Editorials

Tea Party challenges

The recent Republican primary result in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama is encouraging tea party conservative Chris McDaniel to consider taking another stab at pulling the improbable in Mississippi — unseating a longtime congressional incumbent.


Trial fiasco

The conclusion of the sensational murder trial in Batesville of Quinton Tellis, the man accused of setting 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire, will go down in the annals of Mississippi criminal justice lore as one of the most peculiar.



A bandaid plan

Mississippi’s roads and bridges are in bad shape and getting worse. The state needs $375 million to $400 million a year extra to try to deal with this problem. The tax on fuel, which has historically paid for such repairs, hasn’t been raised in three decades, even while the cost of making these repairs has tripled.


Facebook profiteering

Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, have been slow to accept responsibility for how Russian operatives manipulated the social media network to try to influence last year’s presidential election.



A new PSC

In what should be a great relief to the citizens in this state, the Mississippi Public Service Commission is shedding its reputation as a lapdog to the monopoly utilities it regulates.







PEER pressure

During Carey Wright’s four-year tenure as the state’s public education chief, there have been regular concerns about the hiring and spending practices at the Mississippi Department of Education.


Failing the bar

The apocryphal story of a single lawyer in town almost starving until a second one arrived to put in play the adversarial system in which attorneys thrive is no doubt a stretch.

But even if it contains a smidgen of truth, there’s hardly a hamlet in Mississippi where at least two lawyers are not within easy reach.


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A special Commissioning Service was held for St. Richard Catholic School sixth grade students in honor of the leadership they will provide  this school year.