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Our View: Many felons deserve easier path to restoring voting rights

Posted 10/11/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight at 6 at the Level III nightclub on Main Street in Starkville, Mississippi District 38 congressional candidate Cheikh Taylor will host the third annual Expungement Forum.



Our View: Body camera video on police proves helpful

Posted 10/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been three years since the Columbus Police Department first began equipping its officers with body cameras.



Our View: Next week's housing initiative could lead to a stronger community

Posted 10/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Want to improve our community by reducing poverty, crime, failing schools, drug/alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and falling property rates?



Our View: Schools are teaching our children the wrong lesson about America

Posted 10/5/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, at a volleyball game in New Hope, a group of Starkville High School athletes took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.



Our View: Shelved courthouse expansion plan should be dusted off

Posted 10/4/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past few years, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has made good use of the dividends produced through the investments on its hospital trust fund.



Our View: Survey can help legislators escape echo chamber

Posted 9/29/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Often politicians live and move and form their opinions and strategies from like-minded constituents.



Our View: Voters have the right to know details of hospital bids

Posted 9/28/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors opened and reviewed bids by prospective buyers of its county-owned hospital. This comes six weeks ahead of the Nov. 7 election during which voters will decide if the supervisors have permission to sell the hospital.



Our View: A compliant but unenthusiastic response to special-ed needs

Posted 9/26/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Before Monday's special-call meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees meeting, board president Jason Spears said he hoped the meeting -- an open forum on the district's special education program -- would show the district's efforts go beyond "checking the boxes."



Our View: Mayhew: From bees and beer to a center for education

Posted 9/20/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

There's not much to Mayhew, at least not that first meets the eye.



Our View: Shopping for a college

Posted 9/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

High-achieving students may be different in myriad ways, but one thing they have in common is keen sense of curiosity.



Our View: Lewis' response to rogue officer inadequate

Posted 9/13/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, during the Columbus city council's regular meeting, a personnel matter will be discussed in executive session. Typically, the nature of these personnel matters is a mystery. But in this case, it's the worst-kept secret in town.



Our View: As Irma refugees among us wait in limbo, we have an opportunity to show our hospitality

Posted 9/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The devastation of the past two weeks, first in Texas and then in Florida, has touched our generous nature.



Supreme Court's decision is a win for all citizens

Posted 9/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Supreme Court's unanimous decision in favor of The Dispatch and against the city of Columbus Thursday goes far beyond circulation areas or city limits.



Our View: Due diligence needed on the issue of privatizing public works

Posted 9/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For the third time in 10 years -- and the second time in three years -- the city of Columbus is considering a move to privatize its public works department.



Our View: Now is the time to offer support to storm victims

Posted 8/31/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Hurricane Harvey and its related flooding is an unprecedented disaster that will require an unprecedented response.



Our View: There is no place for guns in our courthouses

Posted 8/30/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The Mississippi Supreme Court will soon hear a case that began in Lowndes County over whether judges can ban guns from courthouses.



Our View: Police chief's action plan is a public record

Posted 8/25/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Three weeks ago, the city of Columbus released the report conducted by police department consultant K.B. Turner.



Our View: Polishing the jewel

Posted 8/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The promise of cooler weather just over the horizon is certain to stir us from our heat-induced seclusion.



Our View: Burns Bottom Redevelopment a risk worth taking

Posted 8/23/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday marked a key moment in the efforts by the city of Columbus to redevelop blighted areas of the city, a move that every citizen should support, even though it will mean an increase in taxes.



Our View: The Class of 2018

Posted 8/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Welcome teachers, as we present to you the Class of 2018.



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