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Our View: After failed bond, Lowndes still has options

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials

When voters in the Lowndes County School District rejected a $47 million bond proposal for major additions and renovations Tuesday, the initial reaction in some quarters was in despair. While a small majority of voters approved what could have amounted to a self-imposed tax increase by a small margin (52 percent), the measure fell well short of the 60-percent vote required for approval.

 

Our View: Art is everywhere

Posted 8/26/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

If, while driving around Lowndes County, you've noticed a different sort of billboard advertising, thank an artist. Better yet, visit an art show, museum or art gallery.

 

Our view: A bond issue easy to like

Posted 8/23/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, registered voters who live in the Lowndes County School District will go to the polls to vote on a $47 million bond issue to build, replace and renovate school facilities.

 

 

Our View: Tax cut popular, but is it wise?

Posted 8/22/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

At last month's Neshoba County Fair, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wowed the crowd by saying, "We think it's time to look at a pay raise for taxpayers."

 

 

Our View: A local take on border security

Posted 8/21/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Dr. Jonathan Speegle, pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in Columbus, spoke to the Columbus Kiwanis Club Wednesday. His topic: Comprehensive immigration reform. Given his position, it was hardly unexpected that Speegle would consider this issue in theological terms.

 

 

Our View: Gun violence in unexpected places

Posted 8/19/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday's early-morning shooting at Buffalo Wild Wings that left one woman dead and another facing a murder charge created a different perception among some in the community, primarily because of where it happened.

 

 

Our View: The value of play

Posted 8/18/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The kids are back in school. Summer vacations have been taken. Play time is over, right? Perish the thought.

 

 

Our View: Betting on Columbus

Posted 8/15/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The financial landscape of the city of Columbus has been the topic of concern since last week's special meeting of the council, which was held to make adjustments to the proposed budget.

 

 

Our View: City should consider privatization of public works

Posted 8/14/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Last week, as the city council and mayor were engaged in a discussion of the city's grim financial outlook, councilman Bill Gavin pushed back when the city's chief operations officer, David Armstrong, suggested that a tax increase was inevitable. Gavin's position was the city should explore all possible options of reducing expenses before taking that step.

 

 

Our View: A stumbling start

Posted 8/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday afternoon, Philip Hickman, the new superintendent of schools in Columbus, met with The Dispatch editorial board. We left that meeting with a guarded sense of optimism.

 

 

Our View: Your chance to be heard on the mayor's pay raise

Posted 8/13/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

It has been a week since Columbus Mayor Robert Smith broke a 3-3 tie to award himself a $10,000 pay raise during a special budget meeting that painted a grim picture of the city's financial picture.

 

 

Our view: Lowndes schools bond issue worthy of support

Posted 8/9/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

At first blush, the situation might appear counterintuitive: The Lowndes County School District will soon be awash in revenue, yet on Aug. 26 the district will ask voters to go to the polls to support a proposal to issue $47 million in bonds to be used to build, renovate or replace facilities on all three of the district's campuses.

 

 

Our View: The poor next door

Posted 8/8/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometimes, it must appear that the media demonstrates a particular zeal in delivering what is rightfully considered "bad news."

 

 

Our View: 'Let them eat cake'

Posted 8/7/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The legend is told that in 1789, when informed that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"--"Let them eat cake." In the subsequent centuries that callous remark has been considered the standard by which all examples of a tone-deaf leader is measured.

 

 

Our View: Our teachers need our help

Posted 8/6/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is the first day of school in Starkville, Oktibbeha County and West Point. Students in Columbus and Lowndes County begin classes Thursday while some private schools will not begin classes until next week.

 

 

Our View: Don't sell Short short

Posted 8/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors meet monthly in a small conference room at Propst Park. These are generally low-profile meetings. There are eight chairs for visitors placed along two walls of the small room, but they are usually unoccupied. There is rarely any media at these meetings.

 

 

Our View: Summer's home stretch

Posted 8/1/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

There is a video that has gone viral that shows a Copperhead snake that has just been decapitated. The snake's body continues to writhe and wriggle as the head lays motionless near its body. The snake's body makes contact with its head several times, then -- and this is what made the video viral -- the snake's head suddenly sinks its fangs deep into its own body.

 

 

Our View: Oktibbeha, Starkville boards fail to truly follow agendas

Posted 7/30/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Oktibbeha County supervisors and Starkville aldermen both have something in common: They recently tended to business outside the constraints of their published agendas.

 

 

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.

 

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