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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.



Our View: Relay for Life

Posted 4/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the American Cancer Society conducts its largest fund-raising event -- Relay for Life and more than 5,000 events are held in the U.S. and 19 other countries with more than 4 million people participating.



Our View: The scene is set for a hike

Posted 4/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: CAFB: an essential part of our community

Posted 4/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's something we do not say often enough: The Golden Triangle needs Columbus Air Force Base.



Our View: Record sales tax numbers offer cause for optimism

Posted 4/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When measuring the economic health of any city, several factors are considered -- including housing, unemployment, tax revenue.



Our View: School board choice is of critical importance

Posted 4/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Perhaps as early as tonight, the Columbus City Council will select a new member of the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.



Our View: Teachers: the ultimate multi-taskers

Posted 4/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Wednesday, the Starkville School District invited a group of community leaders to become "Educators for the Day" on its campuses.



Our View: Philip Hickman's troubled tenure

Posted 4/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the spring of 2014, when the Columbus Municipal School District began its search for its fourth superintendent in as many years, we urged the school board to bring in a leader whose credibility, integrity, transparency and sound judgment would mark a turning point for a troubled school system.



Our View: Keeping city clean is everyone's job

Posted 4/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Saturday, newly-elected Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones will lead a clean-up day in his ward. Staging areas are planned at Lee Park and Sims Scott Park and residents are urged to participate in cleaning up trash throughout the ward. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.



Our View: Mission to Mars?

Posted 4/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The Americans who go to Mars and beyond will someday be called astronauts.



Our View: Bryant backs another Lost Cause

Posted 4/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, which is widely-regarded as state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people.



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