Dodging debates

When U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith claimed that her schedule in Washington was just too busy and too fluid to commit to debating her opponents in next month’s special election, it was obviously a lame excuse.

Hyde-Smith has now been caught on tape admitting as much.

Library disaster

Last week, the Sun learned that 34,000 books at the Charles Tisdale Library on Northside Drive have likely been lost due to months of exposure to black mold. The finger pointing is disturbing.

Temptation of cash

We heard from a concerned reader who had to go to the downtown Jackson police station and pay cash to get a copy of a traffic accident report. The police station staff would not accept a credit card or a check. His receipt for the cash he paid was a flimsy printout from a manual calculator.

Screen time

A recent study from the National Institutes of Health underscores what every perceptive parent should already know.

Their kids need more sleep and exercise, and they need less screen time.

Supreme Court takes a hit

The severe divisiveness that has marked American politics ever since the Supreme Court settled the presidential contest in 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore has spilled over to a body whose historical respect and authority have been grounded on the court’s supposed separation from politics.

Hood jumps in

Jim Hood’s long-anticipated announcement recently that he will run for governor in 2019 sets up the first seriously contested race for Mississippi’s top office in a decade and a half.

Solar power is here

The recent announcement of a 652-acre, 100-megawatt solar farm six miles east of Greenwood is good news in many ways. The facility, which can provide enough power for 20,000 homes, will create 350 jobs during construction.

Political procurement


We appreciate anti-Nike sentiment of Marshall Fisher, commissioner of Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), but his attempt to ban Nike products from DPS procurements is dead wrong. It’s not his money.



We are fortunate to attend a small church with a tight-knit congregation. Our children’s committee hosts a baby shower for each expectant family in our church and invites the entire congregation.