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Our view: Lowndes schools bond issue worthy of support

Posted 8/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

At first blush, the situation might appear counterintuitive: The Lowndes County School District will soon be awash in revenue, yet on Aug. 26 the district will ask voters to go to the polls to support a proposal to issue $47 million in bonds to be used to build, renovate or replace facilities on all three of the district's campuses.

 

 

Our View: The poor next door

Posted 8/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes, it must appear that the media demonstrates a particular zeal in delivering what is rightfully considered "bad news."

 

 

Our View: 'Let them eat cake'

Posted 8/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The legend is told that in 1789, when informed that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"--"Let them eat cake." In the subsequent centuries that callous remark has been considered the standard by which all examples of a tone-deaf leader is measured.

 

 

Our View: Our teachers need our help

Posted 8/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is the first day of school in Starkville, Oktibbeha County and West Point. Students in Columbus and Lowndes County begin classes Thursday while some private schools will not begin classes until next week.

 

 

Our View: Don't sell Short short

Posted 8/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors meet monthly in a small conference room at Propst Park. These are generally low-profile meetings. There are eight chairs for visitors placed along two walls of the small room, but they are usually unoccupied. There is rarely any media at these meetings.

 

 

Our View: Summer's home stretch

Posted 8/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a video that has gone viral that shows a Copperhead snake that has just been decapitated. The snake's body continues to writhe and wriggle as the head lays motionless near its body. The snake's body makes contact with its head several times, then -- and this is what made the video viral -- the snake's head suddenly sinks its fangs deep into its own body.

 

 

Our View: Oktibbeha, Starkville boards fail to truly follow agendas

Posted 7/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Oktibbeha County supervisors and Starkville aldermen both have something in common: They recently tended to business outside the constraints of their published agendas.

 

 

Our View: School funding petition worthy of support

Posted 7/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi has two sales tax holidays. The first came last weekend with a sales tax exemption on back-to-school items limited to clothing and footwear. The other, signed into law this year by Gov. Phil Bryant and enjoying broad legislative support, comes Sept. 5-7.

 

Roses and thorns: 7/27/14

Posted 7/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A rose to Main Street Columbus for another successful "Sounds of Summer" concert series at the Riverwalk.

 

Our View: Getting at the root of poverty

Posted 7/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Figures from a U.S. Census Report paint a grim picture of life in the Golden Triangle. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies "poverty areas" as census tracts with a 20 percent poverty rate or higher. According to this definition the entire Golden Triangle region is a poverty area.

 

 

Our View: CAFB's ranking does not diminish our affection

Posted 7/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A story in the July 21 edition of Air Force Times is certain to cause some hurt feelings in our community. In the story, Columbus Air Force based was ranked in a tie for "third least popular" of the 68 USAF bases in the U.S.

 

 

Our View: Taking the politics out of Common Core

Posted 7/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It has become politically fashionable in some circles to treat Common Core as something akin to the "mark of the beast." More than anything else, Common Core is a victim of timing. It didn't start out that way.

 

 

Our View: A change in the way we think about work

Posted 7/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins first announced plans for a $38 million "Communiversity" project a month ago, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

 

 

Our View: Undoing what has been done

Posted 7/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will meet to make a decision that will undo yet another decision made by the previous board.

 

 

Our View: Finding a balance

Posted 7/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, by a 3-2 vote, selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its new superintendent of schools. We congratulate Hickman, welcome him to the city and look forward to hearing his plans for the district.

 

 

Our View: Open communications? We're all for it

Posted 7/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

For its part, the board focused mainly on soliciting the council's help in securing grants, maintaining infrastructure around its schools and exploring ways to turn vacant school-owned facilities such as the Magnolia Bowl and Lee Middle School in revenue-producing sites.

 

 

Our View: Independence Day: Are we worthy?

Posted 7/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today as we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, our attention naturally turns to the Founding Fathers, those great patriots who fashioned this unique republic.

 

 

Our View: The costs of a peaceful silence

Posted 7/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

We Americans have readily fulfilled John Adams' exhortation, in a letter to his wife, that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells. Bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ... "

 

 

Our View: Choosing a school superintendent

Posted 7/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met for a second round of interviews with its two superintendent finalists.

 

 

Our View: Soccer's popularity continues to grow

Posted 7/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This afternoon, the United States plays Belgium in the World Cup. A win would send the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the modern era. In three matches, the USA's success has been met with growing enthusiasm in a nation where football -- American football, that is -- reigns supreme.

 

 

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