Editorials


Speedy hearings

New rules for handling criminal cases will hopefully end the too-common practice in Mississippi of holding accused offenders indefinitely behind bars with no court action.



Wicker defeat unlikely

The defeat of an incumbent U.S. Senator in Alabama is encouraging Tea Party conservative Chris McDaniel to consider taking another stab at pulling the improbable in Mississippi — unseating a longtime congressional incumbent.


Chasing jobs

Editorials and columns on this page have questioned the wisdom of multi-million-dollar giveaways to large companies — Nissan, Toyota, Continental Tire — who promise to bring bunches of manufacturing jobs to Mississippi.



Learning from the past

Did Mississippi’s Gulf Coast get lucky recently, or was it structurally better prepared to withstand hurricanes than the last time one hit?

It was probably both.

Hurricane Nate was nowhere nearly as powerful as Katrina, which leveled the Coast in 2005 and still may claim the title as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.


Medicaid irony

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is apparently thinking about pursuing a work requirement for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Yet the Republican had the chance to extend Medicaid to the working poor and rejected it.

How would he square this irony?



Tax internet sales

People who own stores in Mississippi, drive on roads, send their children to public school or use any other state service will benefit from a recent Mississippi Department of Revenue decision.


Better late than never

A couple of weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson said he wasn’t going to judge his criminally troubled chief of staff until the latter had his latest day in court.

Last week, he fired I. Lanier Avant.



Another startup failure

Mississippi could be holding the bag for yet another “green-energy” startup that is fizzling out.

Last week, solar panel maker Stion announced that, due to its inability to compete effectively against imports, it would have to close its plant in Hattiesburg, laying off 137 employees.


Much work to be done

When the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual report on how U.S. children are faring was released las week, much of the focus in Mississippi was on the lingering disparities between black and white kids.

For most every income, educational and health indicator, there remain large gaps between black children and white children.


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