CLEVELAND — At face value, it’s still a day of Matlock meets Betty Crocker at a lawn party fish fry. Southern tradition — real and imagined, it seems — still hangs in the air on the campus of Delta State University as thick as the humidity.
STARKVILLE — On many levels, I cringe right along with a lot of my fellow Mississippians when I read stories in the national media about how poor, unhealthy, backward, ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic that we all allegedly are here in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order last week that in one stroke of the pen restored the suffrage of 206,000 convicted felons in a state that’s expected to be a key swing state in the 2016 presidential election.
Mississippi, like the rest of the country, has been engaged in debates of important, complex, and nuanced matters involving how our local, state and federal governments attempt – or don’t attempt – to protect us. The topics are weighty and serious.
For old-school newspaper opinion/editorial writers, Twitter has always seemed anathema to what we tried to spend our careers doing — challenging people to talk and think about the important public policy debates that confronted us as citizens.
Early this year, I praised Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s package of significant election reform proposals. At inception, those reform offerings were worthy of praise and passage.
But the legislative process had ground those proposals down.
The legislative rationale behind Senate Bill 2237 presumes falsely that the business of taking an inmate’s life as punishment for a capital crime should be easy, quiet, free from confrontation or protest, and hidden as much as possible from public view or scrutiny.