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Our View: For Woodard and other seniors, new challenges await

Posted 11/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Like hundreds of thousands of high school seniors, Robert Woodard II has decided where he will attend college next year.



Our View: CMSD: Let's get it right this time

Posted 11/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted for a change in leadership.



Our View: Firing of football coach results in bewilderment

Posted 11/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was not a good day to be a Falcon.



Our View: Manipulation of city codes wrong response to Premier Lounge shooting

Posted 11/9/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The elected officials of Columbus have many obligations, among them the responsibility to promote public safety, often through policy decisions.



Our View: Hospital vote sends sobering message to both sides

Posted 11/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The people have spoken. Now it's time to listen to what they said.



Our View: CVB funding: Lowndes County cannot be a house divided

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past few weeks, as we have watched county and city officials squabble over the details of a renewal of the two-percent restaurant tax, our attitude has devolved from disappointment to consternation and now borders on disgust.



Our View: Today's election has long-term consequences

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Special elections generally feature low voter turnout.



Our View: City should be commended for quick response to shooting

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It will take some time for us to know the full story of the officer-involved shooting death during the early morning hours Saturday.



Our View: Underhanded campaigns sully hospital sale referendum

Posted 11/3/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, voters in Oktibbeha County will go to the polls to decide if the county can sell the county-owned OCH Regional Medical Center. The vote, it is thought, will bring to an end a long and emotionally charged debate.



Our View: It should never have come to this

Posted 11/2/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

What was supposed to have been a routine measure to extend Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax has become an unseemly turf war between the city of Columbus and the county.



Our View: Taking full measure of the 'Mullen effect'

Posted 10/31/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

A Ph.D. candidate in sociology in search of a dissertation might consider examining college football fans for insight into human behavior.



Our View: Relationships at the root of our rich cultural offerings

Posted 10/27/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The expression, "It's all about who you know," most often carries a negative connotation, suggesting that relationships often lead to advantages.



Our View: Governor, Legislature shouldn't pass the buck on flag, tax increase

Posted 10/26/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Elizabeth Abston and Julian Rankin of the Mississippi Museum of Art, unfurled Mississippi's bi-centennial flag during the Hazard Lecture Series at Heritage Academy Elementary School.



Our View: From failing schools come failing communities

Posted 10/20/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever year at this time, the Mississippi Department of Education releases its "report cards" for schools and school districts throughout the state.



Our View: A weekend chock full of options

Posted 10/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Aprils and Octobers are distant relatives (calendar-wise, at least), but share common traits.



Our View: An encouraging victory in the fight against cancer

Posted 10/13/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The story of MUW math professor Dr. Agnes Carino illustrates an important point where medical treatment is concerned.



Our View: Automation creates anticipation, anxiety

Posted 10/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Americans are fascinated by technology, including automation and robotics. We are also more than a little frightened of it.



Our View: Many felons deserve easier path to restoring voting rights

Posted 10/11/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight at 6 at the Level III nightclub on Main Street in Starkville, Mississippi District 38 congressional candidate Cheikh Taylor will host the third annual Expungement Forum.



Our View: Body camera video on police proves helpful

Posted 10/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been three years since the Columbus Police Department first began equipping its officers with body cameras.



Our View: Next week's housing initiative could lead to a stronger community

Posted 10/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Want to improve our community by reducing poverty, crime, failing schools, drug/alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and falling property rates?



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