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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.



Our View: Higgins crosses a line that cannot be accepted

Posted 11/21/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

In Sunday's Dispatch, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins pulled no punches in his criticism of state leadership on the issue of economic development.



Our View: For Woodard and other seniors, new challenges await

Posted 11/15/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Like hundreds of thousands of high school seniors, Robert Woodard II has decided where he will attend college next year.



Our View: CMSD: Let's get it right this time

Posted 11/14/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted for a change in leadership.



Our View: Firing of football coach results in bewilderment

Posted 11/10/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was not a good day to be a Falcon.



Our View: Manipulation of city codes wrong response to Premier Lounge shooting

Posted 11/9/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The elected officials of Columbus have many obligations, among them the responsibility to promote public safety, often through policy decisions.



Our View: Hospital vote sends sobering message to both sides

Posted 11/8/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The people have spoken. Now it's time to listen to what they said.



Our View: CVB funding: Lowndes County cannot be a house divided

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past few weeks, as we have watched county and city officials squabble over the details of a renewal of the two-percent restaurant tax, our attitude has devolved from disappointment to consternation and now borders on disgust.



Our View: Today's election has long-term consequences

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

Special elections generally feature low voter turnout.



Our View: City should be commended for quick response to shooting

Posted 11/7/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

It will take some time for us to know the full story of the officer-involved shooting death during the early morning hours Saturday.



Our View: Underhanded campaigns sully hospital sale referendum

Posted 11/3/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

On Tuesday, voters in Oktibbeha County will go to the polls to decide if the county can sell the county-owned OCH Regional Medical Center. The vote, it is thought, will bring to an end a long and emotionally charged debate.



Our View: It should never have come to this

Posted 11/2/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

What was supposed to have been a routine measure to extend Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax has become an unseemly turf war between the city of Columbus and the county.



Our View: Taking full measure of the 'Mullen effect'

Posted 10/31/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

A Ph.D. candidate in sociology in search of a dissertation might consider examining college football fans for insight into human behavior.



Our View: Relationships at the root of our rich cultural offerings

Posted 10/27/2017 in Dispatch Editorials

The expression, "It's all about who you know," most often carries a negative connotation, suggesting that relationships often lead to advantages.



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