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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.



Our View: Jim Borsig's legacy

Posted 1/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On April 8, 2015, just days before he was to officially leave his post as president at Mississippi University for Women to become the commissioner of the state college board, Jim Borsig had a change of heart.



Our View: Shelton's appointment heralds new day for CPD

Posted 1/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Count us among those who breathed a sigh of relief with the city council's choice of Fred Shelton as police chief Tuesday evening.



Our View: As good as it gets

Posted 12/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

For some, Christmas is a deeply spiritual event. For others, less so.



Our View: Tourist tax: the city's last-ditch effort

Posted 12/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council approved a resolution and a proposed bill to send to the Legislature to create a new 2-percent food-and-beverage tax, which would apply only to restaurants, bars and taverns within the city limits.



Our View: Spruill proving to be effective, visionary leader for Starkville

Posted 12/19/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In the buffet line before Monday's Starkville Rotary Club meeting and, after the meeting, as members came forward to shake hands with the speaker and exchange a few encouraging words, there seemed to be a consensus: Lynn Spruill has done a good job as mayor in the six months since she was sworn into office.



Our View: Communiversity's success depends on an engaged partnership

Posted 12/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

A year after construction started on the $42.6 million Communiversity, the massive manufacturing technology education center is beginning to take shape and turn heads for those driving past the site along Highway 82.



Our View: Town hall meetings: Let's have more of them

Posted 12/13/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The best of American democracy does not always begin with visionary leaders on a national scale.



Our View: Citizens ill-served by city's timid response to CPD leadership

Posted 12/12/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith confirmed that police chief Oscar Lewis has given notice he will be retiring at the end of the year.



Our View: CMSD must get it right this time

Posted 12/9/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday evening, the Columbus Municipal School board will listen to presentations from firms to conduct a search for the district's fourth superintendent since 2011.



Our View: Celebrating 200 years

Posted 12/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in the union. The year-long observance of the state's bi-centennial will culminate Saturday with the opening of not one, but two museums dedicated to the state's long, often troubled, history.



Our View: As long as it takes

Posted 12/6/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council will meet at the Trotter Center at 9:30 a.m. in an effort to agree on a joint resolution to submit to the Legislature to extend the 2-percent restaurant tax.


Our View: Let the holiday season begin

Posted 12/5/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Christmas is a fixed date on the calendar, but while we all recognize Dec. 25 as the day, there is no agreement on when the Christmas season begins.


Our View: An unlikely site for the library of an under-appreciated president

Posted 12/1/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, Mississippi State held a grand-opening ceremony for the Grant Presidential Library, a $10-million, 21,000 square-foot addition to the university's Mitchell Memorial Library.



Our View: The restaurant-tax impasse: a step in the right direction

Posted 11/30/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In October, when Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins and Columbus Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter appeared before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and The Columbus City Council at their respective regular meetings, it seemed simply a procedural matter that could be easily addressed.



Our View: Christmas shopping: Spread the joy ... locally

Posted 11/24/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.



Our View: A spirit of gratitude

Posted 11/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Long before Abe Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863 and long before the Pilgrims' 1621 feast that inspired it, a guy in Rome best expressed the idea behind what we recognize today as Thanksgiving:



Our View: A dereliction of duty

Posted 11/22/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council held it regular meeting, breezing through a light agenda in a shade under 15 minutes.



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