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Our View: MDOC's new visitation policy should be scrapped

Posted 9/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Corrections acknowledged a change in its prisoner visitation policy.



Our View: Leaders and followers

Posted 8/31/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In non-maritime references, the word "flagship" is used to describe one of a group of things which is recognized for its leadership qualities.



Our View: Nuns' murders should begin dialogue on death penalty

Posted 8/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there was a textbook case for the death penalty, this should have been it.



Nature’s force

Posted 8/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Nature can be a magnificent thing when we pause to notice.



Our View: All of us play a role in ensuring veterans services

Posted 8/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There are many, many ways we honor our veterans, all of them merited.



Our View: Student test scores should be viewed in proper context

Posted 8/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Department of Education released the results of the statewide Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) test this week.



Our View: AG Hood's job is harder than it should be

Posted 8/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Jim Hood has a tough job. In recent years, it's even tougher than it ought to be.



Our View: A one-horse race doesn't always produce a winner

Posted 8/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For some time now, city leaders in Columbus have been a door-to-door salesman's dream. Now it appears Lowndes County leaders are equally accommodating.



Our View: From Frisbee golf to comic books to gourmet food, a jam-packed weekend

Posted 8/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, summer weekends are a "do it yourself" proposition where arts, entertainment and events are concerned. It's just too hot, the thinking goes.



Our View: Unmet needs represent opportunity for service

Posted 8/11/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, we told the story of Kay McElroy and the Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary she founded in Caledonia 29 years ago.



Our View: In Tollison, a capable advocate for education

Posted 8/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Of the many, many voices we hear from Mississippi's elected leaders on the subject of K-12 education, it is interesting that the two most articulate and well-reasoned are, essentially, neighbors.



Our View: The value of a college education

Posted 8/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Something very important is happening this week, even for those of us who aren't directly involved.



Our View: Communication builds trust between police, community

Posted 8/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Talk about unfortunate timing. On Wednesday, a day after the national "Night Out Against Crime," no fewer than five felonies were reported in Columbus.



Our View: Crying 'uncle'

Posted 8/4/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On a playground, a scuffle ends when one of the kids is forced to "say uncle." But when it comes to the two-year tenure of Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, we've been crying uncle since the very start.



Our View: Relationships are key to fighting crime

Posted 8/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Columbus Police Department held its annual "Night Out Against Crime," with officers fanning out across the city to mix and mingle with residents in seven neighborhoods.



Our View: School supplies tax holiday is a token gesture

Posted 7/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend marks the state's eighth school sales tax holiday.



Our View: A treasure at our doorstep

Posted 7/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It was a phone conversation during a walk along the short span of shaded path that connects the Columbus Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.



Our View: New hope for Lee Middle School property

Posted 7/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For five years now, Lee Middle School has sat vacant, and it may be several years before we see any activity on the property.



Our View: Bulldog Bash must remain in Starkville

Posted 7/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The relationship between Mississippi State University and the city of Starkville is essential to the success of both, though at times that seems to be forgotten.



Our View: College campuses play important role in battle against tobacco

Posted 7/20/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By the end of the year, all three of our area's college campuses will be officially tobacco-free.



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