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Our view: Barbour should confront state's past head-on

Posted 2/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Will there ever be a president from Mississippi? Maybe someday, but it would take a Herculean effort, which Gov. Haley Barbour is discovering. Unfortunately for Barbour, our reputation precedes us. We're the place where Medgar Evers was shot and Emmitt Till was lynched, where three civil rights workers were buried in a Neshoba County levee, where students and townspeople rioted in Oxford to keep Ole Miss lily white.

 

 

Our View: A sign of the times: Along the Riverwalk, you're being watched

Posted 2/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As the weather turns warmer, more of us are getting outside. Those of us shaking off the cobwebs of winter and taking in some exercise along the Riverwalk have noticed more than the signs of spring emerging.

 

 

Our view: Nathan Bedford Forrest plate a shameful idea

Posted 2/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

To the rest of the world, the idea is beyond ironic. It's incredulous. Mississippi, 150 years almost to the day after it seceded from the union, is considering putting Nathan Bedford Forrest on a license plate.

 

 

Our view: Get out in your garden

Posted 2/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Maybe the groundhog was right. We were muttering under our breaths in subfreezing temperatures, trudging through four inches of ice and snow, just a week ago. But maybe we'll have an early spring after all.

 

 

Our view: Our collective past

Posted 2/16/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A phrase used by Donna Stark in a Local Voices piece in Monday's Dispatch has caused a stir among our reader-bloggers.

 

Our view: Where's global warming when we need it?

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have a hard time remembering when a sunny day felt so cold in Columbus. We were emboldened Thursday afternoon, encouraged by the clouds parting and the snow dripping slowly off the rooftops. But looks were deceiving.

 

Our View: With drama over, assess tourism priorities

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears city and county leaders have found common ground over the makeup of the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The council voted in a special meeting to follow the lead of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, with each body appointing two industry-specific members and one at-large member.

 

 

Our view: City needs a better plan for its planner

Posted 2/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus' latest attempt to forge a comprehensive city plan died Thursday with the resignation of Patricia Southerland, who had occupied the new position of city planner for just five months.

 

 

Our view: Politics and potholes don't mix

Posted 2/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Does anyone remember Operation Pretense? That was the name of big Mississippi FBI sting back in the 1980s, which ended with the convictions of 55 county supervisors on bribery and corruption charges.

 

 

Our view: In this game of Chicken, we all lose

Posted 2/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Chicken is a game that can't have two winners -- but it can have two losers. The city and county are playing a game of chicken, with the city Convention and Visitors Bureau at the point of impact.

 

 

Our view: Fewer echo chambers, more common ground

Posted 2/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's an echo chamber? Literally, it is an enclosed, hollow space allowing our own words to bounce back to us. Figuratively, the term has applied to most any group that surrounds itself with others that have like-minded opinions.

 

 

Highway 45 merchants, unite

Posted 1/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Downtown Columbus gets a lot of love. But the truth is, most people in Columbus shop along Highway 45.

 

 

Columbus High accentuates the positive

Posted 1/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus High staff, parents and students last night hosted the first of what should grow into an annual celebration of the diverse range of activities at the school.

 

 

Pass stronger animal cruelty laws

Posted 1/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With our poverty and health issues, it's hard enough to be a human here. If you're a dog or a cat, forget it.

 

 

The buck stops here: Why deer farms are a bad idea

Posted 1/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have farm-raised catfish. Why not farm-raised deer?

 

 

Coming together for a more attractive 'front door'

Posted 1/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Right now, it doesn't look like much. But two improvements to the Columbus will beautify the downtown's front door and, in time, even transform how many of us interact with downtown itself.

 

 

Eating our way out of recession

Posted 1/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Is the way to the area's economic recovery through our stomachs? Maybe so. Several interesting new restaurants have opened across the Golden Triangle in recent weeks.

 

 

The pursuit of excellence: School sets standard we should strive for on other projects

Posted 1/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With its impressive architecture and attention to detail, the new Columbus Middle School has raised the bar on local public works projects.

 

 

Columbus schools' new crown jewel

Posted 1/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

From the outside, the architecture of the new, $19.1-million Columbus Middle School is classic yet modern. You're more impressed when you enter the rotunda, the hub at the school's center, with its halls jutting off in each direction. But once you hit the carpet, you know this school is truly different from anything else in the Columbus School District.

 

 

Mother Nature declares a holiday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The yankees among us might snicker at our reaction to what are typical spring days in many places north of Tennessee. But understand, we're not used to this.

 

 

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