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Our View: EMCC begins critical task of finding Communiversity leader

Posted 5/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, East Mississippi Community College began accepting applications for the position of Executive Director for Communiversity, its $42-million advanced manufacturing skills training center.



Our View: Let's show Mississippi cares

Posted 5/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi cares. In some instances, that's a topic for debate.



Our View: A salute to law enforcement

Posted 5/16/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year in May, communities throughout the country take time to reflect on the important work our nation's law enforcement officers perform.



Our View: Survey of historic structures is a good move for Starkville

Posted 5/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Metal roof donations set great example for our business community

Posted 5/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity is currently working on its 49th house since it arrived in Columbus 29 years ago, but there is one feature to the current build that stands unique among all those projects.



Our View: Wage growth: One aspect of the state economy candidates aren't talking about

Posted 5/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: High expectations for Columbus' new CFO

Posted 5/3/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Deliah Vaughn started her job as the City of Columbus Chief Financial Officer this week.



Our View: Market Street Festival continues to bring us together

Posted 5/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For 24 years now, nothing has brought our community closer together than the annual Market Street Festival. We mean this quite literally.



Our View: Kudos to chancery court for digitizing their records

Posted 4/26/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

It is one of the mysteries of modern life that if you ask the average person who public records belong to, they would most likely answer "the government."



Our View: When sources cooperate, a more complete story emerges

Posted 4/25/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

P.T. Barnum famously said there's no such thing as bad publicity, but these days you aren't likely to find many people who ascribe to that theory.



Our View: Fred's closing may present an opportunity

Posted 4/18/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The news that Fred's will close two stores in Columbus by the end of May has alarmed long-time patrons of the stores and moved Mayor Robert Smith to pen a letter to the chain's corporate office in Memphis pleading for the company to change its mind.



Our View: The perfect candidate addresses substantive issues

Posted 4/16/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

With roughly four months before Mississippians go to the polls to elect all state-wide offices, the latest Millsaps College/Chism Strategies State of the State Survey provides an interesting glimpse into what likely voters see as important issues in the campaign.



Our View: Lee project will boost community and keep memories fresh

Posted 4/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

What qualifies as historic is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. That's the case with the old Lee High School property on the corner of 18th Avenue and Military Road.



Our View: A lot of talk about the state flag

Posted 4/11/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

What does Mississippi's state flag and the weather have in common?



Our View: Despite deep GOP roots, Taggart basing attorney general campaign on nonpartisan issue

Posted 4/5/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For someone who has been in the inner circle of Mississippi Republican Party leadership for going on 40 years, Andy Taggart's candidacy for attorney general appears motivated far more by personal loss than political ideology.



The difference between a good basketball team and a great one

Posted 4/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For the Mississippi State women's basketball team, there was no third straight trip to the Final Four and, therefore, no "third time's the charm" appearance in the national championship game.



Our View: Starkville's citizens need to know how 'public' new sportsplex will be

Posted 3/29/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Now that the Legislature has approved a 1-percent increase in the city of Starkville's restaurant tax, city officials are meeting to plan exactly how they will proceed pending a vote by Starkville citizens.



Our View: Saying goodbye to online comments

Posted 3/28/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For years, the online version of The Dispatch has included a feature that allowed readers to comment on the stories we publish.



Our View: City should extend CFO applicant search

Posted 3/27/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine opening an ice cream shop that sells only one flavor.



Our View: State Republican legislators just voted to allow dark money campaign contributions

Posted 3/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There are two kinds of elected officials: Those who believe in open government and transparency. And those who do not.



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