Opinions

Millage up 18% in three years

Group discusses remedy to problems at City Hall. An EDITORIAL A few days ago – not long after the newspaper announced the Grenada Mayor/Council’s third straight tax raise in three years – a few Grenada leaders chatted over refreshments. Three items topped the agenda at the table. First to gain attention of the group, was…

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Tax Millage Comparison — Selected Cities

An EDITORIAL Recently, the Grenada City Council voted four to three to raise city property taxes for the third time in three years. The millage went from 57.19 to 61.19. We thought it would be worthwhile to compare the cost of Grenada’s city government to some selected cities across the state. The numbers presented here…

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Four councilmen block city progress

  Batesville (top) is in the process of opening three new or completely remodeled motels. Grenada (Bottom) appears to be going in the opposite direction. Grenada used to be the shining city between Jackson and Memphis. If you were traveling on I-55 today, where would you stop? An Unfortunate City An EDITORIAL Third in a…

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Gulf Coast fun for youngsters

ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III Recently we took the Super Duper Grandson to the coast in a last effort to get in some sun, fun and water before having to hit his fifth grade books. A last shot at a summer trip for him — and maybe even…

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Gulf Coast memories

  ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III Half a hundred Junes ago, the annual ritual for Mississippi newspaper folk was to head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for four or five days away from the noisy, dirty Linotype machines. The same complicated machines Otto Mergenthaler invented in 1886 that used…

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Trying to kill the goose that laid the golden egg

ONE MORE TIME –Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III With any luck, outsiders and dues-hungry union bosses will be able to put a kink in Mississippi’s economic progress and job growth. The United Auto Workers Union, faced with years of declining membership and falling dues revenue, has been campaigning to organize Mississippi’s Nissan…

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Foul customer reduces business

  ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation  — By Joe Lee III Running a successful business is hard these days. Not only does a business owner have to contend with countless federal and state regulations, shoplifters, contentious suppliers, and scores of other daily and weekly challenges — customers can be a problem, too. Last…

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Mississippi No Fly Zone

ONE MORE TIME — Comment and Observation — By Joe Lee III California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky to his “No Fly Zone,” according to AOL News. That apparently means that any state employees flying to those states will not get reimbursed. Mississippi, North Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee,…

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Councilmen spurn progress

An EDITORIAL             Last week the Grenada City Council was scheduled to meet with the Grenada Downtown Innovation District to discuss plans to revitalize Grenada’s deteriorating downtown. Four of the city’s seven councilmen – Fredrieck “Pete” Wilson, Lewis Johnson, The Rev. Ernest Hargrove and Joshua Hughes — did not show up. This is particularly disappointing,…

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Council may boost Retail

An EDITORIAL Dozens of times over the last decade or so Grenadians have complained to representatives of this newspaper about the city council “running off” this new store or “stopping” that new restaurant. Most of the complaints involved prospects with which at least one member of our staff was familiar, and we could safely state…

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