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Our View: Starkville Board of Aldermen flunk Civics test

Posted 2/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Board of aldermen and city council meetings provide an opportunity to see the workings of our system of government at the most basic level.



Our View: A milestone moment in women's sports

Posted 2/16/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Until Thursday evening, there were many things you could call Mississippi State's women's basketball team -- and one thing you could not.



Our View: Your participation is needed for Columbus public schools

Posted 2/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

By July 1, when the new school year officially begins, the Columbus Municipal School District will have a new Superintendent of Schools.



Our View: School board vacancies are opportunity for community

Posted 2/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Of the dozens of board appointments city governments make on a regular basis, there are perhaps none as important as the men and women chosen to serve on the school board.



Our View: Grant Library can provide entertainment for non-scholars too

Posted 2/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

With last year's completion of a $10 million renovation at Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library which is now home to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, university officials take pride in noting that anyone who chooses to write a book on the Civil War General and 18th President of the United States will require an extensive visit to the university.



Our View: Readers' frustrations understandable

Posted 2/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Dispatch, as do most newspapers, values, encourages and is made better by reader input.



Our View: Ensuring we recognize the historical contributions of black Americans

Posted 2/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, which is also the day some misguided people begin to ask, "Why is there no White History Month?"



Our View: MSU women on a record-breaking romp

Posted 1/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

If you are writing down all the records the Mississippi State women's basketball team has broken over the past couple of seasons, you would be wise to record them in pencil. Every time you look up, it seems, the Bulldogs are rewriting school history.



Our View: City shows its best in search for missing man

Posted 1/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Chris Reed is home and safe after what must have been a terrifying ordeal for his family and friends.



Our View: Let's hear it for more extra-curricular learning opportunities

Posted 1/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the weekend, about a hundred middle school and high school kids participated in a robotics competition at New Hope High School.



Our View: The sorry state of our roads emblematic of a do-nothing Legislature

Posted 1/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In early 2019, the Mississippi Department of Transportation should be finished with a project that will make drivers exiting Highway 82 at Military Road in Columbus a little bit safer.



Our View: Public involvement essential to successful superintendent search

Posted 1/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees took a major step in determining who will lead the district as superintendent of schools.



Our View: Extra-curricular actives often key to academic success

Posted 1/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When our public schools struggle, when dollars are scarce or performance lags, a familiar cry soon emerges: It's time to get back to the basics.



Our View: In auto plant, Alabama gets more for less. We should ask why

Posted 1/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, Toyota and Mazda announced it would build at new assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama.



Our View: The state of the state

Posted 1/10/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

As is commonly done Gov. Phil Bryant used Tuesday's state of the state address to emphasize the positives while making only opaque references to the issues that continue to trouble or present and cloud our future.



Our View: Jim Borsig's legacy

Posted 1/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On April 8, 2015, just days before he was to officially leave his post as president at Mississippi University for Women to become the commissioner of the state college board, Jim Borsig had a change of heart.



Our View: Shelton's appointment heralds new day for CPD

Posted 1/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Count us among those who breathed a sigh of relief with the city council's choice of Fred Shelton as police chief Tuesday evening.



Our View: As good as it gets

Posted 12/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For some, Christmas is a deeply spiritual event. For others, less so.



Our View: Tourist tax: the city's last-ditch effort

Posted 12/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council approved a resolution and a proposed bill to send to the Legislature to create a new 2-percent food-and-beverage tax, which would apply only to restaurants, bars and taverns within the city limits.



Our View: Spruill proving to be effective, visionary leader for Starkville

Posted 12/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In the buffet line before Monday's Starkville Rotary Club meeting and, after the meeting, as members came forward to shake hands with the speaker and exchange a few encouraging words, there seemed to be a consensus: Lynn Spruill has done a good job as mayor in the six months since she was sworn into office.



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