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.
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.
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.
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 New Orleans Saints have always been the Coast’s team. And Saints fans of all ages will be able to get up close and personal with some of the Saints legends Saturday at MGM Park in Biloxi. It’s a great way for the Saints to show their appreciation for our support.
When my daughter graduated from high school a couple of years ago, all full of confidence and poise, Mrs. Harper, a much-loved kindergarten teacher who helped imbue her with those qualities, was there. She brought with her a collage of photos of our once-quiet little girl, printed on a copy of some lines excerpted from Robert Fulghum’s little book of essays, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
The FBI was right to recommend that no criminal charges be filed against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State. But she still needs a cure for the reckless arrogance she displayed, an attitude that could produce more disasters if she reaches the White House.
We keep hearing rumors that the state will use BP money to patch its budget. We remind our officials of the promises they’ve made to South Mississippi. The BP money should be used where the economy was damaged — on the Coast.
The Moss Point School District needs all the help it can get to raise expectations within the ailing district. While the state expects it to improve, there's little help where it's needed most - in the pocketbook.
State funding an issue with pre-K instruction
Coast man brings fitness to your front door
Motorcycle club delivers backpacks stuffed with school supplies
Moss Point prepares new teachers for upcoming school year