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Our View: When elected officials face a crisis of conscience

Posted 3/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When a person is elected to office in our nation, the first thing that person does -- before considering any business or casting any vote -- is to take an oath of office, swearing to uphold the Constitution and the law of the land.



Our View: A community conversation; now what?

Posted 3/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Lowndes County Community Foundation held its first public forum at the Trotter Center Monday where community leaders and citizens discussed a range of issues facing the county in a meeting that lasted about two and a half hours.



Our View: Starkville, MSU bring the First Amendment into focus

Posted 3/2/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In Starkville, the First Amendment, particularly as it relates to free speech, has moved from theoretical discussion to practical reality over the past couple of weeks.



Our View: On our handling of recent social media threats

Posted 2/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For parents, there are few things that evoke more fear than the thought of their children being a victim of a school shooting.



Our View: More names needed for second school district seat

Posted 2/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

By the time the 2018-2019 school year begins, the Columbus Municipal School District will fill dozens of positions.



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.



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