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Our view: Reader comments expose a dark, troubling vein of racism

Posted 1/28/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In a few days, the United States will observe Black History Month, a time when the nation reflects on its past and notes the progress we have made in race relations.



Our View: Eliminating Arts Commission a bad idea

Posted 1/26/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

To call art a tourism-generator, which Mississippi Senate Bill 2611 would do, is correct.



Healthcare clinic a positive move

Posted 1/20/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, we inaugurated a new president, and, as it is with every new administration, there will be changes.



Our View: Council's decision to hire crime consultant a positive step

Posted 1/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

During Tuesday's meeting, the Columbus City council voted to hire a consultant to examine ways the Columbus Police Department can be more effective in fighting crime.



Our View: Two philosophies on partisanship

Posted 1/17/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Legislature reached a deadline Monday.



Our View: Police chief's fatalistic view on crime undermines public confidence

Posted 1/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Closing in on his first year as Columbus Police Chief, Oscar Lewis has often made reference to his Christian faith, beginning during his interview for the job last January.



Our View: The W's important role

Posted 1/11/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

To the casual observer, Mississippi University for Women might seem a redundancy, and a small one at that.



Our View: Mother Goose endowment reveals our city's true nature

Posted 1/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The official campaign for the Mother Goose endowment at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library ended Saturday, with "Goose's Grand Gala" at the Trotter Center.



Our View: The way we were -- and can yet be

Posted 1/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, two events -- seemingly unrelated opened a window on what we used to -- and how we might recapture it as well.



Our View: Roll on, Dak

Posted 12/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As the year comes to a close, most us will likely view 2016 with ambivalence -- a mixture of good and bad, as is common with most years. We got enough of each to look forward to 2017 with guarded optimism.



Our View: Everyone has a role in upcoming municipal elections

Posted 12/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.



Our View: Christmas has arrived in the (Saint) Nick of time

Posted 12/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas has arrived. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.



Our View: New blood, new ideas strengthen communities

Posted 12/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, Columbus city council meetings are attended by familiar faces, a small group of citizens who regularly monitor the meetings and, on occasion, speak during the citizens' input portion.



Our View: Oktibbeha supervisors damage their own cause

Posted 12/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On some issues, there is no avoiding controversy and the inevitable wounds that go with them.



Our View: Benefits packages are a powerful tool

Posted 12/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There was a time, not too long ago, when employee benefits were almost always taken for granted.



Our View: Hiring a superintendent: Good game plans require good execution

Posted 12/14/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District Board of Trustees and representatives of the consulting firm it hired in November hashed out a game plan for finding a new school superintendent.



Our View: Keeping the music alive

Posted 12/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been a tough year for music lovers. We have lost some many of the artists who provided the soundtrack to our lives.



Our View: Public hearings on controversial issues are essential

Posted 12/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It was standing room only at the Chancery Courthouse Tuesday in Starkville as residents turned out for a public hearing on the fate of Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center.



Our View: '60 Minutes' and the domino effect

Posted 12/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the days leading up to Sunday's "60 Minutes" broadcast, folks in the Golden Triangle were understandably apprehensive.



Our View: Police, residents have shared responsibility in fighting crime

Posted 12/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, Columbus city and police department officials held a press conference at the municipal complex to address the crime situation in the city, most notably a surge in homicides this year.



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