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Our View: Wagering on agriculture

Posted 4/4/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It's gambling season in Mississippi, the time of year piles of money are buried in the soil, and we wait to see what happens in six months.



Our View: On any given day ...

Posted 3/31/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a time-honored maxim in sports that begins, "On any given day."



Our View: Weekend events celebrate arrival of spring

Posted 3/30/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

By the calendar, spring arrived 10 days ago.



Our View: 'Tales from the Crypt' far more than entertainment

Posted 3/29/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, a group of high school juniors from Mississippi School for Math and Science will have their dress rehearsal for their Tales from the Crypt tour at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.



Our View: Bill Minor: A light in dark places

Posted 3/28/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It is has been said the essential role of a journalist is to shine light into dark places.



Our View: A call for help is not an admission of failure

Posted 3/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In January, when asked about the increase in violent crime in the city, Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis suggested that end times prophecy was being fulfilled.



Our View: Where the cars are

Posted 3/23/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There are any number of indicators that spring has arrived.



Our View: Fighting the good fight

Posted 3/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Mike Hurst visited Columbus Tuesday in his new role as the head of the Mississippi Justice Institute.



Our View: Downtown shooting demands calm, cooperative solutions

Posted 3/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's early morning shooting incident near the Princess Theater has put local residents and business owners on edge.



Our View: Media has role to play in law enforcement

Posted 3/17/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past couple of years, as tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve have grown, there have been concerted efforts by law enforcement agencies throughout the country to strengthen those relationships.



Our View: Harnessing technology for humanitarian purposes

Posted 3/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes, finding the answer is not the solution. In fact, the answer often leads to more questions.



Our View: Support our cops? Here's your chance to prove it

Posted 3/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There are few occupations that invite public scrutiny more than law enforcement. People generally don't form firm opinions on factory workers, accountants or waitresses.



Our View: Friends, Romans, classmates ...

Posted 3/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Public speaking is routinely listed among the top three fears for humans. It's right up there with death, and typically ranks higher than snakes and grizzly bears.



Our View: May the show go on

Posted 3/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville Community Theatre took home a bouquet of top honors last weekend at the 68th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Kentucky -- among them, Best Production, Best Actor and a handful of others.



Our View: Our failing Legislature

Posted 3/3/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Mississippi Legislature convened in January, the general consensus held there were two issues which must be addressed above all others: the state budget crisis and funding for our deteriorating roads/bridges.



Our View: Vigilance best defense against child molesters

Posted 3/2/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In the United States, the majority of people in prison will someday return to society. For many, a "second chance" is good not only for the prison, but also for the larger community.



Our View: The Mag turns 20

Posted 3/1/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, aka The Mag, begins at Hollywood Cinemas in Starkville. Always a much-anticipated event, this year's festival celebrates a significant milestone -- its 20th anniversary.



Our View: Sometimes raising taxes is the right thing to do

Posted 2/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

At some point, our elected officials in Jackson must accept reality and make some tough, and likely, unpopular decisions about our state budget.



Our View: Columbus Fire & Rescue sets standard for city departments

Posted 2/23/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

If, as the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, it seems fair to say that, of all the city of Columbus departments, Columbus Fire & Rescue most closely resembles a well-oiled machine.



Our View: A bad choice no one can afford

Posted 2/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

During the course of our lifetimes, all of us will make decisions and choices that will greatly impact our financial futures -- from decisions about higher education, training, changing jobs, investments and savings to the countless number of things we buy or don't buy.



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