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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.



Our View: Media play a role in community's relationship with Air Force

Posted 3/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: MSU women's basketball is result of a landmark moment in women's history

Posted 3/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: With Anderson Grove Head Start closure, more children put at risk

Posted 3/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: When elected officials face a crisis of conscience

Posted 3/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: A community conversation; now what?

Posted 3/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: Starkville, MSU bring the First Amendment into focus

Posted 3/2/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

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.



Our View: On our handling of recent social media threats

Posted 2/27/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For parents, there are few things that evoke more fear than the thought of their children being a victim of a school shooting.



Our View: More names needed for second school district seat

Posted 2/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

By the time the 2018-2019 school year begins, the Columbus Municipal School District will fill dozens of positions.



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