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Our View: Low turnout is proof of Mississippi's failure to update election laws

Posted 7/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On June 5, just 15 percent of eligible voters went to the polls for the Republican and Democratic party primaries, an embarrassingly low turnout.



Our View: Independence: An unfinished work

Posted 7/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Much to John Adams' surprise, Americans will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, which is July 4.



Our View: After building stability, Borsig will be missed at The W

Posted 6/29/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Friday was Jim Borsig's last day as president as Mississippi University for Women and to say he will be missed hardly seems worth mentioning.



Our View: SDI expansion marks another bright day for area

Posted 6/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2014, when Severstal was sold to Indiana-based Steel Dynamics, there was a bit of uneasiness accompanying the change in ownership.



Our View: Online sales tax ruling a win for the state, local business

Posted 6/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that struck down a restriction on internet sales tax could provide a desperately needed financial shot in the arm for the state, whose orgy of tax cuts in recent years has left state agencies reeling and road/bridge infrastructure unaddressed in any meaningful way.



Our View: Rural doctor program could be model for reducing brain drain

Posted 6/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Healthcare in Mississippi is a lot like the weather: Everybody talks about it, but no one does anything about it.



Our View: Public deserves to know details on Lee development

Posted 6/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For some time now, the sale of the Lee Middle School property has been shrouded in secrecy.



Our View: Academic summer camps can reinforce, enhance learning

Posted 6/15/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

We are all familiar with the phrase "use it or lose it."



Our View: Splash pads offer summer fun, but we still mourn the lack of public pools

Posted 6/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

By this time next year, Caledonia might have its own splash pad, continuing a trend that has seen cities and towns move away from operating public pools to this less costly but wildly popular alternative.



Our View: Murals enhance our communities

Posted 6/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Trends, being what they are, can be met with approval or dismay. It's often a matter of personal preference.



Our View: Apathy no excuse for appallingly low voter turnout

Posted 6/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For some time now, our national politics has been a blood sport where anything goes - from gerry-mandering of congressional districts to voter suppression tactics to what appears to soliciting the aid of a foreign country to influence an American election.



Our View: All three superintendent applicants are strong candidates

Posted 6/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

By the time you read this, the Columbus Municipal School District will likely have a new superintendent of schools.



Our View: Childhood hunger: a call to action

Posted 5/31/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week meant the end of the school year for K-12 kids in Mississippi, Fortunately, it won't be the end of having regular meals.



Our View: Crime concerns should be backed by numbers

Posted 5/30/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The scope of a community's "crime problem" is often a reflection of the community's perception of it.



Our View: What is wrong with studying mass shootings?

Posted 5/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine there was a disease that cost the lives of 35,000 Americans each year.



Our View: It's time for the public to embrace the possibilities for CMSD

Posted 5/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon have a new superintendent of schools, its fourth since 2012.



Our View: Driving the mayor is not an appropriate use of overtime

Posted 5/15/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past 80 years, overtime pay has been a standard practice in the workplace.



Our View: The hope of Sandfield

Posted 5/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When you speak to people who grew up in what is known as the Sandfield Community 40, 50 years ago, the portrait they paint of the historic black community on the city's south side stands in stark contrast to what it has become in recent years.



Our View: Jobs for felons can help build community strength

Posted 5/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Lowndes Community Foundation and the CREATE Foundation released a report on the information it gathered from a community meeting focused on the future of the county in March.



Our View: A chance to remember one of Columbus' most significant events

Posted 5/8/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over its almost 200-year history, the city of Columbus has had many days to celebrate.



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