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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.



Our View: Hydroelectric studies at area dams generate interest

Posted 11/29/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Since its completion in 1984, efforts to maximize the benefits of the Tenn-Tom Waterway have focused heavily on increasing commercial traffic and, of course, recreational opportunities.



Our View: Chancery judges are quite possibly the most important positions decided yesterday

Posted 11/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, roughly 880,000 Mississippians went to the polls to determine who will represent the state in the U.S. Senate, a great turnout for a runoff election.



Our View: One more time

Posted 11/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, and for the fourth time this year, Mississippians are headed to the polls.



Our View: The holiday that is as diverse as we are

Posted 11/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Long before Abe Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863 and long before the Pilgrims' 1621 feast that inspired it, a guy in Rome best expressed the idea behind what we recognize as Thanksgiving: "A thankful heart is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the other virtues," Cicero wrote more than 2,000 years ago.



Our View: Rumors swirl around New Hope shooting death

Posted 11/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The death of 20-year-old Tyler Hall is a tragedy, and that is something everyone can agree on.



Our View: Academic improvement isn't 'one size fits all'

Posted 11/16/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In his novel Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy observed: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family in unhappy in its own way."



Our View: MSU's Veterans Day ceremony rightly recognizes Montgomery

Posted 11/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On Saturday, Mississippi State will honor veterans during its final home football game, a tribute that the university observes each November.



Our View: New taxes for local projects likely to get a lot easier next year

Posted 11/8/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In normal years, the idea of asking the Mississippi Legislature to increase a tax would be about as logical as asking Gov. Phil Bryant to speak at a Black Lives Matter rally.



Our View: Who won Tuesday's election? The voters

Posted 11/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Much of Wednesday's attention will be focused on the winner's of Tuesday's general election and the unfinished business that still awaits in those races requiring a runoff to determine the winner on Nov. 27.



Our View: CMSD's lack of communication on some stories is troubling

Posted 11/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When Cherie Labat took over as superintendent at Columbus Municipal School District, the people of Columbus viewed it as a fresh start and a new path for the school district after the troubled tenure of Philip Hickman, a four-year series of self-inflicted wounds, mistrust and evasions.



Our View: You can help improve voter turnout

Posted 11/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Since the country's founding, the United States has been governed by a representative form of government. Well, sort of.



Our View: Benefits of dual enrollment go beyond finances

Posted 10/31/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This semester, hundreds of high school juniors and seniors in Lowndes and Oktibbeha County are getting a head start on higher education through dual enrollment programs.



Our View: We hope the loss of VISTA in Lowndes County is temporary

Posted 10/30/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On Nov. 24, the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer program in Lowndes County will come to an end after eight years of providing workers to help local nonprofits expand their reach and service to our community.



Our View: Where is a former white high school more historically significant than a black one? In Columbus.

Posted 10/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In May, Mississippi Department of Archives and History designated the former Lee High School a Historic Landmark, the highest designation the department awards. The historical significance, according to the department, is the fact that the school was the white high school in Columbus during segregation.



Our View: Student veterans find a much-earned refuge at MSU center

Posted 10/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Our nation has a long tradition of honoring the men and women who serve in our armed forced. We understand the sacrifices made - and those that yet may be required - by hundreds of thousands of active-duty and retired military.



Our View: Cause for amphitheater optimism

Posted 10/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Terry Brown Amphitheater is $2.5 million and more than a year away from opening. Even so, there are several aspects of the project that should inspire confidence as officials hope to complete the facility after a year-long hiatus caused by a lack of funding.



Our View: With holidays come opportunities

Posted 10/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

You will forgive us if we look past Halloween for a moment to consider the two big holidays that are on the horizon -- Thanksgiving and Christmas.



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