Good for goose, but not for gander
Mississippi lawmakers get hopping mad when Washington tries to tell the state what it can or can’t do. But, they’ve been plenty willing this session to make the state government exert similar control over local government.
Section 5 should remain in voting law
By The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger:
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that seeks to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
BP should pay harshest penalties possible
By The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune:
BP’s general counsel said recently that he’s confident that the company will escape the harshest level of civil penalties for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not surprising that he would argue against the notion that the oil giant was grossly negligent for the spill, which poured 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. The company hopes to keep its liability from being quadrupled under the Clean Water Act, which is what a finding of gross negligence would trigger. The difference is huge: $4.5 billion for simple negligence or more than $17 billion for gross negligence.
No tornado deaths in Hattiesburg a miracle
By The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger:
Yes, miracles do happen.
And no place is more indicative of that at the moment than Hattiesburg, where an EF4 tornado ripped through the city and surrounding community late Feb. 10.
Mullins helped ‘educate’ a state
Over the past three decades in Mississippi, few people have matched Andy Mullins’ expertise in education policies and practices.
Mullins, 65, will retire June 30 from most of his responsibilities at the University of Mississippi, where he’s chief of staff to the chancellor, associate professor of education and liaison to the Legislature. He will continue working part-time with the Mississippi Teacher Corps, which trains college graduates to work as educators in some of the most impoverished school districts in one of the impoverished states in the nation.
Thankfully, nullification legislation is dead, for now
By The (McComb) Enterprise-Journal:
One of the dumbest ideas in a while to come down the pike of the Mississippi Legislature — a frequent source of dumb ideas — has thankfully been shelved. A House committee chairman wisely used the pocket veto to kill a proposal to create a legislative mechanism to defy the federal government’s authority.
Choose life, choose a family
By Kathryn Jean Lopez/Syndicated columnist
On the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, I felt a chill, and it wasn’t the bitter cold. After Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, some 500 or so New Yorkers walked through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, in front of God, man and Grand Central Station, praying for life, love and mercy. Our prayers were not in judgment of others but that humanity may do better: that women and men may see better options than abortion and that God may forgive us for letting anyone think that she is alone and has no other choice than the death of her child.
Hundreds of bills die during session
Hundreds of bills don’t survive a session of the Mississippi Legislature.
Some are filed by multiple lawmakers when only one bill is needed. Some Senate bills are duplicates of House bills and vice versa. Some are silly. Some need more study. Some make no sense. Others originated in coffee shop discussions as something the Legislature should do — but really shouldn’t.
DNA testing needed to ID dads in teen pregnancy
By The (Tupelo) Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:
The Mississippi House passed a bill that would require identifying by blood/DNA verification the identities of men who impregnate underage girls, with the goal of prosecuting them at least for statutory rape.
Middle ground is proper place for gun talks
By The (Alexandria, La.) Town Talk:
While those on the polar extremes of “the gun issue” continue to suck the air out of the room with their blathering, it’s worth noting this:
On Jan. 31, an armed guard — a resource officer, like the ones who are deployed in Rapides Parish — took the gun away from a 14-year-old student who had opened fire at his school in downtown Atlanta, Ga.
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