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Our View: City must act now to put out its financial fire

Posted 3/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine if you awoke one night to discover your house was on fire. What would you do?



Our View: Priest list is a first step, but legal action is needed

Posted 3/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In the legal world, there is a distinction between a confession and an admission. But in common use, the distinction between the two is that an admission means owning what is already known.



Our View: In gubernatorial debates, two out of three is bad

Posted 3/19/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

"Two out of three ain't bad" may be pretty good song lyrics, but it's an awful way to kick off the 2019 gubernatorial campaign.



Our View: Why are our lawmakers supporting a tax for Starkville but not a very similar one for Columbus?

Posted 3/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Not all 1-percent restaurant taxes are the same, apparently, although we have yet to learn why.



Our View: Legislature's pay raise priorities seem off

Posted 3/13/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Patience is a difficult, but necessary virtue for storm victims

Posted 3/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Three weeks after an EF-3 tornado swept through Columbus, those most affected by the disaster are still being told them must be patient.



Our View: If only every community had an Idea Shop

Posted 3/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The benefits of living in a college town are hard to overestimate, especially in small towns like Starkville.



Our View: A call for volunteer firefighters

Posted 3/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The response from citizens after the Feb. 23 tornado has been a source of encouragement for the city of Columbus in the wake of the devastation. Almost as soon as the storm passed, neighbors joined first responders, utility crews and relief organizations to help their neighbors in need.



Our View: City was wise to plan for flooding at riverside facilities

Posted 2/27/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

While portions of the yet-to-be-completed amphitheater were already flooded Friday before Saturday's heaviest rainfall -- the standing room area close to the stage was already flooded -- we do not believe it's fair to call its location a mistake.



Our View: Be wary; con artists seize on tragedies

Posted 2/26/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a common saying, "You get what you pay for."



Our View: After disaster, a city of helpers

Posted 2/25/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Businessmen will always tell you that the greatest asset any company has is its employees. Likely, the greatest assets of its community is its citizens.



Our View: A shared responsibility

Posted 2/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The resignation of Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle Tuesday does not absolve city officials for their own share of the responsibility for the city's $881,000 budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2018, which ended Sept. 30.



Our View: In the interest of full disclosure...

Posted 2/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Newspaper employees are not a people apart. Like everyone else, we have families, friends, associations with groups and organizations and personal interests and hobbies.



Our View: Slime: one gooey way to spark a child's imagination

Posted 2/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Unless the success of future generations relies on having dexterous thumbs, it is probably more important than ever that today's connected kids learn to make their own fun.



Our View: Social media offers new ways to help neighbors, strangers

Posted 2/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Social media has its dangers and drawbacks. It is often a source of misinformation, deception and scams and can often appeal to the worst in our nature through cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and exploitation and crimes against children.



Our View: Some legal battles over government transparency should be publicly funded

Posted 2/13/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

From its inception, our nation was founded on a few basic, if revolutionary, principles including - as Lincoln put it - "government of the people, by the people and for the people."



Our View: Boys and Girls Club deserves more community support

Posted 2/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

If you are among those who believe the Boys & Girls Club is basically a day-care program, a visit to one of the Golden Triangle Boys & Girls Clubs will quickly alter that notion.



Our View: Too many bills die without local input

Posted 2/6/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Each January, we send people to Jackson to represent our voices on the big issues that face our state.



Our View: Drawing the line between pain management and addiction

Posted 2/5/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Until Monday' s meeting, it was obvious that the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors had never heard of Kratom, although those in the addiction recovery field have been dealing with the effects of the product for years.



Our View: The W celebrates - and we're all invited

Posted 1/31/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



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