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Our View: County decisions show hope for city-county relations

Posted 5/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, there were two items on the agenda that seemed sure to widen the gulf that has seemed to separate Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.



Our View: Programs show hope for inspiration

Posted 4/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In recent years, it has been argued that too much emphasis has been placed on standardized tests and college-track education, to the detriment of arts and vocational programs.



Our View: No relief in sight for road/bridge crisis

Posted 4/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past three years, the Mississippi Legislature has been warned about the deteriorating conditions of our state's roads and bridges. For the past three years, nothing has been done.



Our View: Restaurant tax compromise may save CVB funding but exposes serious flaw in Smith's reasoning

Posted 4/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors board meeting, Harry Sanders posed a question to Rep. Jeff Smith.



Our View: Story of Tuskegee Airmen is something all kids can learn from

Posted 4/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Lowndes County School District and Columbus Municipal School District paid a combined $4,000 to bring the RISE ABOVE Red Tails program to its middle-schoolers.



Our View: Sales tax laws put local businesses at disadvantage

Posted 4/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine you opened a small business.



Our View: Summer work program worthy of public support

Posted 4/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippians have long understood the importance of a strong work ethic and believe that, like all skills, it is something that can and should be taught at an early age.



Possumhaw: New every morning

Posted 4/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Spring comes every year, and yet it's new every morning. Sam left before dawn, headed to the fishing hole. With fishing it's important to be first to the hole. I roused slightly, saying our goodbyes, then dozed off again until I heard the birds singing.



Roses and thorns: 4/15/18

Posted 4/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Poll: Mississippians open to tax hike for roads/bridges and schools

Posted 4/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The idea of raising taxes is popular nowhere. Rare is the politician who even hints at such a thing on the campaign trail.



Our View: Like other projects, new restaurant tax would be best as joint effort

Posted 4/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In the aftermath of the failed effort to extend Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax, the question that is most prominent now is, "Now, what?"



Our View: Time to let the smoke out of the room on restaurant tax

Posted 4/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been 10 days since we learned that the effort to extend the county's 2-percent restaurant tax had died in the legislature.



Our View: 'Tales' is far more than entertainment

Posted 4/4/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past 30 years, students at Mississippi School for Math and Science have distinguished themselves in many areas.



Our View: Shining a light

Posted 4/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When a public entity is caught in misconduct -- especially when it results in public embarrassment -- accountability is key to moving forward and restoring public trust.



Our View: Shame

Posted 3/29/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It is the nature of the job that a legislator must sometimes defy popular opinion to do what he knows is best for his community.



Our View: Citizens have opportunity to serve city by sitting on commissions

Posted 3/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When considering "city government," it's easy for one to think only of the mayor and city council. If they were pressed, some people may think of the police chief, fire chief or, perhaps, city employees.



Our View: Criminal justice reform law a step in the right direction

Posted 3/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

No one could rightly argue that this year's session of the Mississippi legislature has been an effective one.



Our View: Nichols gets chance to correct 'unwritten rule of law enforcement'

Posted 3/22/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols once told a Dispatch reporter, "Nothing good ever comes from looking into the police."



Our View: Community criteria will help select new CMSD superintendent

Posted 3/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The best solutions come from understanding the issue and the best understanding comes from listening.



Our View: A gun control measure we can all agree on

Posted 3/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The 17 deaths at Parkland High School in Florida last month re-ignited the gun control debate throughout the country, pitting those who argue for tighter restrictions on guns against those who view any move in that direction as an assault on Second Amendment rights.



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