DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Soccer Park bearing long-awaited fruit

Posted 5/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend, Columbus will host The President's Cup soccer tournament, a state-wide event that will attract 120 teams and close to 5,000 visitors.

 

 

Our View: One more example of city's misplaced priorities

Posted 5/20/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Late Friday afternoon, Robyn Eastman of J5/Broaddus put the finishing touches on an extensive list of the projects that could be pursued should the city of Columbus secure a $5 million bond for infrastructure improvements.

 

 

Our View: River Island Park makes perfect sense

Posted 5/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

After more than a year of batting around ideas about what to do with the city-owned seven-acre parcel of land on The Island, immediately across the river from the Riverwalk, the Columbus City Council moved quickly Thursday.

 

 

Our View: After 48 hours, the verdict is in

Posted 5/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In a span of 48 hours this week, we learned all we need to know to confirm that the Columbus Municipal School District, as it presently exists, is damaged beyond repair.

 

 

Our View: A 'golden' opportunity

Posted 5/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, a consultant hired by the Golden Triangle Development LINK to assess the future of economic development in our area revealed his findings in a public meeting at the Mayhew campus of East Mississippi Community College, a day after sharing that information with public officials.

 

 

Our View: Riverfront development a source of pride for generations to come

Posted 5/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Officials say the sidewalk project connecting the Riverwalk to the Columbus Soccer Complex will be completed by the end of the year.

 

 

Our View: Proposed redevelopment authority could help private dollars flow

Posted 5/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's public hearing on the city of Columbus' intention to create a redevelopment authority may not have satisfied all those who view city government with skepticism.

 

 

Our View: Citizens denied voice in alcohol law change

Posted 5/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

For a group that prides themselves on bending over backward to facilitate economic development, the Starkville aldermen's latest move to quash discussions on amending alcohol sales is completely inconsistent with its mantra.

 

 

Our View: What if helping became a habit?

Posted 5/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The aftermath of storms such as the ones we witnessed this week remind of what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature."

 

 

Our View: When the new media is more than 'social'

Posted 4/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Anyone old enough to have an AARP card remembers when major storms were accompanied by a painfully slow dissemination of news. When the old telephone, radio and TV transmission lines were interrupted, storm survivors and their family and friends far away waited anxiously for news.

 

 

Our View: A holiday we should give up

Posted 4/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

 

 

Our View: School board meeting departs from script

Posted 4/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met in a specially called meeting last night to select a search firm for a new superintendent.

 

 

Our View: An open and fair discussion? Don't count on it.

Posted 4/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Columbus Municipal School Board will hold a specially called fist-fight to select a search firm to identify candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Our View: Muscle Shoals: There's still a message in the music

Posted 4/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, PBS aired the documentary "Muscle Shoals," presented as "the incredible true story of a small town with a big sound." For those who had the misfortune to miss it, the film tells the story of a desperately poor young musician named Rick Hall who overcame crushing poverty and staggering tragedies to bring black and white musicians together to create music for the generations.

 

 

Our View: Spring: a season of optimism

Posted 4/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was the day for recovery for folks in the flower business.

 

 

Our View: Your voice makes a difference

Posted 4/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A newcomer to Columbus might, after some observation, conclude that people here simply do not care about what is happening in our community.

 

 

Our View: An encouraging development on the education front

Posted 4/17/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Legislature produces a handful of education bills. Once in a great while, the group actually includes a good idea.

 

 

Our View: When the shoe is on the other foot

Posted 4/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's uniformly contentious and often ridiculous meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the board finally got around to interviewing candidates for the search firm that will be charged with identifying candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.

 

 

Our View: Columbus school board sinks to new low

Posted 4/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Like the recent warm weather, the hope of harmony on the Columbus Municipal School District has proven to be fleeting. It's back to chaos as usual for the CMSD, a dispiriting blow to the community whose fortunes are closely tied to the success of its schools.

 

 

Our view: Excuse for three-person budget committee is pathetic at best

Posted 4/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville aldermen should reorganize the city's three-person audit and budget committee to include any and all representatives willing to participate in financial discussions, and any foot dragging should be perceived as an attempt to deny at least one alderman's right to represent his constituents.

 

 

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