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City attorney responds to county demands, accusations

There are always two sides to every story. This is the City's side to a recent demand letter from Lowndes County over recreation assets, including money, and to the July 13 Commercial Dispatch article. In sum, Lowndes County holds more than $111,000 worth of City-owned recreation equipment following the split of the two entities from its recreation partnership. In addition, the expenditures the County labeled as "questionable" were approved in advance by the CLRA Board in its last meeting.



Our View: Moore should accept defeat with eyes three years ahead

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials



Mona Charen: Putin speaks code. Does Trump understand?

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, Trump reportedly instructed Don Jr. to claim that he and the Kremlin-linked lawyer had "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children."



Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats, take note: 'Normal' isn't coming back

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Smack them with their own bat. That was the gist of, "Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair is for Suckers," a provocative jeremiad that Politico ran on Independence Day. In it, writer Rob Goodman argued that, after Republicans have killed all the old political norms -- denying a Supreme Court nominee a hearing, for example -- it's silly for Democrats to go on playing by the rules. Why obey the law in a lawless world?



Our View: Text message emergency system is a wise investment

Posted 7/20/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over the past two decades, weather science has made remarkable strides as new technology has enhanced the ability to predict storms, giving more specific information on when and where storms are likely to hit and gauge the severity of those storms.



Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett



Wyatt Emmerich: Study shows good journalism reduces waste

Posted 7/20/2018 in Local Columns

Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."


Slimantics: Special session could be a Hail Mary pass for restaurant tax

Posted 7/19/2018 in Local Columns

Since March, when the Lowndes County 2-percent restaurant tax was reduced to ashes, local people -- even Jeff Smith, the man most responsible for killing the tax -- pinned their hopes of saving the tax that supports tourism on a special session of the legislature.


Voice of the people: Berry Hinds



Our View: Blood donation is especially important in summer

Posted 7/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It happens every summer.



Patrick Buchanan: Trump and Putin vs. America

Posted 7/18/2018 in National Columns



Leonard Pitts: Spare me your shock at Trump's sellout to Putin

Posted 7/18/2018 in National Columns

After almost two years of unending chaos, the only shocking thing about Donald Trump's disastrous Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is that some people were apparently shocked.



Our View: County's approach to tax office fee hike is petty

Posted 7/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It is no secret that bad blood exists between the governing bodies of Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.



Charlie Mitchell: Hardball Haley ready to deal on immigration

Posted 7/17/2018 in Local Columns

When governor, Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature. He defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor silly who tried to thwart their wishes.



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