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Our View: More school districts should embrace C Spire coding program

Posted 12/4/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

As so often seems to be the case, there is good news and bad news about how our state prepares its young people for the future.



Our View: State needs a clearer path in restoring voting rights for felons

Posted 12/3/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Today in New Orleans, six Mississippians who are former felons will present a premise to a federal appeals court: It should not take an act of Congress to have your voting rights restored.



Our view: Lottery requires good judgment, restraint

Posted 11/29/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

This week marked a historic event in Mississippi. Monday at 5 a.m., the Mississippi Lottery Corporation offered its first lottery games -- a group of four scratch-off tickets that featured prizes up to $100,000.



Our view: The fire of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

Posted 11/27/2019 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: Is weed a gateway drug?

Posted 11/26/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost 50 years, there's been a debate about whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug. More and more, public opinion suggests it isn't, even as studies continue to produce mixed results on the question.



Our View: An increased minimum wage would help, but how much?

Posted 11/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Proposals for Kerr-McGee redevelopment begin to emerge

Posted 11/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Allison takes over a successful district with room to improve further

Posted 11/19/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

With Sam Allison's hire as superintendent Monday night, the Lowndes County School Board went for an in-house candidate with 15 years of administrative experience in the district.



Our View: Steady benefactor organization needed for coat drives

Posted 11/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Keep it up, letter writers!

Posted 11/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Job skills training for children can make education more relevant

Posted 11/1/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There was a time, not so long ago, that a child's path from school to the workplace was pretty simple and uniform. From kindergarten to high school graduation, students studied the same basic language, history, math and sciences classes. For high achieving students, there were higher level courses in math or science that could be taken. Students who struggled in academics as they entered high school were shuttled off to vocational training involving a few courses -- carpentry, wood-working, auto body, etc.



Our View: Full public should have access to Lowndes superintendent interviews

Posted 10/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In March 2016, the Mississippi Legislature changed the way public school districts select their superintendents, a change that will go into effect on Jan. 1.



Our View: Not discussing the 'divorce' is terrible for Pilgrimage

Posted 10/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Bargain Leigh Mall bid will hopefully mean improvement

Posted 10/18/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In the 1950s, CBS television offered viewers one of the first game shows, "The $64,00 Question," where contestants answered trivia questions for prize money. Today in Columbus, we have The $3.5 Million Question and there's nothing trivial about it.



Our View: Refreshing Ward 1 campaign leads to first female council member in a decade

Posted 10/17/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The race for Ward 1 Columbus City Council position didn't attract much attention, not even from voters. In both Tuesday's runoff, where Esther Stewart edged Liz Terry to win the open council seat, and the Sept. 25 election, which featured a field of nine candidates, about 600 of the ward's roughly 2,700 registered voters made it to the polls.



Our View: With the right leadership and new facility, 4H stands to thrive

Posted 10/11/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Taken together, EMCC's hype videos show historic lack of oversight

Posted 10/10/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Safe and sorry is a balancing act

Posted 10/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Starkville should avoid punitive Airbnb license fees

Posted 10/4/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Starkville is in the midst of a heated debate as it attempts to adjust its code to accommodate an emerging business -- short-term rentals in residential communities such as Airbnb -- while protecting the interests of home-owners in those neighborhoods.



Our View: LCSD should hold superintendent forum

Posted 10/3/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Let's get it right the first time. Between now and the end of the year, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees will do something it has never done before: select a superintendent of schools.



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