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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.



Our View: A salute to 'Slash'

Posted 6/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, Linda Winston has an award that recognizes her as Teacher of the Year for the MAACE (Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators).



Our View: Food Stamp program more than meets the eye

Posted 6/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever since FDR and the New Deal, there has been a robust debate over what to do about the nation's poor.



Our View: Four years of fighting has produced no winners

Posted 6/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's regular meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees deteriorated into a three-hour spectacle of petty bickering, icy exchanges and dogged devotion to personal agendas.



Our View: Poverty's difficult questions

Posted 6/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Lewis Whitfield of the CREATE Foundation spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the challenges facing our region.



Our View: Parent rage has no place in youth sports

Posted 6/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The game had ended and the players were leaving the field, all except for one 8-year-old.



Our View: Woodard gives Columbus someone to cheer for

Posted 6/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

An estimated half-million boys play high school basketball, but few play it as well as Robert Woodard II.



Our View: The more we (don't) know ...

Posted 6/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have ever attended a workshop or seminar that focuses on communication, you are familiar with this exercise: The trainer whispers a bit of information -- usually a sentence, maybe two -- into the ear of the first person, who turns and relays that information to the next person.



Our View: Voting isn't just a right; it's an obligation

Posted 6/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters in Mississippi's First Congressional District will go to the polls to choose their representative in the U.S. House.



Our View: Kelly is the better choice

Posted 5/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, north Mississippi voters will go to the polls to select the person who will represent District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Trent Kelly and Democrat Walter Zinn, Jr., meet in the run-off.



Our View: Why spelling still matters

Posted 5/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Few things have been under greater attack in the age of the personal computer and social media than the craft/art/discipline of spelling.



Remembering their sacrifices

Posted 5/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. There are planned events and observances scheduled throughout the country, including here in the Golden Triangle. For most citizens, however, the long holiday weekend will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy gatherings with family and/or friends and have some fun.



Our View: City needs consistent approach to festival beer sales

Posted 5/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus city council voted 5-1 against granting the annual Juneteenth Festival, held each year at Sim Scott Park, permission to sell beer this year, county supervisor Leroy Brooks denounced the decision as election-year politics.



Our View: Important work done with little fanfare

Posted 5/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It is an important job few seem to want, where success is best measured by what you don't see.



Our View: When political signs become litter

Posted 5/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Canadian rock group "Five Man Electrical Band" might well have slipped into musical obscurity had it not been for its single U.S. hit, "Signs."



Our View: Class size matters

Posted 5/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When the results of the state-mandated "third-grate gate" assessment were announced last week, two school districts out of 155 reported a 100-percent passing rate.



Our View: School bond issue passes; OK, what now?

Posted 5/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When voters passed a $44 million bond for additions and improvements in the Lowndes County School District by the narrowest of margins, it brought to an end a difficult 10-month struggle for bond supporters.



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