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Our View: Readers' frustrations understandable

Posted 2/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Dispatch, as do most newspapers, values, encourages and is made better by reader input.



Our View: Ensuring we recognize the historical contributions of black Americans

Posted 2/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, which is also the day some misguided people begin to ask, "Why is there no White History Month?"



Our View: MSU women on a record-breaking romp

Posted 1/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

If you are writing down all the records the Mississippi State women's basketball team has broken over the past couple of seasons, you would be wise to record them in pencil. Every time you look up, it seems, the Bulldogs are rewriting school history.



Our View: City shows its best in search for missing man

Posted 1/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Chris Reed is home and safe after what must have been a terrifying ordeal for his family and friends.



Our View: Let's hear it for more extra-curricular learning opportunities

Posted 1/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the weekend, about a hundred middle school and high school kids participated in a robotics competition at New Hope High School.



Our View: The sorry state of our roads emblematic of a do-nothing Legislature

Posted 1/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In early 2019, the Mississippi Department of Transportation should be finished with a project that will make drivers exiting Highway 82 at Military Road in Columbus a little bit safer.



Our View: Public involvement essential to successful superintendent search

Posted 1/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees took a major step in determining who will lead the district as superintendent of schools.



Our View: Extra-curricular actives often key to academic success

Posted 1/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When our public schools struggle, when dollars are scarce or performance lags, a familiar cry soon emerges: It's time to get back to the basics.



Our View: In auto plant, Alabama gets more for less. We should ask why

Posted 1/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, Toyota and Mazda announced it would build at new assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama.



Our View: The state of the state

Posted 1/10/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

As is commonly done Gov. Phil Bryant used Tuesday's state of the state address to emphasize the positives while making only opaque references to the issues that continue to trouble or present and cloud our future.



Our View: Jim Borsig's legacy

Posted 1/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On April 8, 2015, just days before he was to officially leave his post as president at Mississippi University for Women to become the commissioner of the state college board, Jim Borsig had a change of heart.



Our View: Shelton's appointment heralds new day for CPD

Posted 1/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Count us among those who breathed a sigh of relief with the city council's choice of Fred Shelton as police chief Tuesday evening.



Our View: As good as it gets

Posted 12/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For some, Christmas is a deeply spiritual event. For others, less so.



Our View: Tourist tax: the city's last-ditch effort

Posted 12/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council approved a resolution and a proposed bill to send to the Legislature to create a new 2-percent food-and-beverage tax, which would apply only to restaurants, bars and taverns within the city limits.



Our View: Spruill proving to be effective, visionary leader for Starkville

Posted 12/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In the buffet line before Monday's Starkville Rotary Club meeting and, after the meeting, as members came forward to shake hands with the speaker and exchange a few encouraging words, there seemed to be a consensus: Lynn Spruill has done a good job as mayor in the six months since she was sworn into office.



Our View: Communiversity's success depends on an engaged partnership

Posted 12/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

A year after construction started on the $42.6 million Communiversity, the massive manufacturing technology education center is beginning to take shape and turn heads for those driving past the site along Highway 82.



Our View: Town hall meetings: Let's have more of them

Posted 12/13/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The best of American democracy does not always begin with visionary leaders on a national scale.



Our View: Citizens ill-served by city's timid response to CPD leadership

Posted 12/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith confirmed that police chief Oscar Lewis has given notice he will be retiring at the end of the year.



Our View: CMSD must get it right this time

Posted 12/9/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, the Columbus Municipal School board will listen to presentations from firms to conduct a search for the district's fourth superintendent since 2011.



Our View: Celebrating 200 years

Posted 12/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in the union. The year-long observance of the state's bi-centennial will culminate Saturday with the opening of not one, but two museums dedicated to the state's long, often troubled, history.



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