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.

Paving streets for tourists

Jackson’s one-percent oversight commission’s hopes to repave downtown streets to coincide with the opening of the two Mississippi Museums could be too little too late.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Mississippi History Museum are expected to open December 9, to coincide with the state’s bicentennial.

Overlooking misconduct

Breaking the law or being accused of it is apparently no big deal if you happen to work for U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

The Democratic congressman from Mississippi is standing by his chief of staff, I. Lanier Avant, after Avant was hit with a second round of charges related to his repeated failure to pay federal income taxes.

Tea Party challenges

The recent Republican primary result in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat 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.

Trial fiasco

The conclusion of the sensational murder trial in Batesville of Quinton Tellis, the man accused of setting 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire, will go down in the annals of Mississippi criminal justice lore as one of the most peculiar.

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.


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