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Our View: Public records should be accessible to all

Posted 7/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, The Dispatch filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission against the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Our View: MSU coach's payday is earned but players deserve compensation too

Posted 7/10/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, Vic Schaefer became a multi-millionaire.



Our View: Columbus' crime perception problem

Posted 7/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Let's call it the Yogi Berra effect.



Our View: Starkville wisely approaches infrastructure improvements

Posted 7/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, Starkville's board of aldermen approved by a 6-1 vote a proposal to raise the city's water/sewer rates and several things did not happen in the aftermath.



Our View: Low turnout is proof of Mississippi's failure to update election laws

Posted 7/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On June 5, just 15 percent of eligible voters went to the polls for the Republican and Democratic party primaries, an embarrassingly low turnout.



Our View: Independence: An unfinished work

Posted 7/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Much to John Adams' surprise, Americans will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, which is July 4.



Our View: After building stability, Borsig will be missed at The W

Posted 6/29/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Friday was Jim Borsig's last day as president as Mississippi University for Women and to say he will be missed hardly seems worth mentioning.



Our View: SDI expansion marks another bright day for area

Posted 6/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2014, when Severstal was sold to Indiana-based Steel Dynamics, there was a bit of uneasiness accompanying the change in ownership.



Our View: Online sales tax ruling a win for the state, local business

Posted 6/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that struck down a restriction on internet sales tax could provide a desperately needed financial shot in the arm for the state, whose orgy of tax cuts in recent years has left state agencies reeling and road/bridge infrastructure unaddressed in any meaningful way.



Our View: Rural doctor program could be model for reducing brain drain

Posted 6/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Healthcare in Mississippi is a lot like the weather: Everybody talks about it, but no one does anything about it.



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.



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