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Our View: In the heat of summer our thoughts turn to ... water

Posted earlier today in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, a Kroger employee passed out bottles of water to grateful shoppers.

 

 

Our View: Starkville aldermen pay raise is hard to justify

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

Pretty much since it came into office in 2014, the current Starkville Board of Aldermen have been concerned about the financial welfare of those who work for the city.

 

 

Our View: Campaign finance needs more scrutiny

Posted 7/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State auditor Stacey Pickering has spent the last week dismissing allegations he used money donated to his campaign for personal use as little more than smear tactics by a desperate opponent, aided by a former Pickering campaign worker with inside knowledge of his campaign.

 

 

Our View: Common thread exists among law enforcement, public perception and the media

Posted 7/28/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a pretty tough time to be a good cop.

 

 

Our View: Out of the shadows, a question emerges

Posted 7/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Joe Max Higgins isn't the biggest man in Lowndes County, but he does cast the biggest shadow.

 

 

Our View: Columbus provides model on how to deal with state flag

Posted 7/22/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate over the Mississippi flag will continue for another five months, possibly longer if the Legislature takes the coward's path and defers to the voters to settle the matter at the polls.

 

 

Our View: Actions matter in campaigns

Posted 7/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Our View: Voters deserve to know candidates' position on flag issue

Posted 7/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, Rep. Jeff Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club. Smith, who has been in the Legislature since 1991, prefaced his remarks by saying his talk would be short in order to allow for questions from the audience.

 

 

Our View: Law, not personal beliefs, should guide judges' actions

Posted 7/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State law gives judges and county supervisors the right to perform civil marriage ceremonies; however, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, many of those local officials have decided to no longer perform ceremonies for any couple.

 

 

Our View: The wars of summer

Posted 7/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's summer in Mississippi and, of course, this means war.

 

 

Our View: Of beeswax and plastic birds

Posted 7/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Two famous men died recently: Don Featherstone and Burt Shavitz.

 

 

Our View: Our patriotic obligation

Posted 7/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

There are three major holidays that can be viewed as overtly patriotic celebrations, each set aside to honor a specific group.

 

 

Our View: State flag is bad for Mississippi's brand

Posted 7/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past two weeks, the debate over whether Mississippi should remove the Confederate flag from the state flag has focused primarily on two opposing views of what the Confederate flag represents -- heritage or hate.

 

 

Our View: State flag is bad for Mississippi's brand

Posted 7/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past two weeks, the debate over whether Mississippi should remove the Confederate flag from the state flag has focused primarily on two opposing views of what the Confederate flag represents -- heritage or hate.

 

 

Our View: Newspaper carriers provide link to a bygone era

Posted 6/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the Norman Rockwell version of America we carry around in our heads, the paperboy lives forever.

 

 

Our View: 'I want people to feel excited about being a volunteer ... '

Posted 6/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By her own admission, Renee Sanders might have seemed like an odd choice to replace Leslie Peel at the United Way of Lowndes County's Volunteer Center Director.

 

 

Our View: Rarely glamorous, coverage of local government is crucial

Posted 6/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Press Association conducts its Better Newspaper Contest to recognize outstanding work by state newspaper staffs.

 

Our View: Our flag should change

Posted 6/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi should change its flag. For more than a decade now our state has been the only former member of the Confederate States of America to incorporate that short-lived nation's battle flag into its state flag.

 

Our View: Camp Rising Sun is medicine for the spirit

Posted 6/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When media visit Camp Rising Sun, they are allowed to interview campers. There is just one rule: Don't mention the "C" word.

 

 

Our View: West Point's inclusive pre-K class is worthy of support

Posted 6/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the more positive influences of social media and the Internet -- aside from the ability to more easily share cat videos -- is crowdfunding, which allows people from all over the world to contribute money to what they deem to be a worthy cause.

 

 

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