Articles by Dispatch Editorial Board
Our nation’s form of government is called a Constitutional Federal Republic which means we are governed by a supreme law of the land (Constitution) that all 50 states adhere to (federal). Lincoln defined the “Republic” in simple terms – government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The Dispatch generally does not endorse candidates in local races. It hasn’t happened since 2009, when we endorsed Robert Smith, then seeking his first full term as mayor.
A rose to our public libraries for providing summer activities for school children during their break from traditional learning. The Starkville Public Library is hosting
This week, we have devoted our editorials to issues facing the city of Columbus as Tuesday’s municipal election approaches. We have discussed the challenges our city faces with crime, infrastructure and the city budget. Taken together, these editorials may paint a grim picture of our city. That’s often the case when serious challenges are confronted.
One of the most important duties performed by our mayor and city council is to plan and manage the taxpayer money set aside to provide city services.
Some campaign issues are elusive to quantify and difficult to grasp.
There are few issues that animate public opinion during an election cycle more than crime, so the recent uptick in violent crime in Columbus is an issue that cannot be ignored.
A rose on this Memorial Day weekend to all those who died in military service to our nation. Of the three days set aside to
Elections on any level can be bruising affairs, so it’s a nice change of pace to see a campaign without accusations, allegations and attacks.
There are some subjects we don’t teach our children at a young age for fear that they may not be able to properly process the information. We don’t give driving lessons to 4-year-olds, after all.
Real crime is not like an episode of “Law and Order,” where all the details fall quickly, logically into place. Often, it takes a considerable amount of investigation to unravel crimes in a way that can be easily understood and shared with the public.
A rose to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors which expressed some interest is providing some of its Recovery Act funds to expand and improve
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Columbus City Council, on the recommendation of Ward 2 councilman Joseph Mickens, voted unanimously to delay hiring a new Chief Operations Officer until July at the earliest.
Thursday morning, Columbus officials scheduled a press conference to discuss the recent crime and shooting incidents in the city. Representatives of the Columbus Police Department, the mayor’s office, the Police Oversight Committee and the Citizen Task Force on Crime to discuss the issue and, presumably, what steps are being taken in an effort to address the problem.
Tuesday was a rare day, one in which an emerging issue has yet to be given the poison pill of partisan politics.
A rose to all those who contributed to yet another inspiring Eighth of May celebration. Saturday marked the 15th year of the event that celebrates
Next month, we will go to the polls to choose who will represent us in our city governments. This form of direct representation is important
Every year since the country’s founding, Americans get a snapshot of who we are. It’s called the U.S. Census and the data found in the
A rose to community leaders in Columbus and Starkville for efforts to engage citizens as they consider options in the wake of recent shootings that
When communities are suddenly gripped with intense or emotional issues, especially if it’s an outbreak of violent crime, the natural response often is for citizens and community leaders to gather for some type of town hall meeting as a first step toward tackling the problem.