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Our View: The spirit of optimism at Camp Rising Sun

Posted 6/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For 32 years, Camp Rising Sun has been beating the odds, facing down challenges and innovating, not unlike the kids for whom the camp was founded.



Our View: Sounds of Summer is a great excuse to brave the heat

Posted 6/11/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The summer days are long, tedious and often uncomfortable enough to drive us indoors. There are few things that can coax us out of isolation, though, and one of the most successful has been Sounds of Summer.



Our View: As Americans age, elder care deserves action now

Posted 6/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

America faces a crisis few of us seem to be giving much attention, even though the odds are good that most of us will someday be dramatically affected by it.



Our View: Let's show 'em who we really are

Posted 6/5/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Outside its borders, Mississippi often has an unflattering reputation, much of it earned.



Our View: Anniversary of 19th Amendment reminds us of the power of voting

Posted 6/4/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Today marks an important date in our history, one that is not only worthy of reflection but should also serve as a call to action. It was on this date in 1919 that Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.



Our View: Sen. Cochran is a reminder of what legislators should be

Posted 5/31/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The news of Thad Cochran's death Thursday morning was not entirely unexpected -- poor health had forced him to resign on April 1, 2018, four years into his last six-year term in the U.S. Senate.



Our View: State-wide pre-K education would be excellent compliment to Third-Grade Gate

Posted 5/24/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Can the quality of education be reduced to a simple mathematical equation? As much as we would like, it's not that simple.



Our View: Airport decision another example of city budget creep

Posted 5/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

What are we missing here? In November, the Lowndes County Airport Board of Directors unanimously chose Jared Rabren to manage the city-county airport as its Fixed Base Operator (FBO).



Our View: A long, hungry summer

Posted 5/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Some of the most important work performed at our schools occurs after classes have ended. Later this month, schools throughout Mississippi will begin providing breakfast and lunches to those 18 and younger through a USDA-funded summer feeding program administered through the Mississippi Department of Education.



Our View: EMCC begins critical task of finding Communiversity leader

Posted 5/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, East Mississippi Community College began accepting applications for the position of Executive Director for Communiversity, its $42-million advanced manufacturing skills training center.



Our View: Let's show Mississippi cares

Posted 5/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi cares. In some instances, that's a topic for debate.



Our View: A salute to law enforcement

Posted 5/16/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year in May, communities throughout the country take time to reflect on the important work our nation's law enforcement officers perform.



Our View: Survey of historic structures is a good move for Starkville

Posted 5/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Metal roof donations set great example for our business community

Posted 5/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity is currently working on its 49th house since it arrived in Columbus 29 years ago, but there is one feature to the current build that stands unique among all those projects.



Our View: Wage growth: One aspect of the state economy candidates aren't talking about

Posted 5/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: High expectations for Columbus' new CFO

Posted 5/3/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Deliah Vaughn started her job as the City of Columbus Chief Financial Officer this week.



Our View: Market Street Festival continues to bring us together

Posted 5/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For 24 years now, nothing has brought our community closer together than the annual Market Street Festival. We mean this quite literally.



Our View: Kudos to chancery court for digitizing their records

Posted 4/26/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

It is one of the mysteries of modern life that if you ask the average person who public records belong to, they would most likely answer "the government."



Our View: When sources cooperate, a more complete story emerges

Posted 4/25/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

P.T. Barnum famously said there's no such thing as bad publicity, but these days you aren't likely to find many people who ascribe to that theory.



Our View: Fred's closing may present an opportunity

Posted 4/18/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The news that Fred's will close two stores in Columbus by the end of May has alarmed long-time patrons of the stores and moved Mayor Robert Smith to pen a letter to the chain's corporate office in Memphis pleading for the company to change its mind.



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