The idea of raising taxes is popular nowhere. Rare is the politician who even hints at such a thing on the campaign trail.
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?"
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.
For the past 30 years, students at Mississippi School for Math and Science have distinguished themselves in many areas.
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.
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.
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.
No one could rightly argue that this year's session of the Mississippi legislature has been an effective one.
Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols once told a Dispatch reporter, "Nothing good ever comes from looking into the police."
The best solutions come from understanding the issue and the best understanding comes from listening.
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.
For more than 75 years, Columbus Air Force Base, and the men and women who work and train there, has been an important part of our community. The economic impact of the base alone makes that emphatically clear.
March is Women's History Month. That probably wasn't on anyone's mind Monday afternoon, when several hundred fans gathered with the Mississippi State women's basketball team to watch the NCAA Women's Tournament Selection Show.
For years now, the state of Mississippi has struggled to provide funding for K-12 education, yet there is another level of education that also continues to remain underfunded and undeveloped in our state -- pre-K education.
When a person is elected to office in our nation, the first thing that person does -- before considering any business or casting any vote -- is to take an oath of office, swearing to uphold the Constitution and the law of the land.
The Lowndes County Community Foundation held its first public forum at the Trotter Center Monday where community leaders and citizens discussed a range of issues facing the county in a meeting that lasted about two and a half hours.
In Starkville, the First Amendment, particularly as it relates to free speech, has moved from theoretical discussion to practical reality over the past couple of weeks.
For parents, there are few things that evoke more fear than the thought of their children being a victim of a school shooting.
By the time the 2018-2019 school year begins, the Columbus Municipal School District will fill dozens of positions.
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