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Our View: It is wise to look beyond the numbers

Posted 9/10/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Cats are better than dogs -- and vice versa -- as statistics, studies, magazine rankings and polls clearly indicate.



Our View: Horse park another giant step closer to reality

Posted 9/9/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

For more than a year now, Lowndes County and the Mississippi State University Extension Service have been working on plans to build a multi-purpose outdoor facility that could be used for horse and livestock shows, 4H competitions and just about any other event suited to a large covered space.



Our View: Enjoy the offerings

Posted 9/4/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you walk or drive over to Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, you might notice an abundance of bouquets spread across the historic grounds.



Our View: Convenience store ordinance fails to get at the root of the problem

Posted 9/2/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

We cannot decide what we dislike more: The new ordinance or the way it was carried out.



Our View: Allgood should not be dictating actions of Justice Court

Posted 9/1/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

On Friday afternoon, The Dispatch received from Lowndes County Justice Court officials the affidavits from a criminal case against two local women charged with murder.



Our View: MSU 'active shooter' incident exposes flaws of social media in crisis

Posted 8/28/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Active shooter. There is no phrase in our modern lexicon likely to produce more terror.



Our View: Under Keenum, MSU enjoys a renaissance

Posted 8/27/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum spoke at Tuesday's Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday at the Lion Hills Center. His 30-minute message could be compressed to a single phrase: "It's all good."



Our View: Light a candle for Bunky Williams

Posted 8/26/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The fact that the death of Robert "Uncle Bunky" Williams was not unexpected does not diminish the sense of loss for the thousands who grew up watching his children's TV show and the young lives he would continue to touch long after it ended.



Our View: Coming this fall!

Posted 8/25/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

If you watch TV, you are bound to be aware of a marketing strategy TV producers use to attract viewers to new shows or, perhaps, new seasons of old shows. During commercial breaks, they broadcast clips from the shows.



Our View: Kick-off tonight

Posted 8/21/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The high school football season begins tonight.



Our View: Correnti's contributions should not be forgotten

Posted 8/20/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The sudden death of steel-mill developer John Correnti Tuesday in Chicago, was a stunning bit of news throughout the industry, including here in Lowndes County.



Our View: YMCA, Rotary join forces to ease the suffering of Parkinson's patients

Posted 8/19/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The Frank P. Phillips YMCA Parkinson's aquatics exercise program that started 10 years ago really began in Japan, when Wesley Platt visited an international Rotary Convention in Osaka.



Our View: Miss. should not fight challenge to its ban on same-sex adoptions

Posted 8/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Wednesday, the LGBT advocacy group Campaign for Southern Equality filed suit against the state of Mississippi challenging the state law that prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children.



Our View: County's interest in Lee Middle School presents conundrum

Posted 8/13/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Four more than four years now, the Columbus Municipal School District has been trying to sell the 96,350-square-foot Lee Middle School property.



Our View: Muslim population should not be subject of unfair speculation

Posted 8/12/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

In the immediate aftermath of Saturday's arrest of two former Mississippi State students who the FBI says were trying to leave the U.S. to join The Islamic State in Syria, there have been some who have turned a suspicious eye to the parents of the two young suspects as well as the Islamic Center of Mississippi, located just off the MSU campus, and the large Muslim student population at the university.



Our View: Another school year begins

Posted 8/5/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

By the calendar, there are still seven weeks of summer remaining, but for roughly 10,000 kids in Columbus and Lowndes County, the season ended Tuesday.



Our View: In the heat of summer our thoughts turn to ... water

Posted 7/31/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday afternoon, a Kroger employee passed out bottles of water to grateful shoppers.



Our View: Starkville aldermen pay raise is hard to justify

Posted 7/30/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Pretty much since it came into office in 2014, the current Starkville Board of Aldermen have been concerned about the financial welfare of those who work for the city.



Our View: Campaign finance needs more scrutiny

Posted 7/29/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

State auditor Stacey Pickering has spent the last week dismissing allegations he used money donated to his campaign for personal use as little more than smear tactics by a desperate opponent, aided by a former Pickering campaign worker with inside knowledge of his campaign.



Our View: Common thread exists among law enforcement, public perception and the media

Posted 7/28/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a pretty tough time to be a good cop.



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