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Our View: Political maneuverings damage value of MDE's ratings

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Mississippi Department of Education released its "report cards" for the state's schools and school districts for the 2015-16 school year.



Our View: Social media requires precautions in absence of solutions

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

The arrest of a Columbus man earlier this month on charges of using a computer to lure a child for sexual purposes should serve as a reminder that child predators are in every community.



Our View: Brooks charge of racism damages our community

Posted 10/18/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Leroy Brooks ought to be ashamed.



Our View: A chance to move beyond words to action on special ed

Posted 10/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There are people in every community whose main involvement in addressing a problem is confined to complaining about it.



Our View: Colleges embrace wrong solution to a legitimate issue

Posted 10/11/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, on campuses across the country, there are efforts to create "safe zones," provide "trigger warnings" and combat "micro-aggression."



Our View: Not all TIFs are wise investments

Posted 10/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It's never easy to risk turning away business, especially in Mississippi which is currently in the throes of a severe economic crisis.



Our View: Career expos are vital part of today's educational process

Posted 10/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier generations of Americans didn't have to give much thought to careers until they approached high school graduation, perhaps even later than that, "undeclared" being a common college major.



Our View: Volunteers can fill void for isolated students

Posted 10/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Your vote is your voice

Posted 9/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine for a moment, if you were among a group of people participating in a peaceful march or protest and you were approached by a cop and told that you, alone, were not permitted to take part.



Our View: The high cost of chutzpah

Posted 9/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For more than two years now, Columbus officials have been fighting to overturn two rulings involving cases where the mayor and city council were found to have violated the state's open meeting laws by conducting the public's business privately.



Our View: 'Tell me a story'

Posted 9/23/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Arts Council opened its fifth edition of Possum Town Tales on Thursday evening and will continue through Sunday.



Our View: City officials exercise poor judgment in travel decision

Posted 9/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Police Chief Oscar Lewis and Assistant Police Chief Fred Shelton traveled to Detroit to attend the funeral of the mother of a CPD police lieutenant, spending $4,130.79 of taxpayer money.



Our View: The W's return to athletics

Posted 9/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By this time next year, Mississippi University of Women will literally be back in the game.



Our View: The openness of government is at question

Posted 9/20/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past two years the media and members of the public have multiple times filed open meetings complaints against public bodies in this state.



Our View: A standard that should apply to every board appointment

Posted 9/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

With the Columbus Redevelopment Authority, the city may be onto something.



Our View: Accentuating the positive

Posted 9/14/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said it himself: His job is to be the No. 1 salesperson of the city.



Our View: All county residents deserve constructive discussions on parks

Posted 9/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send a notice of intent to withdraw from its inter-local agreement with the city to operate our parks.



Our View: MDOC's new visitation policy should be scrapped

Posted 9/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Corrections acknowledged a change in its prisoner visitation policy.



Our View: Leaders and followers

Posted 8/31/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In non-maritime references, the word "flagship" is used to describe one of a group of things which is recognized for its leadership qualities.



Our View: Nuns' murders should begin dialogue on death penalty

Posted 8/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

If ever there was a textbook case for the death penalty, this should have been it.



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