Reforming taxes and budgeting are noble causes, but the legislative working group should add poverty to its to-do list. “The Iron Circle of Poverty” drags communities down. It can’t be solved with standalone programs. A comprehensive approach incorporating many programs would work better.
Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson had a remarkable message on Facebook in July about police shootings. He wanted to offer hugs and prayers to anyone who needed them. As hatred and violence was rising, he reached out with a positive message. Days later, he was shot to death by a hate-filled killer.
Many of us went to sleep late Thursday with the latest images of the far-away horror of terrrorism; screaming, shooting, death. And many of us awoke Friday with that awful back story to a most common and mundane and wonderful of American photos.
Check out the back of a $1 bill for an image of a bald eagle. For much of recent American history, it was difficult to spot the bald eagle where we craved to see it most — in nature. Today, bald eagles still enjoy protections under multiple federal laws, and thankfully that has changed.
From absence of fathers to bad educational opportunities, blacks face many challenges to a good life. We can start to turn this around by not accepting the grossly disrespectful behavior seen today among many black youngsters, using foul language and racial epithets.
First, do not commit a crime, but if you are confronted by a police officer, follow some simple rules: Listen carefully and obey, keep your hands in plain site at all times, do not run or resist, do not talk unless the officer asks you to and do not tell them what to do or how to do it.
The street’s insistence on guilt simply promotes unwarranted cynicism about our justice system and those who serve it. If angry people want to do something, they should get a law passed, but we should not allow angry voices from the street — or from Congress — to determine who is legally guilty and what the punishment should be.
Technology is great and entertaining. But some people just can’t handle it. Cemeteries, memorials, any sacred place should be off-limits for Pokémon Go. And watch where you’re taking those selfies, too.
The heat wave that barbecued the Midwest this past week is pressure-cooking the East Coast this weekend. With temperatures and humidity indexes hitting triple digits, city dwellers have no choice but to keep thermostat settings low and energy consumption high. But we need air conditioning because we use air conditioning, and that circular logic is getting worse as global temperatures rise.
Sun Herald photographer John Fitzhugh compiled images of Hancock County taken before Hurricane Katrina and immediately after the storm ravaged South Mississippi in August 2005. 10 years later, Fitzhugh went to the same places and photographed it again. This is what he found.
Hurricane Katrina: Before, After & Now -- Hancock County
Hurricane Katrina: Before, After & Now -- Gulfport
Jackson County rallies around Marjorie Williams
Southern Miss fans meet their Golden Eagle football team