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Our View: Reasonable review needed of professional license requirements

Posted 8/22/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Wright's actions a disservice to taxpayers and students

Posted 8/15/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

In 2015, Lowndes County voters approved a $44 million bond issue to build/upgrade facilities across the county school district.



Our View: Time to tighten down on absentee voting

Posted 8/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Absentee voting is meant to be a tool for voters, not a campaign strategy for candidates. In Columbus, some people don't seem to have gotten that memo.



Our View: Answering the call to serve

Posted 8/8/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Public boards need members who understand finances

Posted 8/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

At first blush, there appears few things the Lowndes County School District, East Mississippi Community College and the city of Columbus have in common. Each has its own unique mission, challenges and responsibilities. What they do share, unfortunately, is serious difficulty in managing their finances.



Our View: EMCC's deficit spending needs to be addressed

Posted 8/1/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Since 2009, the East Mississippi Community College football team has won seven state and five national championships, a level of success never before seen on its level of football.



Our View: Reeves' refusal to discuss Medicaid expansion not good enough

Posted 7/31/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

When voters go to the poll Tuesday for the primary election, they will have a total of 11 candidates for Governor to choose from -- eight Democrats and three Republicans. With that many candidates, it's hard for any to stand apart on an issue.



Our View: The Age of the Electric Car is coming

Posted 7/30/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

At the turn of the 20th Century, the presence of an automobile on the streets of Columbus was something of a sensation. Back then, automobiles were little more than a novelty and if you had asked citizens whether automobiles would ever become the primary source of transportation, you would have likely encountered some skepticism.



Our View: Propst Park's reputation hinges on city's response to shooting

Posted 7/24/2019 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: City seems to take pride in transparency only when it serves the interests of certain people

Posted 7/23/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For some misguided officials, open records laws appear to be merely a tool they wield to shield actions from public view in some cases or to punish those who have fallen out of favor in others.



Our View: A time such as this

Posted 7/12/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Many people are familiar with the story of Esther from the Bible. For those who aren't, it was the story of a Jewish woman married to the king of Persia, who was called upon to use her influence to save the captive Jews under Persian rule from persecution.



Our View: Sidebar conversations in meetings must stop

Posted 7/10/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, during open session of a Lowndes County School Board meeting, board president Robert Barksdale made a phone call from the board table.



Our View: Coming tax hike a result of poor fiscal management by county schools

Posted 7/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the Lowndes County School District voted to raise local taxes by four percent to ensure it had the reserve funds required by state law.



Our View: Starkville remains responsive to annexation concerns

Posted 7/3/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For almost two years now, the city of Starkville has made known its desire to annex portions of the county, most notably on the east side of town.



Our View: Starkville's storm water problem needs addressing

Posted 7/2/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

It might surprise you to know that arid Arizona often has a flooding problem, one that it can do little to mitigate. Despite an average annual rainfall of eight inches, street flooding is a common occurrence during July, referred to as the monsoon season.



Our View: City's request for cleanup plans are measured, appropriate

Posted 6/28/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

When the city of Columbus sent letters to 27 homeowners whose properties were severely damaged by the Feb. 23 tornado informing them that they had until Monday to respond with their plans to rebuild, repair or demolish their properties, it was viewed by some as adding insult to injury.



Our View: Proper notice of public meetings is crucial for citizen participation

Posted 6/27/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

There is likely no better example of self-governance than your local school board.



Our View: MSU baseball's spirits remain unbroken

Posted 6/21/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

For the 11th time, Mississippi State reached the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, the Holy Grail of college baseball.



Our View: Burns Bottom redevelopment stands to tie downtown projects together

Posted 6/20/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus has a well-deserved reputation for preserving its historic buildings, so the decision to demolish a home built in the 1830s to make way for a major redevelopment project did not come without considerable scrutiny.



Our View: It's past time for landowners to let Starkville industrial park proceed

Posted 6/19/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

It's one, two, three strikes, you're out on the old ballgame. That same rule should apply when it comes to a lawsuit that has delayed progress on a proposed industrial park in Starkville.



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