Editorials




Prison death

Fifteen deaths of Mississippi inmates in one month is normal? That’s what this state’s corrections commissioner, Pelicia Hall, claims.


Special session swindle

All state legislature had to do was adjust the fuel tax for inflation. The 18.4 cents per gallon tax has remained the same for over 30 years while the cost to maintain roads has increased, naturally, with the inflation rate. This is not rocket science.



Opioid idea

Of the 11 states with the highest rates of drug-overdose deaths, five of them are in New England. So it is no surprise that one of those Northeastern states has committed extra money to an opioid treatment that appears to be saving a few lives.


Felony job applicants

It is a worthwhile goal to put ex-felons to work, so as to reduce the chance that they will resort again to crime.

The pursuit of this goal, however, should not be used to hamstring an employer’s legitimate need to know pertinent information about job applicants, including whether they have been convicted of felonies in the past.




Zoo blues

For months, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has argued that leadership, not location, has been behind the decline of the Jackson Zoological Park.

After news broke that former zoo head Beth Poff had misused nearly $350,000 in state bond money to keep the park afloat, it appears he may be partially right.



Republican mistakes

Over the past four years, there are two subjects that we have opined about more than perhaps any others: the failure to address Mississippi’s deteriorating roads and bridges, and the failure to expand Medicaid.


Gerrymandering lawsuit

A federal lawsuit that seeks to have a Mississippi Senate district’s boundaries changed before the 2019 elections probably deserves to be rejected. But the case brings up a question about voting that has vexed the country for more than 50 years.


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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seniors on the 2018-19 boys cross country team are (from left) Bain McHale, Clay Morris, Luis Flores, Tucker Shelson, James Xu, and Grant Morgan.