Editorials

Do as I say not as I do

Here’s a sentence few people expected to read: Sen. Bernie Sanders may be a socialist, but he also is among the top one percent of American wage earners.

Maybe it’s not such a surprise, since Sanders makes $133,000 a year as a senator and he recently published a book that sold quite well.




Where the money is

American folklore has it that when a reporter asked 20th century bank robber Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”

Although Sutton denied coming up with the pithy phrase, its point is well-taken: Put your effort where you are likely to get the biggest result.


Legislative auto drafting

Mississippi legislators don’t personally write most of the legislation to which they put their names.

How could they? With some 3,000 bills introduced each year, that would be an average of about 20 bills per lawmaker. Even those with a law degree would have a hard time drafting that many proposed laws on their own.




St. Paddy’s Day Parade

We wish the rest of the nation could have witnessed the fun and harmony of Jackson’s massive St. Paddy’s Day Parade, which attracted tens of thousands of revelers. It was a peaceful day of fun and the weather was magnificent.



Curtis Flowers case

Those who have some experience in reading the mood of the U.S. Supreme Court came away from the recent hearing on the Curtis Flowers case certain that it’s going to be a slam-dunk reversal of his latest capital murder conviction.


A step backward for transparency

Unless Gov. Phil Bryant exercises his veto power, Mississippi is about to take a huge step backward in letting voters know who is bankrolling whom in elections.

The Legislature has passed a measure, House Bill 1205, that will open the door to political payoffs that will be impossible to ferret out.



At least change the DA

Those who have some experience in reading the mood of the U.S. Supreme Court came away from the recent hearing on the Curtis Flowers case certain that it’s going to be a slam-dunk reversal of his latest capital murder conviction.



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