Editorials

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.

Vertical farming

Bloomberg Businessweek magazine just came out with its “Sooner Than You Think” issue, referring to important or interesting things it believes will happen in the next few years or decades. One prediction is the boom in “vertical farming.”

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The 2017 Jackson Prep girls cross country team includes members (from left, back) Coach Daniel Burnett, Havens Smith, Abby Allen, Maggie Muenzenmay, Eleanor Baker, Emmison Geiger, Elizabeth Speed,