DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: It's about time: The CVB needs an official attorney

Posted 5/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

They're not there yet. But they took a step in the right direction.

 

 

Our opinion: What was the tourism board thinking?

Posted 5/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're not attorneys. But it doesn't take one to see that recent actions by the board were unethical, if not illegal. State law agrees.

 

 

Our opinion: Tourism board's open meetings violations disturbing

Posted 5/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Where are our heroes in Lowndes County? We know there is a shortage of heroes on the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has made what appear to be some clear-cut violations of the state's Open Meetings Act.

 

 

Our opinion: Let's learn our lessons from New Hope

Posted 5/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's in the water in New Hope? The unincorporated community east of Columbus in Lowndes County has had its share of controversy in recent weeks.

 

 

Our view: A historic treasure gone, with little explanation

Posted 5/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Friendship House belongs to the ages. The home, built in 1890, was razed to the ground Wednesday by its owner, First Baptist Church. Back hoes and dump trucks were on the property mere hours after a deadline expired set by the church, which was offering the home for $1 to anyone who would move it.

 

 

Our opinion: Give an audience to this church's theater plan

Posted 5/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Varsity Theater is an eyesore. The empty cinema, abandoned by Malco when it opened its new multiplex on Highway 45 near Kmart, has sat dormant for years.

 

 

Our opinion: A picture-perfect market Street Festival

Posted 5/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Laughter, friendship, reconnecting with family and old friends -- and a party atmosphere. Those are emotional, intangible benefits of the festival.

 

 

Columbus leaders: End the volunteer overtime system

Posted 5/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus is halfway through its 2011 fiscal year, and voted this week to nearly double the amount of overtime it pays its police officers -- adding $150,000 to the $200,000 it already had budgeted.

 

 

Our opinion: Trouble in Hazzard County

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We know that in the real world, police work is serious business. Accidents happen. But sometimes, considering recent events, we wonder if we're living in Hazzard County.

 

 

Our opinion: Starkville's school board has lost credibility

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.

 

 

Our View: It's our Katrina, and it isn't

Posted 5/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.

 

 

Our opinion: CAFB's immeasurable impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

With military precision, the base performs its three-fold mission: Produce pilots. Advance airmen. Feed the fight. And, the Golden Triangle reaps the benefits from the base's presence.

 

 

Our opinion: Amid hellish storm, a Golden Triangle miracle

Posted 4/28/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Yes, the power went out and sirens sounded. But in Columbus and Lowndes County, and much of Oktibbeha County, a miracle among miracles was happening Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, all around us was hell on earth.

 

 

Our View: The school board's tough new homework: Finding Phillips' successor

Posted 4/27/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District is ending its chapter of the Del Phillips era. The 39-year-old Phillips is moving on, taking the reins of the 28,000-student Sumner County School District, north of Nashville, Tenn., in June.

 

 

Our opinion: Kids with guns

Posted 4/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The latest Justice Department report on safety in our schools contains quite an understatement: "The presence of weapons at school may interfere with teaching and learning by creating an intimidating and threatening atmosphere."

 

 

Our opinion: At the center of high-tech classrooms, old-school teachers

Posted 4/21/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Classrooms are different places than they were a generation ago -- even five years ago.

 

 

Our opinion: At The W, a bitter conflict resolved

Posted 4/19/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our opinion: The lost art of putting pen to paper

Posted 4/15/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us have them, tucked away in a box or closet: Letters that have been passed down through the generations.

 

 

Our opinion: Let's get serious about graffiti

Posted 4/14/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Many police departments subscribe to the "broken window" theory of policing. This holds that police should get serious about preventing small crimes, such as vandalism.

 

 

Our View: The way out of Mississippi's food desert

Posted 4/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's a food desert? Many of us in Mississippi, one of the nation's most fertile states, have limited access to healthy foods.

 

 

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