Editorials

Measles

Need any more proof that Mississippi did the right thing by being strict on requiring childhood vaccinations?


Gerrymandering

As an increasing number of lower courts rule against election lines drawn for partisan purposes, the situation begs for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance as to what’s legal and what’s not.



Rising suicide rates

America’s rising suicide rate, up 35 percent since 2000, deserves more attention than it’s been getting. A recent report in The Washington Post suggests that pursuing policies that help the working class might help.


Fed Kemper payback

Just when you thought it was safe to forget about the Kemper “clean coal” fiasco, the mess has resurfaced with the revelation that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the miserably failed experiment.




Infrastructure pipe dreams

One sentence recently from The Associated Press perfectly explains everything that’s wrong with Washington:

“President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package — but put off for later the difficult question of how to pay for it.”



Third grade gate arrives

Mississippi education officials are predicting that, even with the state’s intense focus on improving reading skills in the lower elementary grades, about 20 percent of third-graders will receive a failing score on the proficiency test they recently took.




Mission breach

One of the mantras of conservatives has been that federal aid should be given to the states in block grants, since they know better than the feds how to tackle the problems the money is supposed to address.



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Breaking News

Recent bill could be contributing to increase in vagrancy

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Obituaries

Betty Fischer Blackwood died peacefully at Hospice Ministries May 19. Betty was born July 24,... READ MORE


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Aaron Pelch, interim athletic director and head football coach at Millsaps College, has been formally named as athletic director. Pelch will continue to serve as head football coach.