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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.



Our View: The perfect candidate addresses substantive issues

Posted 4/16/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

With roughly four months before Mississippians go to the polls to elect all state-wide offices, the latest Millsaps College/Chism Strategies State of the State Survey provides an interesting glimpse into what likely voters see as important issues in the campaign.



Our View: Lee project will boost community and keep memories fresh

Posted 4/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

What qualifies as historic is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. That's the case with the old Lee High School property on the corner of 18th Avenue and Military Road.



Our View: A lot of talk about the state flag

Posted 4/11/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

What does Mississippi's state flag and the weather have in common?



Our View: Despite deep GOP roots, Taggart basing attorney general campaign on nonpartisan issue

Posted 4/5/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For someone who has been in the inner circle of Mississippi Republican Party leadership for going on 40 years, Andy Taggart's candidacy for attorney general appears motivated far more by personal loss than political ideology.



The difference between a good basketball team and a great one

Posted 4/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For the Mississippi State women's basketball team, there was no third straight trip to the Final Four and, therefore, no "third time's the charm" appearance in the national championship game.



Our View: Starkville's citizens need to know how 'public' new sportsplex will be

Posted 3/29/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Now that the Legislature has approved a 1-percent increase in the city of Starkville's restaurant tax, city officials are meeting to plan exactly how they will proceed pending a vote by Starkville citizens.



Our View: Saying goodbye to online comments

Posted 3/28/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For years, the online version of The Dispatch has included a feature that allowed readers to comment on the stories we publish.



Our View: City should extend CFO applicant search

Posted 3/27/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine opening an ice cream shop that sells only one flavor.



Our View: State Republican legislators just voted to allow dark money campaign contributions

Posted 3/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There are two kinds of elected officials: Those who believe in open government and transparency. And those who do not.



Our View: City must act now to put out its financial fire

Posted 3/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine if you awoke one night to discover your house was on fire. What would you do?



Our View: Priest list is a first step, but legal action is needed

Posted 3/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In the legal world, there is a distinction between a confession and an admission. But in common use, the distinction between the two is that an admission means owning what is already known.



Our View: In gubernatorial debates, two out of three is bad

Posted 3/19/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

"Two out of three ain't bad" may be pretty good song lyrics, but it's an awful way to kick off the 2019 gubernatorial campaign.



Our View: Why are our lawmakers supporting a tax for Starkville but not a very similar one for Columbus?

Posted 3/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Not all 1-percent restaurant taxes are the same, apparently, although we have yet to learn why.



Our View: Legislature's pay raise priorities seem off

Posted 3/13/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Patience is a difficult, but necessary virtue for storm victims

Posted 3/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Three weeks after an EF-3 tornado swept through Columbus, those most affected by the disaster are still being told them must be patient.



Our View: If only every community had an Idea Shop

Posted 3/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The benefits of living in a college town are hard to overestimate, especially in small towns like Starkville.



Our View: A call for volunteer firefighters

Posted 3/7/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

The response from citizens after the Feb. 23 tornado has been a source of encouragement for the city of Columbus in the wake of the devastation. Almost as soon as the storm passed, neighbors joined first responders, utility crews and relief organizations to help their neighbors in need.



Our View: City was wise to plan for flooding at riverside facilities

Posted 2/27/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

While portions of the yet-to-be-completed amphitheater were already flooded Friday before Saturday's heaviest rainfall -- the standing room area close to the stage was already flooded -- we do not believe it's fair to call its location a mistake.



Our View: Be wary; con artists seize on tragedies

Posted 2/26/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a common saying, "You get what you pay for."



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