Editorials

Editorials

Why you should have your voice heard on BP, Kemper

The first of three town halls on the BP economic-damages money scheduled by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will be Thursday in Gulfport. The more people who show up, the louder the message we’ll send to the lawmakers in Jackson. And that message should be: Spend the money on the Mississippi Coast.

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Foster care in Hancock County bears watching

The Hancock County Youth Court and Child Protective Services are working better, a judge and a referee told supervisors this week. Supervisors seemed a bit skeptical and we don’t blame them. There is still much we don’t know about what’s going on there.

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A chance to break out of poverty

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is one of 44 schools in the nation to offer Pell Grants to high school students. Many low-income students can’t afford the price of college courses some of their peers are taking. And that could keep them mired in poverty.

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Time to try new ways to boost state economy

Gov. Phil Bryant just corrected another multimillion-dollar accounting error. State officials had hoped an upturn in the state’s economy would offset the $56.8 million error. But tax revenue remains languid, so Bryant cut most state agency budgets. Now he needs to consider new ways to jump start the economy.

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Coast students suffer for Jackson’s mistakes

Thirteen school districts on the Coast were supposed to receive $650,000 in 21st Century grants funneled through the Mississippi Department of Education. But that agency dropped the ball, awarding new grants it couldn’t pay for. Now, the after-school programs operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs on the Coast are paying the price.

Editorials

Police should be treated the same as everyone else

Moss Point and Pascagoula police should not have tried to keep the public from knowing about the traffic stop involving Moss Point Chief Art McClung. Moss Point police should not try to prevent the Sun Herald from doing its job. Those are two things that undermine the public’s trust in law enforcement.

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Lawmakers can and should bring Mississippi foster care out of dark

We know there are serious flaws in the system meant to protect Mississippi’s children. The relatively new Child Protective Services is a step in the right direction. But there remains a veil of secrecy over CPS, youth courts and parental-rights hearings. State Rep. Richard Bennett and state Sen. Sean Tindell say they’re committed to lifting that veil, an effort we are solidly behind.

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A ‘yes’ vote is a vote for Pascagoula’s future

Pascagoula voters will cast ballots Tuesday on a 2 percent tax on prepared food. The tax would raise much-needed money for bike paths, ball fields, soccer fields and the skate park. We, along with businesspeople such as Scranton’s Restaurant owner Richard Chenoweth, urge Pascagoula voters to support this tax, which would fall largely on out-of-town visitors.

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We mourn Biloxi’s Jerry O’Keefe, admire his life

Jerry O’Keefe of Biloxi died Tuesday. While we mourn the World War II hero, former owner of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes and civic leader, we also celebrate his life. From the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art to the Vieux Marche to his family, O’Keefe left quite a legacy.

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Foster children deserve better care

The Sun Herald’s Fostering Secrets series exposed serious shortcomings in Mississippi’s foster care program. The Department of Child Protective Services must clean up its act. And Mississippi’s Legislature must help them.

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Mississippi should save lives with a tax increase

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network once again finds Mississippi lagging behind in the U.S. in the fight against cancer. One of the main culprits is smoking. One of the easiest ways to cut the number of smokers is for the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant to raise the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Both taxes are significantly below the national average, the ACS says, and if increased, would cause smokers to quit.

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