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Our View: Voters deserve to know candidates' position on flag issue

Posted 7/16/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, Rep. Jeff Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club. Smith, who has been in the Legislature since 1991, prefaced his remarks by saying his talk would be short in order to allow for questions from the audience.

 

 

Our View: Law, not personal beliefs, should guide judges' actions

Posted 7/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State law gives judges and county supervisors the right to perform civil marriage ceremonies; however, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, many of those local officials have decided to no longer perform ceremonies for any couple.

 

 

Our View: The wars of summer

Posted 7/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's summer in Mississippi and, of course, this means war.

 

 

Our View: Of beeswax and plastic birds

Posted 7/8/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Two famous men died recently: Don Featherstone and Burt Shavitz.

 

 

Our View: Our patriotic obligation

Posted 7/3/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

There are three major holidays that can be viewed as overtly patriotic celebrations, each set aside to honor a specific group.

 

 

Our View: State flag is bad for Mississippi's brand

Posted 7/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past two weeks, the debate over whether Mississippi should remove the Confederate flag from the state flag has focused primarily on two opposing views of what the Confederate flag represents -- heritage or hate.

 

 

Our View: State flag is bad for Mississippi's brand

Posted 7/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past two weeks, the debate over whether Mississippi should remove the Confederate flag from the state flag has focused primarily on two opposing views of what the Confederate flag represents -- heritage or hate.

 

 

Our View: Newspaper carriers provide link to a bygone era

Posted 6/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the Norman Rockwell version of America we carry around in our heads, the paperboy lives forever.

 

 

Our View: 'I want people to feel excited about being a volunteer ... '

Posted 6/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By her own admission, Renee Sanders might have seemed like an odd choice to replace Leslie Peel at the United Way of Lowndes County's Volunteer Center Director.

 

 

Our View: Rarely glamorous, coverage of local government is crucial

Posted 6/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Mississippi Press Association conducts its Better Newspaper Contest to recognize outstanding work by state newspaper staffs.

 

Our View: Our flag should change

Posted 6/23/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi should change its flag. For more than a decade now our state has been the only former member of the Confederate States of America to incorporate that short-lived nation's battle flag into its state flag.

 

Our View: Camp Rising Sun is medicine for the spirit

Posted 6/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

When media visit Camp Rising Sun, they are allowed to interview campers. There is just one rule: Don't mention the "C" word.

 

 

Our View: West Point's inclusive pre-K class is worthy of support

Posted 6/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the more positive influences of social media and the Internet -- aside from the ability to more easily share cat videos -- is crowdfunding, which allows people from all over the world to contribute money to what they deem to be a worthy cause.

 

 

Our View: A salute to 'Slash'

Posted 6/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, Linda Winston has an award that recognizes her as Teacher of the Year for the MAACE (Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators).

 

 

Our View: Food Stamp program more than meets the eye

Posted 6/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever since FDR and the New Deal, there has been a robust debate over what to do about the nation's poor.

 

 

Our View: Four years of fighting has produced no winners

Posted 6/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's regular meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees deteriorated into a three-hour spectacle of petty bickering, icy exchanges and dogged devotion to personal agendas.

 

 

Our View: Poverty's difficult questions

Posted 6/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Lewis Whitfield of the CREATE Foundation spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the challenges facing our region.

 

 

Our View: Parent rage has no place in youth sports

Posted 6/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The game had ended and the players were leaving the field, all except for one 8-year-old.

 

 

Our View: Woodard gives Columbus someone to cheer for

Posted 6/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

An estimated half-million boys play high school basketball, but few play it as well as Robert Woodard II.

 

 

Our View: The more we (don't) know ...

Posted 6/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you have ever attended a workshop or seminar that focuses on communication, you are familiar with this exercise: The trainer whispers a bit of information -- usually a sentence, maybe two -- into the ear of the first person, who turns and relays that information to the next person.

 

 

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