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Our View: Breaking old stereotypes

Posted 6/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Boys are better than girls in math. It is a belief that has been perpetrated for generations and has become, for far too many of our girls, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

 

Our View: CMSD must tighten belt on its budget request

Posted 6/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Although the Columbus Municipal School District stresses it has not finalized its budget request for the 2017 school year, it seems certain the district will be requesting a significant increase in funding.

 

 

Our View: Kids Count? In Mississippi, not so much

Posted 6/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Ann E. Casey Foundation releases its exhaustive study of the well-being of America's children called Kids Count.

 

 

Our View: Finding common ground

Posted 6/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the early morning hours Saturday, as America learned of the horrific slaughter of 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we waited to hear the word we would run with, the word that confirmed our biases and advanced our narrative.

 

 

Our View: Summer: the season of the hungry child

Posted 6/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is a happy season for most kids, who depending on their age, are busy with work or sports or any number of activities that serve a break from the routine of the school year. But for many children here in the Golden Triangle and throughout the nation, summer can mean something else: It can mean going hungry.

 

 

Our View: County, city must work together on study of CLRA's future

Posted 6/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate about whether it is time to take a look at how the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority serves the community could not have started much worse.

 

 

Our View: Summer should be a time of exploring nature

Posted 6/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There is more than one way to waste a summer. Previously, we urged older teens to make productive use of their break from school by getting a job. The life lessons learned from those experiences often provide practical underpinning to "book learning."

 

 

Our View: It's never too early to think about careers

Posted 6/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When should young people start thinking about careers? Mike Clayborne, president of the CREATE Foundation, says eighth grade.

 

 

Our View: Aldermen put petty politics over prudence

Posted 6/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was an embarrassing day for the Starkville Board of Aldermen and, by extension, the city itself.

 

 

Our View: Let's put teens to work this summer

Posted 6/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is unfortunate that for many teens, the only thing they'll be working on this summer is their tans or curveballs or video game skills. Statistically, about 40 percent of America's teens work during the summer break.

 

 

Our View: A victory for open government

Posted 5/31/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and the city council did, in fact, violate Mississippi's Open Meeting Act.

 

 

Our View: Hughes bears unmistakable mark of leadership

Posted 5/27/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

He is a first-term state representative whose only previous credentials were a couple of terms as a city aldermen. His ties to his own party go back less than a year.

 

 

Our View: Unemployment rates show the importance of small business

Posted 5/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each month, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security releases its Labor Market Information Report, more commonly known as unemployment rates.

 

 

Our View: Leike and DeBardeleben deserve our gratitude

Posted 5/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Like all cities, Columbus has had its share of mistakes, misadventures and missed opportunities during its long history. It has also had its share of successes, too.

 

 

Our View: When becoming a part of the story is an obligation

Posted 5/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As a rule, the media rarely seeks to become part of the stories they report. It is a long-established tenet of the profession that the media works best when it is an impartial observer.

 

 

Our View: Students' success paints a hopeful portrait of public education

Posted 5/20/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Much of the news we hear these days about public education in Mississippi has been discouraging.

 

 

Our View: Starkville makes a wise investment in the future

Posted 5/18/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Before Tuesday, getting the city of Starkville to join the industrial development game had been sort of like bathing a cat: You can do it, but you're going to get scratched up a bit.

 

 

Our View: A tale of two cities

Posted 5/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is only 150 miles from Phoenix to Flagstaff, yet the difference between the two Arizona cities is striking.

 

 

Our View: A testament to Title IX

Posted 5/11/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Mississippi State will host the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament, something almost unimaginable as recently as 20 years ago.

 

 

Our View: Student's death tragic, avoidable

Posted 5/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Saturday was supposed to be the most festive day of the year on the campus of Mississippi State University, with commencement exercises and sporting events bringing thousands to campus.

 

 

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