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Our View: A compliant but unenthusiastic response to special-ed needs

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Dispatch Editorials

Before Monday's special-call meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees meeting, board president Jason Spears said he hoped the meeting -- an open forum on the district's special education program -- would show the district's efforts go beyond "checking the boxes."



Our View: Mayhew: From bees and beer to a center for education

Posted 9/20/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There's not much to Mayhew, at least not that first meets the eye.



Our View: Shopping for a college

Posted 9/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

High-achieving students may be different in myriad ways, but one thing they have in common is keen sense of curiosity.



Our View: Lewis' response to rogue officer inadequate

Posted 9/13/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, during the Columbus city council's regular meeting, a personnel matter will be discussed in executive session. Typically, the nature of these personnel matters is a mystery. But in this case, it's the worst-kept secret in town.



Our View: As Irma refugees among us wait in limbo, we have an opportunity to show our hospitality

Posted 9/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The devastation of the past two weeks, first in Texas and then in Florida, has touched our generous nature.



Supreme Court's decision is a win for all citizens

Posted 9/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Supreme Court's unanimous decision in favor of The Dispatch and against the city of Columbus Thursday goes far beyond circulation areas or city limits.



Our View: Due diligence needed on the issue of privatizing public works

Posted 9/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For the third time in 10 years -- and the second time in three years -- the city of Columbus is considering a move to privatize its public works department.



Our View: Now is the time to offer support to storm victims

Posted 8/31/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Hurricane Harvey and its related flooding is an unprecedented disaster that will require an unprecedented response.



Our View: There is no place for guns in our courthouses

Posted 8/30/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Supreme Court will soon hear a case that began in Lowndes County over whether judges can ban guns from courthouses.



Our View: Police chief's action plan is a public record

Posted 8/25/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Three weeks ago, the city of Columbus released the report conducted by police department consultant K.B. Turner.



Our View: Polishing the jewel

Posted 8/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The promise of cooler weather just over the horizon is certain to stir us from our heat-induced seclusion.



Our View: Burns Bottom Redevelopment a risk worth taking

Posted 8/23/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday marked a key moment in the efforts by the city of Columbus to redevelop blighted areas of the city, a move that every citizen should support, even though it will mean an increase in taxes.



Our View: The Class of 2018

Posted 8/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Welcome teachers, as we present to you the Class of 2018.



Our View: Confederate monuments: The time for conversation is now

Posted 8/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Only hours after a protest organized by white nationalists against the removal of a Confederate monument erupted in chaos and deadly violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Southern mayor announced the violence had caused him to speed up plans for relocating Confederate statuary in his town.



Our View: Solar eclipse is a sight to behold

Posted 8/11/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

We've never seen anything quite like it. No, we are not referring to the solar eclipse that will travel a course across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21.



Our View: Will it improve our lives? Is the city being prudent?

Posted 8/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to taxes, reasonable people understand the basic principle that the public services we rely on do not fall out of the sky like manna from heaven.



Our View: Childlike wonder, let's have more of it

Posted 8/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In Sunday's edition, Lifestyles editor Jan Swoope told the story of Erik Studdard, a Columbus graphic artist with a passion for toy photography, which involves staging small toy characters in scenes, then photographing them.



Our View: Council now must make a decision about police chief

Posted 8/4/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus City Council voted to hire a consultant to examine the city's police department in January, it took a big first step in improving public safety for its citizens.



Our View: Boyd stands in the middle of community and a changing YMCA

Posted 8/2/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Andy Boyd stood in front of a group of about 40 New Hope YMCA members Tuesday night and no one present had more "skin in the game" than he.



Our View: Ellis was model of public servant

Posted 8/1/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For close to four decades, Tyrone Ellis was a steady, moderate and respected voice in the Mississippi Legislature.



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