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Our View: Are we getting too alarmist with school weather days?

Posted 1/30/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Electric co-ops are key to bridging digital divide

Posted 1/29/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign the Broadband Enabling Act into law by the end of the month. The law, which removes restrictions prohibiting electric power co-operatives in the state from providing internet service to its customers, has the potential to close what is called "the digital divide" like no other measure in our state's history.



Our View: Coding academy is a great start to combating brain drain

Posted 1/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

"How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Parre?" Those lyrics to a song written after the end of World War I, still resonate today in Mississippi, where Millennials are leaving for better opportunities in other places at a higher rate than any other state in the country.



Our View: Clinging to irrational traditions

Posted 1/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In the Mississippi Legislature, some bills are considered dead on arrival. Each year, hundreds of bills are filed that have no chance of passage. They are often presented by legislators who are trying to make a point rather than enact new law.



Our View: Roses and thorns

Posted 1/19/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: In the wake of a tragedy, Artesia's strength is shown

Posted 1/18/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The triple murder that shook the small town of Artesia will leave an indelible mark on the community for years to come.



Our View: Airport tax bill deserves full support

Posted 1/17/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2004, the Mississippi Legislature made a change in a law applying to the state's airports in a well-intentioned effort to help our state's regional airports improve service and attract customers.



Our View: Online commenters signal the End Times?

Posted 1/16/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Each week, between 40,000 and 50,000 folks turn to The Dispatch's website to read the news. One feature offered online that is not available in the print edition is the ability to leave anonymous comments below each story.



Our View: Relying on long-established standardized tests could free teachers to do what they're best at: teaching

Posted 1/11/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

As has been noted, this year's session of the Legislature isn't likely to take up many controversial topics. For legislators, it's a matter of self-preservation during an election year.



Our View: If only we all cared like Noxubee Refuge visitors

Posted 1/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

As the federal government's partial shutdown continues into its third week, the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been affected.



Our View: GTRA continues to be asset for industry, community

Posted 1/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Flight delays aren't frequent at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, where the on-time rate of 87 percent exceeds the industry average of 82 percent.



Our View: Big picture should help ease the pain of MSU bowl loss

Posted 1/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Someday -- not today probably -- the sting of frustration that accompanied Mississippi State's 27-22 loss to Iowa in Tuesday's Outback Bowl will subside and Bulldog fans will be able to consider things in a broader perspective.



Our View: Mississippi needs MPB

Posted 12/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

At the end of last year's session, the Mississippi Legislature approved a $6.1 million budget for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, a state agency that operates a statewide network of television and radio stations.



Our View: City needed deeper examination of spending before blanket freezes

Posted 12/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus residents, like people all across the country, have been awaiting word on a possible government shutdown.



Our View: From a modest start, Happy Irby fund is an example of how we can all help

Posted 12/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we take note of the many opportunities we have to help the less fortunate, often through large, well-organized charities.



Our View: Labat and Shelton show admirable leadership, cooperation

Posted 12/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Since her arrival as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District this summer, Cherie Labat has taken pains to carefully craft and nurture the image the city's schools present to the community.



Our View: 4-County honors its mission with 'keep the change' grants

Posted 12/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

"Keep the change" is an old expression, usually a small, seemingly insignificant gesture motivated as much by convenience (who wants to fool with a few coins?) as charity.



Our View: A good start for The Retail Coach

Posted 12/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It's still too early to tell just how effective The Retail Coach will be in reinvigorating Columbus' retail sector.



Our View: In Mississippi, dogs and cats are a shameful export

Posted 12/4/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Some exports are better than others. In Mississippi, poultry, forest and agricultural products such as corn, cotton and soybeans are exports that share the state's economy. Other exports aren't exactly something to crow about.



Our View: New life for a struggling airport

Posted 11/30/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Pending approval by the Columbus City Council and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, the Columbus-Lowndes Airport will be "under new management," as the saying goes.



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