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Our View: Presley's role as facilitator important in Southern Cross discussions

Posted 7/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever since the new invention of barbed wire made it to the western United States more than 140 years ago, there has been a debate in this country over whether private property can be encroached upon for the greater common good.



Our View: City's approach to paving is still short-sighted

Posted 7/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

What is equal is not always best. In fact, sometimes it is the worst approach.



Our view: An apology

Posted 7/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In Sunday's edition, we apologized for the editorial cartoon which appeared in Friday's edition.



Our View: Hickman must go

Posted 7/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent in July 2014, the job came with a $175,000 salary and benefits. Lots of benefits.



Our View: Colom's decision to hand case to AG's office was right choice

Posted 7/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When District Attorney Scott Colom crossed the lawn in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse Wednesday morning and stood before a podium to announce how his office planned to proceed with the Ricky Ball case, there were as many media present as there were spectators.



Our view: School board budget hearing reveals leadership deficit

Posted 7/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District's budget hearing Thursday evening was dispiriting.



Our View: Apathy is the enemy in our school-funding crisis

Posted 7/1/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Joe Max Higgins surveyed the audience that had gathered at the Nissan Auditorium on the MUW campus. He was not happy with the turnout of about 50 or so Golden Triangle Development LINK Trust and Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce members who had come to the event.



Our View: Summitt's legacy is her impact on the game, lives

Posted 6/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

During his speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer stressed the importance of not just developing talent, but people.



Our View: Columbus schools must justify tax increase in face of alternate plan

Posted 6/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month Columbus Municipal School District officials presented a preliminary request for an additional $1.4 million to Lowndes Tax Assessor Greg Andrews. Funded solely by the taxpayers of Columbus, it would have represented the largest school tax increase in recent memory.



Our View: Breaking old stereotypes

Posted 6/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Boys are better than girls in math. It is a belief that has been perpetrated for generations and has become, for far too many of our girls, a self-fulfilling prophecy.



Our View: CMSD must tighten belt on its budget request

Posted 6/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Although the Columbus Municipal School District stresses it has not finalized its budget request for the 2017 school year, it seems certain the district will be requesting a significant increase in funding.



Our View: Kids Count? In Mississippi, not so much

Posted 6/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Ann E. Casey Foundation releases its exhaustive study of the well-being of America's children called Kids Count.



Our View: Finding common ground

Posted 6/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the early morning hours Saturday, as America learned of the horrific slaughter of 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we waited to hear the word we would run with, the word that confirmed our biases and advanced our narrative.



Our View: Summer: the season of the hungry child

Posted 6/16/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Summer is a happy season for most kids, who depending on their age, are busy with work or sports or any number of activities that serve a break from the routine of the school year. But for many children here in the Golden Triangle and throughout the nation, summer can mean something else: It can mean going hungry.



Our View: County, city must work together on study of CLRA's future

Posted 6/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The debate about whether it is time to take a look at how the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority serves the community could not have started much worse.



Our View: Summer should be a time of exploring nature

Posted 6/10/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

There is more than one way to waste a summer. Previously, we urged older teens to make productive use of their break from school by getting a job. The life lessons learned from those experiences often provide practical underpinning to "book learning."



Our View: It's never too early to think about careers

Posted 6/9/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When should young people start thinking about careers? Mike Clayborne, president of the CREATE Foundation, says eighth grade.



Our View: Aldermen put petty politics over prudence

Posted 6/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday was an embarrassing day for the Starkville Board of Aldermen and, by extension, the city itself.



Our View: Let's put teens to work this summer

Posted 6/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It is unfortunate that for many teens, the only thing they'll be working on this summer is their tans or curveballs or video game skills. Statistically, about 40 percent of America's teens work during the summer break.



Our View: A victory for open government

Posted 5/31/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On Thursday, Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and the city council did, in fact, violate Mississippi's Open Meeting Act.



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