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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.



Our View: Come out for a weekend of Market Street

Posted 5/4/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The first Saturday in May is always the busiest day of the year in downtown Columbus. That will be no exception this year, as the 23rd annual Market Street Festival brings hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors to our downtown.



Our View: Celebrating scholars

Posted 5/2/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: County decisions show hope for city-county relations

Posted 5/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, there were two items on the agenda that seemed sure to widen the gulf that has seemed to separate Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.



Our View: Programs show hope for inspiration

Posted 4/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In recent years, it has been argued that too much emphasis has been placed on standardized tests and college-track education, to the detriment of arts and vocational programs.



Our View: No relief in sight for road/bridge crisis

Posted 4/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past three years, the Mississippi Legislature has been warned about the deteriorating conditions of our state's roads and bridges. For the past three years, nothing has been done.



Our View: Restaurant tax compromise may save CVB funding but exposes serious flaw in Smith's reasoning

Posted 4/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors board meeting, Harry Sanders posed a question to Rep. Jeff Smith.



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