Sound Off

Sound Off for Jan. 23

We're No. 1

Finally, Mississippi is No. 1 in a ranking among states: Mississippians pay the lowest state and local taxes per capita in the nation. All you rankaphiles, put that in your pipe.

Hit to the coffers

I see where the governor has to slice the state budget and dip into the rainy day fund to make ends meet. I call it robbing Peter to pay Paul. It just goes to show you that the state flag is definitely a non-welcome mat, and people are spending their money elsewhere.

Surprising reaction

Palazzo put together an article for the newspaper to explain information that was printed in an editorial. That did not cost the taxpayers a bunch of money. I am amazed that there are so many of the recent Sound Offs trashing Palazzo and other Republicans on a predominately conservative Gulf Coast.

Could be worse

I can think of two candidates worse than Donald Trump: Bernie Sanders (socialist progressive) or Hillary Clinton (heir to Obama).

Tax casinos more

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is making a 1.5 percent budget cut for many Mississippi government workers. Then I read in the Sun Herald that Coast casinos have taken in $1.14 billion for 2015. Why doesn't the State of Mississippi tax the casinos more?

Confederacy of dunces

Watching the 2016 presidential campaign, I'm reminded of this quote from Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." I don't know how many geniuses might be in the race, but, the dunces abound.

Not breaking the law

To "Get out of the way": Additional traffic lanes are added, as the need arises, to accommodate additional vehicle volume on the roads. At certain times, it is impossible for everyone to drive in the right lane, so I drive in the left lane when the right lane is full. If I am I the left lane, I will be driving the speed limit, traffic permitting. If you wish to drive 10 to 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, that is your problem. Since all posted traffic signs (yield, stop, speed limit, move over for slower traffic, etc.) indicate local requirements under the law, the "slower traffic move right" rule applies only up to the posted speed limit. You cannot invoke one law in order to break another.

Knows what he's doing

Ever hear the term, "Crazy like a fox"? That's Donald Trump. Go, Donald, go.