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Our View: Tax cut plan puts Mississippi on a dangerous path

Posted 3/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Two weeks ago, the Mississippi Senate, at the behest of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, passed a bill that will reduce state revenue by a whopping $577 million over the next 15 years by eliminating the franchise tax on business and the two lowest income tax brackets for residents.



Our View: Spring's arrival should not be ignored

Posted 3/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As we learned in school, the date of the start of the seasons are determined by science.



Our View: Lady Bulldogs tell the story of the women's game

Posted 3/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There are many differences between men's and women's college basketball, but on almost every level, the gap is closing.



Our View: Secrecy is the enemy of trust

Posted 3/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, several media outlets, including The Dispatch, were denied the chance to attend a review of the ballots cast in the Ward 5 city council runoff.



Our View: Financial literacy should be part of the educational process

Posted 3/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

At first blush, it seems like an oxymoron, but anyone who has experienced poverty for any significant amount of time will tell you: It's pretty expensive to be poor.



Our View: Guns and the illusion of safety

Posted 3/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi may soon run out of new places to carry guns.



Our View: City's failure is the process, not the person

Posted 3/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Stop us if you've heard this one: When the appointments are made to city boards, it is important that those choices are made ethically and fairly because to do otherwise erodes confidence in our city government.



Our View: Majority rule should be tempered by fair deliberation

Posted 3/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

If you ask the average American what form of government we have here in the U.S., the response would most likely be "a democracy."



Our View: Choose competence

Posted 3/1/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, voters go to the polls to decide who will represent Ward 5 on the Columbus City Council.



Common sense and crime

Posted 2/27/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

If a tree falls in Columbus, does it make a sound? The answer is yes. In fact, apparently it can be heard as far away as Tupelo.



Our View: Two meetings, two perspectives on drugs

Posted 2/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There were two public meetings Thursday evening in Columbus, both touching a common topic but from far different perspectives.



Our View: Jeff Smith: Beer czar or just bizarre?

Posted 2/25/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

As the Legislature proceeds with its 2016 session, the economic outlook is worrisome for out state.



Our View: New gun bill is a reckless distortion of the Second Amendment

Posted 2/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Contrary to the views of some of our legislators, the Second Amendment is not under attack in Mississippi.



Our View: President Trump?

Posted 2/23/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

A year ago, when the billionaire real estate developer and "reality" TV star announced his candidacy for the presidency, it was widely regarded as little more than a temporary, if wildly entertaining, diversion in the long, exhausting journey to the 2016 election.



Our View: For better or worse, Columbus captures national attention

Posted 2/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Generally, there are two types of publicity.



Our View: The lifeblood of our community

Posted 2/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is a common metaphor, used to stress the importance of some thing or quality. From our children to our community service to churches, schools and businesses, all sometimes referred to as "the lifeblood our community."



Our View: City's handling of Ball incident continues to undermine confidence

Posted 2/12/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By it's very nature, the Oct. 16 officer-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball put the city of Columbus' elected leaders and its police department in a difficult situation.



Our View: City's appeal of ruling is a continued assault on open government

Posted 2/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Dec. 5, 2014, the Mississippi Ethics Commission ruled the city of Columbus had violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding two separate non-quorum meetings the previous February where city business was discussed privately and without public notice.



Our View: Ward 5 voters have plenty of options

Posted 2/5/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Feb. 16, voters who live in Ward 5 of Columbus will select the person who will represent them on the city council.



Our View: Help us celebrate Catfish Alley milestone Thursday

Posted 2/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Before the first edition of Catfish Alley magazine was published, a lot of questions had to be answered, yet one remained after those first magazines were delivered: How long can we keep this up?



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