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Our View: If Caledonia's growth continues, this won't be the last time a tax increase is suggested

Posted 9/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For years now, Caledonia has prided itself on its low taxes. The town's 6.75 millage is third lowest in the state and hasn't been changed since 2011 -- when it actually went down.



Our View: Multiple retail development applicants allow city to pick best fit

Posted 9/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Last month, the Columbus City Council decided to hire a firm to pursue retail development for the city in lieu of continuing its relationship with the Golden Triangle Development LINK, which had previously provided that service.



Our View: Joint city-county committee a wise and timely move

Posted 9/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, District 4 supervisor Jeff Smith proposed to the board of supervisors reestablishing a committee of county and city officials to deal with issues that emerge on matters affecting both governments.



Our View: Vote on lottery may have been a smack-down to Republican bosses

Posted 8/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Mississippi House of Representatives voted against a state lottery Monday evening, it sent shockwaves throughout the Capitol and left everyone searching for the answer to a simple question: Why?



Our View: Lottery bill shows extent of our broken state government

Posted 8/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday's opening day the special session of Mississippi Legislature, specifically the proposal to institute a state lottery, is an embarrassing example of how government should not work.



Our View: In business and in government, write it down

Posted 8/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past year, and especially in recent weeks, the bitter dispute between Lowndes County and city of Columbus officials has driven home one point that everyone should now be able to agree on. When in doubt, write it down.



Our View: The Dispatch remains committed to local journalism

Posted 8/15/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past 20 years or so, it is no secret that the newspaper industry has struggled on the business side, with newspapers being shuttered, staffs being cut and coverage of some news being eliminated or greatly reduced.



Our View: MSU E-Center's downtown Starkville location could serve as a beacon for entrepreneurship

Posted 8/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, Mississippi State University held an event to announce its plans for a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultural designed to build on the university's entrepreneurship program by providing a place where new start-ups can develop, build and test prototypes of their products.


Our View: Columbus' focus on retail recruitment is a great start

Posted 8/10/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

As Columbus city officials wrap up their work on the FY2019 budget, which will go into effect on Oct. 1, there will be a renewed emphasis on attracting more retail development.


Our View: Medical Marijuana push has some unexpected allies

Posted 8/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

There is currently a grassroots effort (pun intended) to put medical marijuana on the ballot in Mississippi in November 2020.



Our View: Online sales tax collections should be shared with municipalities

Posted 8/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi cities want their slice of the annual $50 million to $75 million in new sales tax revenue created by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that requires big online retailers to collect state sales tax.



Our View: When Harry dumped Sally

Posted 8/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The split between the county's board of supervisors - more specifically board president Harry Sanders -- and the city of Columbus has been compared to a divorce, a messy one at that.



Our View: See a need? Take a plunge

Posted 7/31/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The story is told of George Armstrong Custer during his service as a young Union lieutenant in the Civil War.



Our View: Despite the heat, Sounds of Summer helps build community

Posted 7/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Eleven years ago, when the first Sounds of Summer concert series at the Columbus Riverwalk amphitheater was announced, there was really only one question: Are you crazy?



Our View: If only the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday was like the one for guns

Posted 7/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend, Mississippi will celebrate the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, although as celebrations go it's more like Flag Day than Independence Day, and for good reason.



Our View: Lowndes supervisors should move with caution on recreation plan

Posted 7/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, Lowndes County Recreation Manager Roger Short shared his vision for county recreation with supervisors during a special recreation workshop.



Our View: Moore should accept defeat with eyes three years ahead

Posted 7/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Text message emergency system is a wise investment

Posted 7/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past two decades, weather science has made remarkable strides as new technology has enhanced the ability to predict storms, giving more specific information on when and where storms are likely to hit and gauge the severity of those storms.



Our View: Blood donation is especially important in summer

Posted 7/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It happens every summer.



Our View: County's approach to tax office fee hike is petty

Posted 7/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It is no secret that bad blood exists between the governing bodies of Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.



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