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Our View: What is wrong with studying mass shootings?

Posted 5/23/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine there was a disease that cost the lives of 35,000 Americans each year.



Our View: It's time for the public to embrace the possibilities for CMSD

Posted 5/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon have a new superintendent of schools, its fourth since 2012.



Our View: Driving the mayor is not an appropriate use of overtime

Posted 5/15/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past 80 years, overtime pay has been a standard practice in the workplace.



Our View: The hope of Sandfield

Posted 5/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

When you speak to people who grew up in what is known as the Sandfield Community 40, 50 years ago, the portrait they paint of the historic black community on the city's south side stands in stark contrast to what it has become in recent years.



Our View: Jobs for felons can help build community strength

Posted 5/9/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Lowndes Community Foundation and the CREATE Foundation released a report on the information it gathered from a community meeting focused on the future of the county in March.



Our View: A chance to remember one of Columbus' most significant events

Posted 5/8/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Over its almost 200-year history, the city of Columbus has had many days to celebrate.



Our View: Come out for a weekend of Market Street

Posted 5/4/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The first Saturday in May is always the busiest day of the year in downtown Columbus. That will be no exception this year, as the 23rd annual Market Street Festival brings hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors to our downtown.



Our View: Celebrating scholars

Posted 5/2/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: County decisions show hope for city-county relations

Posted 5/1/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

During Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, there were two items on the agenda that seemed sure to widen the gulf that has seemed to separate Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.



Our View: Programs show hope for inspiration

Posted 4/26/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In recent years, it has been argued that too much emphasis has been placed on standardized tests and college-track education, to the detriment of arts and vocational programs.



Our View: No relief in sight for road/bridge crisis

Posted 4/25/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For the past three years, the Mississippi Legislature has been warned about the deteriorating conditions of our state's roads and bridges. For the past three years, nothing has been done.



Our View: Restaurant tax compromise may save CVB funding but exposes serious flaw in Smith's reasoning

Posted 4/24/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors board meeting, Harry Sanders posed a question to Rep. Jeff Smith.



Our View: Story of Tuskegee Airmen is something all kids can learn from

Posted 4/19/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, the Lowndes County School District and Columbus Municipal School District paid a combined $4,000 to bring the RISE ABOVE Red Tails program to its middle-schoolers.



Our View: Sales tax laws put local businesses at disadvantage

Posted 4/18/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Imagine you opened a small business.



Our View: Summer work program worthy of public support

Posted 4/17/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippians have long understood the importance of a strong work ethic and believe that, like all skills, it is something that can and should be taught at an early age.



Possumhaw: New every morning

Posted 4/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

Spring comes every year, and yet it's new every morning. Sam left before dawn, headed to the fishing hole. With fishing it's important to be first to the hole. I roused slightly, saying our goodbyes, then dozed off again until I heard the birds singing.



Roses and thorns: 4/15/18

Posted 4/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials



Our View: Poll: Mississippians open to tax hike for roads/bridges and schools

Posted 4/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

The idea of raising taxes is popular nowhere. Rare is the politician who even hints at such a thing on the campaign trail.



Our View: Like other projects, new restaurant tax would be best as joint effort

Posted 4/11/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

In the aftermath of the failed effort to extend Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax, the question that is most prominent now is, "Now, what?"



Our View: Time to let the smoke out of the room on restaurant tax

Posted 4/5/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

It's been 10 days since we learned that the effort to extend the county's 2-percent restaurant tax had died in the legislature.



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