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Our view: Citizens arise! Your presence needed tonight

Posted 7/23/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In our system of government, we sometimes are urged to remember that each citizen has a civic responsibility. We are also reminded that people generally get the kind of government they deserve. Most often, these reminders are confined to the election season as we choose our leaders on the national, state and local level.

 

 

Legalization of same sex marriage only a matter of time

Posted 7/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning in Tupelo a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license at the Lee County Courthouse as part of a campaign for marriage equality that is currently being staged in several southern states.

 

 

Our view: Crawford's needs should not be ignored

Posted 7/16/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday was a pretty good day to be a Lowndes County supervisor. During that meeting, a preliminary report from the county tax assessor's office shows the value of the county's general millage will increase by roughly $40,000, which will fatten the county coffers by roughly $1.1 million when the in-lieu payments are deducted.

 

 

Our view: The risk of taking our cues from talking heads

Posted 7/15/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

From the start, the Trayvon Martin tragedy was a polarizing story. It remains so today, less than 48 hours after a six-woman jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges.

 

 

Roses and thorns: 7/14/13

Posted 7/13/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our view: No excuses, fund education

Posted 7/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

For three years now, the Republican Party has held control of all three branches of Mississippi's government, and if there is one consistent pattern that can be detected it is this: Any idea that lies outside the narrow confines of conservative policy is rejected on the grounds that "we can't afford it."

 

 

Our view: Transparent as mud

Posted 7/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Every year, a few words become so popular that they enter the dictionary. Last year, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added such words/phrases as "f-bomb," "sexting," "bucket list" and "aha moment."

 

 

Our view: Robert Smith's circus

Posted 7/5/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Like a child who is convinced that he has committed the perfect crime in sampling the forbidden cake, unaware that the evidence of his offense is smeared across his face, the Columbus City Council has again pulled off a stunt that has fooled absolutely no one.

 

 

Our view: Starkville fires most competent employee

Posted 7/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Flat Earth Consul, otherwise known as the Starkville Board of Aldermen, held its first official meeting Tuesday and immediately began its War on Competence, voting 5-2 to fire Lynn Spruill as the city's chief administrative officer.

 

 

The new council's first best move

Posted 6/29/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night, a new Columbus city council will convene for its first meeting. In reality, there's not much new about this group since Marty Turner is the lone new council member.

 

 

Our view: MSU fans have much to celebrate

Posted 6/27/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

By Friday afternoon -- when the last out of Mississippi State's 4-1 win over Oregon State had secured the Bulldogs a spot in the College World Series championship series, the river of excitement produced by Mississippi State's baseball team had become a torrent.

 

 

Our view: The dog of summer

Posted 6/25/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

A Mississippi summer is like a hungry dog that's been scolded away from the dinner table: It sort of inches up on us, hoping we won't notice until one day we feel its hot, wet breath and know it's here.

 

 

Our view: School board must move quickly, choose wisely

Posted 6/20/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Less than a day after the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees made the decision to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell, the board met again Tuesday to officially begin the process of finding an interim superintendent. The board also set in motion a search for a new chief financial officer to replace Kenneth Hughes, who was fired by Liddell on May 3.

 

 

Our view: After the storm, challenges remain for CMSD

Posted 6/18/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The storm is over. Now the clean-up begins. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees fired superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Monday, whose bid to retain her seat by the only means apparently available -- turning the issue into a matter of race and gender -- failed in light of the facts that demonstrated clear examples of misconduct.

 

 

Our view: Celebrate Father's Day, if you insist ...

Posted 6/14/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday is Father's Day or, as the nation's florists like to call it, "vacation." If Father's Day does not typically produce the depth of emotion that always accompanies Mother's Day, it should not be taken as proof that moms are more loved or more important than dads.

 

 

Our View: Content, not color

Posted 6/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday's special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board ended in much the same fashion as the special meeting held last week: Nothing was done. But much happened.

 

 

Our view: CMSD Board: A lack of institutional control?

Posted 6/11/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

In college athletics, when evidence emerges that a coach has committed serious offenses, the NCAA (the governing body of college athletics) focuses its attention not only on the coach and the athletic department, but on the university's administration as well. The most serious finding that can result in these cases is something the NCAA calls "lack of institutional control," a charge that ensures the harshest of penalties.

 

 

Our view: More plowshares, fewer swords

Posted 6/7/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

When the increasingly infamous sequester officially began in March, the sky did not fall. Well, it didn't fall right away.

 

 

Our view: Elvis would be proud of his cousin's compassion

Posted 6/6/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Brandon Presley has a ceiling he will never break through: He will never be Lee County's MPP (Most Popular Presley).

 

 

Our view: Voting: a right, an obligation, an opportunity

Posted 6/4/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

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