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.
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.
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.
A homeless man passed on a chance to rip off a convenience store. Others, including people with good jobs and nice cars, didn’t resist such temptation. Jesse Harris Jr. left that store with his integrity. Others likely will leave court with a record.
The next month and a half period will be most likely to produce a hurricane aimed at South Mississippi. Get ready and stock up now while it’s calm. You don’t want to have to make your family safe under the gun.
Brett Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Because the Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks, we take some pride in his accomplishment and welcome the attention his induction will bring. And we congratulate the Hancock County native on a great career.
A new school year begins Thursday across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. That means there will be kids everywhere, so watch over them and think of ways you can help make sure they are more successful in school.
The voter backlash evident in the primaries is the product of an economy that has left them behind. White men and blacks in general saw their incomes slide since 2000. Only the elites made off with the cash.
The Gulfport City Council finally approved Fun Time USA. It’s the sort of kid-friendly attraction that the city and Coast need with the developers promising an economical way to spend several hours in a spot that’s handy to visitors.
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.
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.
Mississippi students are taking some of the toughest tests ever in the state, which could make test scores drop temporarily but will raise them in the long run. Schools are no longer in the Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium. They took the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) test this year.