Editorials

Mississippi Cares

The Mississippi Hospital Association has made public a plan it’s been privately pushing, with no luck, to Gov. Phil Bryant to expand Medicaid to the working poor.


Unita Blackwell

Unita Blackwell’s life story was a remarkable one that led others to join her in taking risks to extend the fundamental rights of a democracy to Mississippi’s black citizens.



Bad hire

Holmes County school officials would not have known three years ago when they hired Dyana Terrelle Thomas that he would get locked up for allegedly having sex with a student of the high school where he has been the assistant principal.


Measles

Need any more proof that Mississippi did the right thing by being strict on requiring childhood vaccinations?



Gerrymandering

As an increasing number of lower courts rule against election lines drawn for partisan purposes, the situation begs for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance as to what’s legal and what’s not.


Rising suicide rates

America’s rising suicide rate, up 35 percent since 2000, deserves more attention than it’s been getting. A recent report in The Washington Post suggests that pursuing policies that help the working class might help.



Fed Kemper payback

Just when you thought it was safe to forget about the Kemper “clean coal” fiasco, the mess has resurfaced with the revelation that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the miserably failed experiment.




Infrastructure pipe dreams

One sentence recently from The Associated Press perfectly explains everything that’s wrong with Washington:

“President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package — but put off for later the difficult question of how to pay for it.”


Third grade gate arrives

Mississippi education officials are predicting that, even with the state’s intense focus on improving reading skills in the lower elementary grades, about 20 percent of third-graders will receive a failing score on the proficiency test they recently took.


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1. She took her first ceramics class at seven years old at Pickenpaugh Pottery. 2. She and her father got their black belts in Tae Kwon Do together.