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Our View: Starkville should approve garbage-rate increase

Posted earlier today in Dispatch Editorials

Since the current Starkville Board of Aldermen first convened in July 2013, one of its primary themes has been making wise fiscal choices and while this board has been generally faithful to that mission, there have been instances where that commitment has resulted in little more than obstinance.

 

 

Our View: IHL Board would be wise to reverse Jones decision

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

The Board of Trustees of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning is no stranger to controversy over its long history of governing the state's eight public universities.

 

 

Our View: Why poetry matters

Posted 3/25/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In April, Joy Carino, a junior at Mississippi School for Math and Science from Starkville, will travel to Washington, D.C., to represent Mississippi in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.

 

 

Our View: A meaningful commitment to crime prevention

Posted 3/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the wake of Friday afternoon's shooting that left four injured near Sim Scott Park, Columbus officials say they are putting in place a plan to aggressively combat crime in several Columbus neighborhoods where criminal conduct has spiked in recent months.

 

 

Our View: Seed exchange offers opportunity to enter backyard gardening

Posted 3/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Anyone over the age of 50 likely views the past very much like a Norman Rockwell painting. Somehow, life was simpler, better then and we sometimes yearn for a past that, quite frankly, never really was.

 

 

Our View: This stinks (There's no other word for it.)

Posted 3/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Something about Tuesday evening's Democratic Party Executive Committee hearing over Marty Turner's residency stinks, frankly.

 

 

Our View: CMSD to be commended for encouraging public input

Posted 3/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District is looking for new principals to take over Franklin Academy, Columbus Middle School and at Columbus High School beginning next year.

 

 

Our View: Groups' efforts give validity to 'Friendly City' moniker

Posted 3/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's Lifestyles story on the 25th anniversary of Helping Hands reminds us yet again of the kindness and generosity that gives substance to Columbus' motto, "The Friendly City."

 

 

Our View: A rocky first date

Posted 3/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

Restaurants build community

Posted 3/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville Restaurant Week begins today, with 31 participants. This year marks the third year of the event, which has been expanded to 10 days, covering two weekends.

 

 

Our View: When athletes get in trouble

Posted 3/11/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

After initial reports that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had been injured in a confrontation while attending a concert in Panama City Beach, Florida on Monday, a lot of people waited for the other shoe to drop.

 

 

Our View: Does Selma still matter? Non-voters say no

Posted 3/6/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery march, and thousands of people are expected to descend on the small town located on the banks of the Alabama River to mark one of the most powerful moments of the Civil Rights movement.

 

 

Our View: Time to set the Legislature straight on open meetings

Posted 3/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Here is the logic of the Mississippi legislature: Tuesday, the House Public Health Committee admitted that county-owned hospitals should be held to the same open meeting laws that govern other taxpayer-funded entities. "This is wrong!" the committee said.

 

 

Our View: School board appointments: Status quo or no?

Posted 3/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Columbus City Council is expected to appoint two members to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

 

 

Our View: Utility workers deserve a thank you

Posted 2/27/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Beginning Tuesday afternoon, when area schools closed early in anticipation of the arrival the Wednesday afternoon storm that ultimately dropped four-to-eight inches of snow in the Golden Triangle, caution was the order of the day.

 

 

Our View: Pre-K programs make a difference

Posted 2/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

A year after the legislature passed Gov. Bryant's plan to require all Mississippi third-graders to be held back if they can't read at grade level, the numbers are depressing.

 

 

Our View: Their own worst enemies

Posted 2/24/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The old saying about ineptitude goes, "They could mess up a two-car funeral."

 

 

Our View: Perkins' charge of racism is unsubstantiated, divisive

Posted 2/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Roy A. Perkins is the most experienced member of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, which makes his recent conduct all the more inexcusable.

 

 

Our View: Legislative session show marks of election-year politics

Posted 2/18/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

One sure indicator of an election year is to look at the bills that are being considered during the legislative session.

 

 

Our View: Lowndes School board on message for second bond issue vote

Posted 2/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County School Board would like you to know that the main reason last summer's school bond issue failed at the polls was because of some truly awful messaging.

 

 

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