DISPATCH EDITORIALS

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Our View: Jeff Smith: Beer czar or just bizarre?

Posted 2/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As the Legislature proceeds with its 2016 session, the economic outlook is worrisome for out state.

 

 

Our View: New gun bill is a reckless distortion of the Second Amendment

Posted 2/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Contrary to the views of some of our legislators, the Second Amendment is not under attack in Mississippi.

 

 

Our View: President Trump?

Posted 2/23/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

A year ago, when the billionaire real estate developer and "reality" TV star announced his candidacy for the presidency, it was widely regarded as little more than a temporary, if wildly entertaining, diversion in the long, exhausting journey to the 2016 election.

 

 

Our View: For better or worse, Columbus captures national attention

Posted 2/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, there are two types of publicity.

 

 

Our View: The lifeblood of our community

Posted 2/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is a common metaphor, used to stress the importance of some thing or quality. From our children to our community service to churches, schools and businesses, all sometimes referred to as "the lifeblood our community."

 

 

Our View: City's handling of Ball incident continues to undermine confidence

Posted 2/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By it's very nature, the Oct. 16 officer-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball put the city of Columbus' elected leaders and its police department in a difficult situation.

 

 

Our View: City's appeal of ruling is a continued assault on open government

Posted 2/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Dec. 5, 2014, the Mississippi Ethics Commission ruled the city of Columbus had violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding two separate non-quorum meetings the previous February where city business was discussed privately and without public notice.

 

 

Our View: Ward 5 voters have plenty of options

Posted 2/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Feb. 16, voters who live in Ward 5 of Columbus will select the person who will represent them on the city council.

 

 

Our View: Help us celebrate Catfish Alley milestone Thursday

Posted 2/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Before the first edition of Catfish Alley magazine was published, a lot of questions had to be answered, yet one remained after those first magazines were delivered: How long can we keep this up?

 

 

Our View: Small town living: best of both worlds

Posted 2/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Living in a small town often comes with trade-offs.

 

 

Our View: Challenges presented by immigration nothing new

Posted 1/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the hottest topics in this year's presidential election race, is immigration. But, really, what's new about that?

 

 

Our View: Severstal was our 'Roger Bannister' moment

Posted 1/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, local and state officials, along with executives from Steel Dynamics, Inc., gathered just south of the steel-mill for a ground-breaking ceremony for SDI's $100-million expansion.

 

 

Our View: Marty Turner's Facebook outbursts

Posted 1/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For the second time in three months, Columbus Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner has used social media to attack a fellow councilman.

 

 

Our View: Road/bridge improvements a pressing need

Posted 1/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tax is a four-letter word in Mississippi, especially among those who self-identify as Conservative.

 

 

Our View: Mayor should veto council's vote on police chief

Posted 1/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has never vetoed a city council decision. It's time for Smith to use that power.

 

 

Our View: An easy fix for supes

Posted 1/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past couple of years, the regular meetings of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have been largely tranquil gatherings.

 

 

Meetings on gun violence not a cure, but a treatment

Posted 1/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, a group of Columbus residents gathered at Columbus High School to listen and speak on the subject of gun violence in the city.

 

 

Our View: Drones: a new technology with its own set of challenges

Posted 1/14/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When new technology emerges, it often takes a while -- sometimes years -- to understand its implications.

 

 

Our View: Play ball? The W takes a step in that direction

Posted 1/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Almost from the moment he arrived at Mississippi University for Women as its 14th president in 2012, Dr. Jim Borsig has said the return of college athletics would be a goal for the university.

 

 

Our View: Public deserves more thorough discussion of personnel decisions

Posted 1/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

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