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Our View: Kick-off tonight

Posted 8/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The high school football season begins tonight.



Our View: Correnti's contributions should not be forgotten

Posted 8/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The sudden death of steel-mill developer John Correnti Tuesday in Chicago, was a stunning bit of news throughout the industry, including here in Lowndes County.



Our View: YMCA, Rotary join forces to ease the suffering of Parkinson's patients

Posted 8/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Frank P. Phillips YMCA Parkinson's aquatics exercise program that started 10 years ago really began in Japan, when Wesley Platt visited an international Rotary Convention in Osaka.



Our View: Miss. should not fight challenge to its ban on same-sex adoptions

Posted 8/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday, the LGBT advocacy group Campaign for Southern Equality filed suit against the state of Mississippi challenging the state law that prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children.



Our View: County's interest in Lee Middle School presents conundrum

Posted 8/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Four more than four years now, the Columbus Municipal School District has been trying to sell the 96,350-square-foot Lee Middle School property.



Our View: Muslim population should not be subject of unfair speculation

Posted 8/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the immediate aftermath of Saturday's arrest of two former Mississippi State students who the FBI says were trying to leave the U.S. to join The Islamic State in Syria, there have been some who have turned a suspicious eye to the parents of the two young suspects as well as the Islamic Center of Mississippi, located just off the MSU campus, and the large Muslim student population at the university.



Our View: Another school year begins

Posted 8/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By the calendar, there are still seven weeks of summer remaining, but for roughly 10,000 kids in Columbus and Lowndes County, the season ended Tuesday.



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

Posted 7/31/2015 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 7/30/2015 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.



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