly a shocking development to anyone who has any connection to the organization. There have been rumblings about Nicholson almost from the start.

 

 

Our view: Politicians give one more reason to love the state's artists

Posted 1/31/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

After weeks of negative national press thanks to Messrs. Bryant, Palazzo, Smith, Chism et al., it's nice to have something to be cheery about. Our politicians, who have of late, been imitating barnyard roosters, have provided abundant fodder for late-night television.

 

 

Our view: Liddell and Smith unavailable for comment

Posted 1/30/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Ultimately, it is a matter of accountability. On two separate occasions over the past week, officials have bitterly complained about news stories we published. While The Dispatch stands firmly behind each of the stories in question, we readily admit that each story would have benefited from the insights of those same officials.

 

 

Our view: CVB Board continued lack of resolve would be laughable if it weren't so disheartening

Posted 1/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau held its regular meeting Monday and, as almost always seems to be the case, it created more questions than it answered. The big issue before the board was the propriety of allowing the elected officials who appoint the board members to solicit funds for festivals they operate.

 

 

Our view: Cause for optimism on the education front

Posted 1/24/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When Mississippi State and Ole Miss come together, it is not generally marked by a spirit of congeniality. Long and bitter rivals on the athletic fields, the two schools also compete for students and funding. But MSU and Ole Miss play well together in other, less-publicized arenas.

 

 

Our view: Without funding, Bryant's proposals for education are only proposals

Posted 1/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there is a time that a Governor can speak beyond his base to all residents, it is the state of the state Address. In Mississippi it is generally the only time this happens.

 

 

Our view: A weekend of culture and entertainment

Posted 1/22/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

You often hear there isn't much to do in Columbus. That is hardly the case this past week, especially. The week offered an embarrassment of riches for anyone who wanted to be informed, entertained and inspired, with two outstanding events unfolding almost simultaneously at the Trotter Convention Center (and other venues) and Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Our view: A time for change

Posted 1/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tommy Prude's term on the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees will end March 2. While there is some reason to believe Prude will ask to be re-appointed for another five-year term, we do not believe it is in the best interests of the district for Prude to return.

 

 

Our view: How you can improve education in Mississippi

Posted 1/16/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On a visit to the Dispatch about a month ago, Terry Brown, the Mississippi Senate pro tempore from Columbus, was asked why he so vigorously supports charter school legislation.

 

 

Our view: The Long Blue Line continues

Posted 1/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Mississippi University for Women revealed the results of a four-month effort to define, sharpen and unify its goals under the leadership of Dr. Jim Borsig, who has been on the job as president for about a year now.

 

 

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