Opinion

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.



Slow boat to china

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

“It’s been a long day, but we covered what we wanted to see in Taipei, Taiwan,” said Edrie Royals, my roommate for the cruise as she and I climbed aboard Tour Bus 23. I sat back and buckled my seat belt as the bus growled, shifted gears, and pulled out into traffic.

It had been a good day.





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.


One wag’s opinion

By RICK CLEVELAND,

One wag’s opinion on a number of subjects:

• Not to belittle Mississippi State’s monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.


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The St. Joseph Catholic School girls swim team won the state championship recently at the state championship swim meet held at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. The St.