Editorials

Prison overcapacity

As Mississippi tries to hold the line on corrections costs, some of the officials running the state’s regional prisons aren’t happy. They are complaining about the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ plan to only send each of them the 200 state inmates that MDOC is contractually obligated to house there.




Report corruption

Insurance broker Guy “Butch” Evans is facing up to five years in prison, a $100,000 fine and an unspecified amount of restitution after pleading guilty last week to paying kickbacks of less than $20,000 to Chris Epps.


Good times coming slow

A recent measurement of Mississippi’s economy is generally positive, but it also shows how statistics can be misleading or even wrong.

The website RichStatesPoorStates.org this week ranked each state based on “a forward looking forecast based on the state’s standing in 15 important state policy variables.”



Promising early education program

If Mississippi is going to make significant inroads into raising the educational attainment of its citizens, the most effective way to do that is to start early.

Brain research and academic studies have shown that if children fall behind during the first couple years of schooling, the chance of them ever catching up is slim.


Positive decline in opioids

The intense focus in the news media, in the medical community and in both state and federal governments to America’s opioid epidemic may be getting the message across.

New data out last week shows that the number of prescriptions filled for opioid painkillers fell by nine percent nationwide, their biggest decline in 25 years.



Reflections on racial progress

On the recent 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America naturally reflects on how much progress it has made in race relations and racial justice in the interim.

There are those who look at the glass as half-empty, and with plenty of justification.


Overtesting?

Are Mississippi’s public school students overtested? Yes, but not in the way most educators who make that claim say.

The problem is not the standardized tests that the state requires the schools to administer every spring, starting in the third grade.



Do no harm

It wasn’t a do-nothing session for the Mississippi Legislature, but it was close. The two major items legislative leaders planned to address when they arrived in Jackson in January are, three months later, still unresolved.


Good move on zoo’s move

The Jackson Zoo appears to be listening to its constituents ... and reading our paper.

Months after the Northside Sun advocated for relocating the zoo to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, zoo leaders are now moving in that direction.


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