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Our View: CAFB remains crucial partner to Columbus, Lowndes

Posted 10/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine for a moment that a company announced that it was opening in Lowndes County and would produce $250 million dollars in economic impact each year. We would hardly be able to contain our excitement, right?



Our View: It's past time for Councilman Jones to explain himself

Posted 10/10/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Until eight days ago, Stephen Jones seemed to comport himself as a model citizen. Since joining the council as its Ward 5 representative 2-1/2 years ago, he's acted in that role with what's appeared to be unflappable integrity. He's often been an independent swing vote, and he's never been one to shy away from explaining his positions or accepting accountability for his decisions.



Our View: Starkville wisely learns from unwise 1998 annexation

Posted 10/4/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

No one wants to annex like it's 1998.



Our View: Enough.

Posted 10/3/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

During his campaign rally Tuesday night in DeSoto County, President Trump did what no Republican Senator nor even the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, dared to do: He mocked Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has delayed, if not derailed the nomination.



Our View: The potential of a new Leigh Mall owner

Posted 10/2/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When The Dispatch reported Leigh Mall would go up for auction in December, it created an immediate response in the community and rightly so.



Our View: To cheer or boo? That is the question

Posted 9/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Dan Mullen, who led the Mississippi State football team to its longest stretch of sustained success in history, returns to Starkville Saturday as head coach of the Florida Gators.



Our View: The power of a story

Posted 9/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Arts Council presents its annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival this weekend and every year, the timing seems perfect.



Our View: CMSD SPED program takes steps in the right direction

Posted 9/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Although it has yet to hear the final word from the Mississippi Department of Education, it appears the Columbus Municipal School District is well on its way to resolving the troubling issues that emerged in the district's special education program (SPED).



Unity Park offers opportunity to honor civil rights leaders

Posted 9/21/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Unity Park Advisory Committee started the nomination process for 2019 honorees, the second year the committee has asked the public for help in identifying community members whose contributions have served to unite citizens and bridge the cultural, racial and economic divides that so often undermine the progress of communities.



Our View: School confidence is undermined by accountability score process

Posted 9/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For what it's worth, the Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability grade scores for Mississippi schools and school districts on Wednesday.



Our View: CMSD program a good step in improving parent participation

Posted 9/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When schools struggle, there are always a variety of factors presented to explain the problem - everything from funding to poor leadership to poverty to the breakdown of society, depending on who you listen to.



Our View: A community conversation becomes community action

Posted 9/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Lowndes County Foundation held a "community conversation," at the Trotter Center in March, there were two competing perceptions -- hope and skepticism.



Our View: Marijuana, like alcohol, is better regulated than banned

Posted 9/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Online etiquette and safety for children needs parent participation

Posted 9/12/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Later this month, this year's Columbus Mayor's Youth Council class will meet for the first time.



Our View: If Caledonia's growth continues, this won't be the last time a tax increase is suggested

Posted 9/7/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For years now, Caledonia has prided itself on its low taxes. The town's 6.75 millage is third lowest in the state and hasn't been changed since 2011 -- when it actually went down.



Our View: Multiple retail development applicants allow city to pick best fit

Posted 9/6/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Last month, the Columbus City Council decided to hire a firm to pursue retail development for the city in lieu of continuing its relationship with the Golden Triangle Development LINK, which had previously provided that service.



Our View: Joint city-county committee a wise and timely move

Posted 9/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, District 4 supervisor Jeff Smith proposed to the board of supervisors reestablishing a committee of county and city officials to deal with issues that emerge on matters affecting both governments.



Our View: Vote on lottery may have been a smack-down to Republican bosses

Posted 8/28/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Mississippi House of Representatives voted against a state lottery Monday evening, it sent shockwaves throughout the Capitol and left everyone searching for the answer to a simple question: Why?



Our View: Lottery bill shows extent of our broken state government

Posted 8/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Thursday's opening day the special session of Mississippi Legislature, specifically the proposal to institute a state lottery, is an embarrassing example of how government should not work.



Our View: In business and in government, write it down

Posted 8/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past year, and especially in recent weeks, the bitter dispute between Lowndes County and city of Columbus officials has driven home one point that everyone should now be able to agree on. When in doubt, write it down.



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