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Our View: Crying 'uncle'

Posted 8/4/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

On a playground, a scuffle ends when one of the kids is forced to "say uncle." But when it comes to the two-year tenure of Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, we've been crying uncle since the very start.



Our View: Relationships are key to fighting crime

Posted 8/3/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday, the Columbus Police Department held its annual "Night Out Against Crime," with officers fanning out across the city to mix and mingle with residents in seven neighborhoods.



Our View: School supplies tax holiday is a token gesture

Posted 7/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

This weekend marks the state's eighth school sales tax holiday.



Our View: A treasure at our doorstep

Posted 7/26/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

It was a phone conversation during a walk along the short span of shaded path that connects the Columbus Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.



Our View: New hope for Lee Middle School property

Posted 7/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

For five years now, Lee Middle School has sat vacant, and it may be several years before we see any activity on the property.



Our View: Bulldog Bash must remain in Starkville

Posted 7/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The relationship between Mississippi State University and the city of Starkville is essential to the success of both, though at times that seems to be forgotten.



Our View: College campuses play important role in battle against tobacco

Posted 7/20/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

By the end of the year, all three of our area's college campuses will be officially tobacco-free.



Our View: Presley's role as facilitator important in Southern Cross discussions

Posted 7/19/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Ever since the new invention of barbed wire made it to the western United States more than 140 years ago, there has been a debate in this country over whether private property can be encroached upon for the greater common good.



Our View: City's approach to paving is still short-sighted

Posted 7/15/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

What is equal is not always best. In fact, sometimes it is the worst approach.



Our view: An apology

Posted 7/13/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In Sunday's edition, we apologized for the editorial cartoon which appeared in Friday's edition.



Our View: Hickman must go

Posted 7/8/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent in July 2014, the job came with a $175,000 salary and benefits. Lots of benefits.



Our View: Colom's decision to hand case to AG's office was right choice

Posted 7/7/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

When District Attorney Scott Colom crossed the lawn in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse Wednesday morning and stood before a podium to announce how his office planned to proceed with the Ricky Ball case, there were as many media present as there were spectators.



Our view: School board budget hearing reveals leadership deficit

Posted 7/2/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District's budget hearing Thursday evening was dispiriting.



Our View: Apathy is the enemy in our school-funding crisis

Posted 7/1/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Joe Max Higgins surveyed the audience that had gathered at the Nissan Auditorium on the MUW campus. He was not happy with the turnout of about 50 or so Golden Triangle Development LINK Trust and Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce members who had come to the event.



Our View: Summitt's legacy is her impact on the game, lives

Posted 6/29/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

During his speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer stressed the importance of not just developing talent, but people.



Our View: Columbus schools must justify tax increase in face of alternate plan

Posted 6/28/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Earlier this month Columbus Municipal School District officials presented a preliminary request for an additional $1.4 million to Lowndes Tax Assessor Greg Andrews. Funded solely by the taxpayers of Columbus, it would have represented the largest school tax increase in recent memory.



Our View: Breaking old stereotypes

Posted 6/24/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Boys are better than girls in math. It is a belief that has been perpetrated for generations and has become, for far too many of our girls, a self-fulfilling prophecy.



Our View: CMSD must tighten belt on its budget request

Posted 6/22/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Although the Columbus Municipal School District stresses it has not finalized its budget request for the 2017 school year, it seems certain the district will be requesting a significant increase in funding.



Our View: Kids Count? In Mississippi, not so much

Posted 6/21/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

Each year, the Ann E. Casey Foundation releases its exhaustive study of the well-being of America's children called Kids Count.



Our View: Finding common ground

Posted 6/17/2016 in Dispatch Editorials

In the early morning hours Saturday, as America learned of the horrific slaughter of 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we waited to hear the word we would run with, the word that confirmed our biases and advanced our narrative.



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