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Our View: Events welcome return of fall

Posted 10/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer, which always seems to overstay its welcome in this part of the world, finally packed its bags and went away Thursday, giving us one last day of 90-degree weather as festive fall arrived.



Our View: United Way makes our charities stronger, better

Posted 10/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

More than 20 years ago, German chemical company BASF created a slogan that still ranks among the most effective in advertising history: "At BASF, we don't make a lot of the products you buy; We make a lot of the products you buy better."



Our View: Velek's departure leaves questions about the direction of competitive soccer in Columbus

Posted 10/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When Tom Velek announced he was stepping down as director of coaching for soccer in Columbus and as director of competitive soccer for Columbus United, the competitive soccer club of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, last week, there was no disputing that he leaves a void that will be a challenge to fill.



Our View: A salute to Columbus firefighters

Posted 10/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

City work is no place for folks with thin skin.



Our View: State drug courts: good for offenders, good for society

Posted 10/7/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, Bill Waller, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, was in town to speak to the Columbus Rotary Club and he devoted much of his time talking about two subjects - the state's electronic court system and its drug court program.



Our View: A tale of two investments

Posted 10/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the state of Mississippi broke even, you might say.



Our View: It's up to the gun owners now

Posted 10/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's like a rerun of a show you never liked in the first place.



Our View: A reassuring reminder

Posted 10/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Every so often, we are reminded our world -- the one before us, the one we can reach out and touch -- is not nearly so desperate a place as we might be led to believe.



Our View: Depot development is a boost to city

Posted 9/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When work crews began demo work on part of the old train Depot on Main Street this week, the buzz began.



Our View: MSU, Ole Miss leaders in football concussion research

Posted 9/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Football, an observer once noted, is not a contact sport; it is a collision sport.



Our View: MSU's expanding role as a research institution

Posted 9/25/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For most of the 20th Century, Mississippi State University was best known for its agricultural and veterinary programs, a point of pride for a state with strong ties to farming and industries such as poultry and commercial livestock industries.



Our View: Beavers: The first landscape architects

Posted 9/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the state of Mississippi and as many as 70 of the state's 82 counties provide funds for beaver control, money used by the USDA Wildlife Services uses to control the beaver population and destroy the dams they build.



Our View: Where is the urgency now?

Posted 9/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

"It is an urgent matter."



Our View: While improving, student participation in WorkKeys test needs more encouragement

Posted 9/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It used to be that what distinguished a "good job" from all the rest was based on when you showered: The person with the good job showered before work; all the others showered after work.



Our View: Selection process casts pall over judge appointment

Posted 9/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus city council is expected to appoint a new municipal judge tonight.



Our View: MSU erred in aftermath of 'active shooter' incident

Posted 9/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, Mississippi State University was notified by a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer that a suicidal student was on campus and intended to shoot himself or others.



Our View: It is wise to look beyond the numbers

Posted 9/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Cats are better than dogs -- and vice versa -- as statistics, studies, magazine rankings and polls clearly indicate.



Our View: Horse park another giant step closer to reality

Posted 9/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For more than a year now, Lowndes County and the Mississippi State University Extension Service have been working on plans to build a multi-purpose outdoor facility that could be used for horse and livestock shows, 4H competitions and just about any other event suited to a large covered space.



Our View: Enjoy the offerings

Posted 9/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you walk or drive over to Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, you might notice an abundance of bouquets spread across the historic grounds.



Our View: Convenience store ordinance fails to get at the root of the problem

Posted 9/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

We cannot decide what we dislike more: The new ordinance or the way it was carried out.



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