Editorials

Transparency needed for reform

Incoming Gov. Tate Reeves has apparently decided to change the direction of several state agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).

Among the handful of agency heads to announce their departure in recent days is Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall.


Inauguration secrecy

Haven’t gotten your tickets yet to the Tate Reeves inauguration? Don’t sweat it.

A quarter-million dollars will still entitle you to the following:

– Two seats to the Jan. 13 inaugural dinner.




He saved lives

A great American died recently, one whom most of us have never heard of but whose work may have saved our lives or the lives of those near to us.

Dr. John B. Robbins developed a vaccine against Hib meningitis that some estimate has saved 7 million lives since it was licensed in 1989, according to an obituary in the New York Times.



An A+ test result

There are too many tests. The tests aren’t a fair gauge of students, their teachers or their schools. The tests are racially biased. Some children just don’t test well.

Those complaints and excuses — and others — are commonplace whenever test scores come out that show the state or individual schools and districts doing poorly.




More proposed state budget cuts

A number of prominent Republican candidates, including incoming Gov. Tate Reeves and incoming Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, spent this year’s election cycle talking about ambitious plans for raising teacher pay, to name one issue that will require an investment of more tax dollars.




The high cost of freedom

Honduran authorities say a television journalist was shot to death November 25 shortly after leaving his station. Security spokesman Jair Meza Barahona says that José Arita was killed after leaving Channel 12 in the north coast city of Puerto Cortes.



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