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Our View: The way we were -- and can yet be

Posted 1/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, two events -- seemingly unrelated opened a window on what we used to -- and how we might recapture it as well.



Our View: Roll on, Dak

Posted 12/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As the year comes to a close, most us will likely view 2016 with ambivalence -- a mixture of good and bad, as is common with most years. We got enough of each to look forward to 2017 with guarded optimism.



Our View: Everyone has a role in upcoming municipal elections

Posted 12/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.



Our View: Christmas has arrived in the (Saint) Nick of time

Posted 12/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas has arrived. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.



Our View: New blood, new ideas strengthen communities

Posted 12/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, Columbus city council meetings are attended by familiar faces, a small group of citizens who regularly monitor the meetings and, on occasion, speak during the citizens' input portion.



Our View: Oktibbeha supervisors damage their own cause

Posted 12/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On some issues, there is no avoiding controversy and the inevitable wounds that go with them.



Our View: Benefits packages are a powerful tool

Posted 12/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There was a time, not too long ago, when employee benefits were almost always taken for granted.



Our View: Hiring a superintendent: Good game plans require good execution

Posted 12/14/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District Board of Trustees and representatives of the consulting firm it hired in November hashed out a game plan for finding a new school superintendent.



Our View: Keeping the music alive

Posted 12/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been a tough year for music lovers. We have lost some many of the artists who provided the soundtrack to our lives.



Our View: Public hearings on controversial issues are essential

Posted 12/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It was standing room only at the Chancery Courthouse Tuesday in Starkville as residents turned out for a public hearing on the fate of Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center.



Our View: '60 Minutes' and the domino effect

Posted 12/6/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the days leading up to Sunday's "60 Minutes" broadcast, folks in the Golden Triangle were understandably apprehensive.



Our View: Police, residents have shared responsibility in fighting crime

Posted 12/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, Columbus city and police department officials held a press conference at the municipal complex to address the crime situation in the city, most notably a surge in homicides this year.



Our View: Shall we go a wassailing?

Posted 12/1/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

While Christmas itself is a fixed date on the calendar, there is no real consensus no when the "Christmas Season" begins.



Our View: Public servants in the eye of the storm

Posted 11/30/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The first weather sirens split the air in our area early in the afternoon Tuesday and continued intermittently into the evening as a series of storms, some of which spawned tornadoes, moved through the state, the Golden Triangle and into Alabama.



Our View: A better approach to economic development

Posted 11/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For too long, bringing economic development to our state has been a one-side negotiation.



Our View: Dak still winning for MSU fans

Posted 11/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It was during the Dallas Cowboys game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 13 as a television camera focused to a shot of Cowboys' rookie quarterback Dak Prescott sitting on a bench as the Dallas defense was on the field.



Our View: The fire of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

Posted 11/23/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Thanksgiving and, if we are entirely honest with ourselves, we will admit that aligning our attitude with the spirit of the holiday sometimes requires some real effort.



Our View: Downtown is a source of pride and optimism for Columbus

Posted 11/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The news that a pair of local developers have purchased two historic downtown buildings is a promising sign for Columbus and proof that the transformation of one of our city's greatest asset will continue to build on the progress we have seen in recent years.



Our View: Needed: more young talent in public service

Posted 11/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Parker Wiseman is an anomaly.



Our View: 'Special' relationships lead to a better society

Posted 11/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday's Unified Egg Bowl reminds us of how far we have come in our understanding of the disabled, particularly those who suffer from mental disabilities.



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