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Our View: Summer: the season of the hungry child

Posted 6/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is a happy season for most kids, who depending on their age, are busy with work or sports or any number of activities that serve a break from the routine of the school year. But for many children here in the Golden Triangle and throughout the nation, summer can mean something else: It can mean going hungry.



Our View: County, city must work together on study of CLRA's future

Posted 6/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate about whether it is time to take a look at how the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority serves the community could not have started much worse.



Our View: Summer should be a time of exploring nature

Posted 6/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There is more than one way to waste a summer. Previously, we urged older teens to make productive use of their break from school by getting a job. The life lessons learned from those experiences often provide practical underpinning to "book learning."



Our View: It's never too early to think about careers

Posted 6/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When should young people start thinking about careers? Mike Clayborne, president of the CREATE Foundation, says eighth grade.



Our View: Aldermen put petty politics over prudence

Posted 6/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was an embarrassing day for the Starkville Board of Aldermen and, by extension, the city itself.



Our View: Let's put teens to work this summer

Posted 6/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is unfortunate that for many teens, the only thing they'll be working on this summer is their tans or curveballs or video game skills. Statistically, about 40 percent of America's teens work during the summer break.



Our View: A victory for open government

Posted 5/31/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and the city council did, in fact, violate Mississippi's Open Meeting Act.



Our View: Hughes bears unmistakable mark of leadership

Posted 5/27/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

He is a first-term state representative whose only previous credentials were a couple of terms as a city aldermen. His ties to his own party go back less than a year.



Our View: Unemployment rates show the importance of small business

Posted 5/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each month, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security releases its Labor Market Information Report, more commonly known as unemployment rates.



Our View: Leike and DeBardeleben deserve our gratitude

Posted 5/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Like all cities, Columbus has had its share of mistakes, misadventures and missed opportunities during its long history. It has also had its share of successes, too.



Our View: When becoming a part of the story is an obligation

Posted 5/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As a rule, the media rarely seeks to become part of the stories they report. It is a long-established tenet of the profession that the media works best when it is an impartial observer.



Our View: Students' success paints a hopeful portrait of public education

Posted 5/20/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Much of the news we hear these days about public education in Mississippi has been discouraging.



Our View: Starkville makes a wise investment in the future

Posted 5/18/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Before Tuesday, getting the city of Starkville to join the industrial development game had been sort of like bathing a cat: You can do it, but you're going to get scratched up a bit.



Our View: A tale of two cities

Posted 5/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is only 150 miles from Phoenix to Flagstaff, yet the difference between the two Arizona cities is striking.



Our View: A testament to Title IX

Posted 5/11/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Mississippi State will host the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament, something almost unimaginable as recently as 20 years ago.



Our View: Student's death tragic, avoidable

Posted 5/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Saturday was supposed to be the most festive day of the year on the campus of Mississippi State University, with commencement exercises and sporting events bringing thousands to campus.



Our View: It's time for local gov't to get behind 'Field of Dreams' project

Posted 5/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is still a few months before Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council begin work on their Fiscal Year 2017 budgets, but it is not too soon to give serious thought to a project whose time has come.



Our View: A search for the truth

Posted 5/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Eddie Lee Howard, twice convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of an elderly Columbus woman, is back in court this week.



Our View: Trufant becomes face of MUW Athletics

Posted 5/4/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By the end of next year, Mississippi University for Women plans to be playing ball.



Our View: Saying goodbye to an old friend

Posted 5/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, when it was confirmed that Weyerhaeuser would be selling two of its local production facilities as part of a $2.2 billion deal with International Paper our thoughts immediately turned to the company's long association with the Golden Triangle, particularly Lowndes County.



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