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Our View: School funding petition worthy of support

Posted 7/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi has two sales tax holidays. The first came last weekend with a sales tax exemption on back-to-school items limited to clothing and footwear. The other, signed into law this year by Gov. Phil Bryant and enjoying broad legislative support, comes Sept. 5-7.

 

Roses and thorns: 7/27/14

Posted 7/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A rose to Main Street Columbus for another successful "Sounds of Summer" concert series at the Riverwalk.

 

Our View: Getting at the root of poverty

Posted 7/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Figures from a U.S. Census Report paint a grim picture of life in the Golden Triangle. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies "poverty areas" as census tracts with a 20 percent poverty rate or higher. According to this definition the entire Golden Triangle region is a poverty area.

 

 

Our View: CAFB's ranking does not diminish our affection

Posted 7/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

A story in the July 21 edition of Air Force Times is certain to cause some hurt feelings in our community. In the story, Columbus Air Force based was ranked in a tie for "third least popular" of the 68 USAF bases in the U.S.

 

 

Our View: Taking the politics out of Common Core

Posted 7/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It has become politically fashionable in some circles to treat Common Core as something akin to the "mark of the beast." More than anything else, Common Core is a victim of timing. It didn't start out that way.

 

 

Our View: A change in the way we think about work

Posted 7/16/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins first announced plans for a $38 million "Communiversity" project a month ago, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

 

 

Our View: Undoing what has been done

Posted 7/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tonight, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will meet to make a decision that will undo yet another decision made by the previous board.

 

 

Our View: Finding a balance

Posted 7/11/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, by a 3-2 vote, selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its new superintendent of schools. We congratulate Hickman, welcome him to the city and look forward to hearing his plans for the district.

 

 

Our View: Open communications? We're all for it

Posted 7/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

For its part, the board focused mainly on soliciting the council's help in securing grants, maintaining infrastructure around its schools and exploring ways to turn vacant school-owned facilities such as the Magnolia Bowl and Lee Middle School in revenue-producing sites.

 

 

Our View: Independence Day: Are we worthy?

Posted 7/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today as we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, our attention naturally turns to the Founding Fathers, those great patriots who fashioned this unique republic.

 

 

Our View: The costs of a peaceful silence

Posted 7/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

We Americans have readily fulfilled John Adams' exhortation, in a letter to his wife, that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells. Bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ... "

 

 

Our View: Choosing a school superintendent

Posted 7/2/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met for a second round of interviews with its two superintendent finalists.

 

 

Our View: Soccer's popularity continues to grow

Posted 7/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This afternoon, the United States plays Belgium in the World Cup. A win would send the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the modern era. In three matches, the USA's success has been met with growing enthusiasm in a nation where football -- American football, that is -- reigns supreme.

 

 

Our View: Reading to your children: It's never too soon

Posted 6/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When should parents begin reading to their children? Research says it's never too soon.

 

Our View: On the cutting edge with Aurora

Posted 6/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It's not often that Mississippi finds itself on the cutting edge. More often than not, new ideas, technologies, fashions and fads seem to arrive here after a bit of a lag.

 

Our View: Vote for Cochran on Tuesday

Posted 6/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, voters will again go to the polls across the state to determine the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Thad Cochran faces tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Tuesday runoff with the winner facing former U.S. Representative Travis Childers in the November general election.

 

 

Our View: Why Juneteenth matters

Posted 6/20/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend, Starkville will join Columbus in celebrating Juneteenth, an event which remains one of the great paradoxes in American history: It is a significant moment in our history, yet few events of its magnitude have received less attention.

 

 

Our View: A bold proposal

Posted 6/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

On Wednesday, at the Golden Triangle Development LINK's quarterly meeting, plans for the construction of a building currently called the Communiversity were revealed.

 

 

Our View: City council strikes another blow against open government

Posted 6/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Some concepts are just hard to grasp. For example, can anyone really explain what Higgs boson is? Other ideas are easier to absorb. Or at least, they should be.

 

 

Our View: Give, but do your homework first

Posted 6/12/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this week the Tampa Times released the results of a study on what it calls "America's Worst Charities." Fifty charities were on the list, which you can find at http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/.

 

 

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