Editorials

Editorials

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.

Editorials

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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Gunslinger Favre earned his trip to NFL Hall

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.

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Candidates should talk about economy

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.

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We look forward to Fun Time in Gulfport

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.

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Communities, youth could use lawmaker’s attention, too

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.

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Your air conditioner is making the heat wave worse

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.

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How tougher tests will help students in long run

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.

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OLA, Hancock come together to support coach battling breast cancer

Our Lady Academy and Hancock High came together Wednesday night to support coach Breanna Halley, a 25-year-old, newlywed who is currently battling cancer.
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OLA, Hancock come together to support coach battling breast cancer

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Sun Herald provides live high school football coverage every Friday night

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Gulfport investigates arson at home fire on Bridge Street