One of the best “Letters to the Editor” about the very controversial issue of changing the state flag appeared in Tuesday’s Clarion-Ledger and was written by Bill Harvey of Jackson. The letter was headlined, “Clarion-Ledger seems obsessed with changing the state flag.” I certainly agree with the writer on that point. While I know anyone in favor of changing the state flag or opposing the change will not be swayed by anything Harvey or I write, I would suggest you read Harvey’s letter. I very much agree with his comments. There is another point I would like to make. Because of the Clarion-Ledger’s constant advocacy in favor of a new state flag and the newspaper’s endless drum-beating on this issue, I feel it has only increased the racial divide in our state.
Another liberal jumps on board with Hosemann’s election reforms
In my most recent commentary of March 9, I questioned if Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s election reform legislation should be supported by conservatives if it were endorsed by the very liberal American Civil Liberties Union and left-wing MSU professor Dr. Marty Wiseman. Alice Skelton quickly responded with the following on her Facebook page: “Maybe good policies are neither Republican or Democrat. Hosemann is proving to be a good public servant to ALL MISSISSIPPIANS. Signed a proud liberal Democrat.” It should be noted Ms. Skelton is a former executive director of the Mississippi Democrat Party. I met her in Washington, D.C. many years ago through a mutual friend of both of us. She is a very nice lady but also very liberal in her political views, as she noted in her
Facebook post. However, Hosemann’s reforms did receive an endorsement from someone not swinging from the left side – veteran columnist and MSU employee Sid Salter. However, in Salter’s column last Sunday endorsing Hosemann’s so-called reforms, he cited the National Conference of State Legislatures support of early voting. Of several national organization for state legislators, there is no question that NCSL has a liberal slant. Salter also endorsed Hosemann’s proposal to move Mississippi’s presidential primary from the second Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday, or Super Tuesday. Super Tuesday is also called the SEC (Southeastern Conference) primary because of the states that are involved. Salter wrote the change of dates would “increase the state’s relevance in presidential campaigns.” Very valid arguments can also be made against that point. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Bill Clinton, on behalf of his wife, made campaign stops in Mississippi. I don’t think we’d see a significant increase in attention Mississippi would receive if our voting moved to Super Tuesday. Mississippi will have only 40 delegates at the GOP national convention and presidential candidates will still give most of their attention to states with much larger delegate numbers that vote on Super Tuesday. My personal sentiments are much closer to those of political operative and writer Brian Perry. In a recent column Perry said in some Super Tuesday states, early voting made some ballots irrelevant. He cited Tennessee where 162,520 ballots were cast before Jeb Bush exited the race. Bush was also still in the race when Texas, home of his brother and father, began early voting. As noted by Perry, in our justice system juries don’t render a verdict before closing arguments. Perry makes many other excellent points in his column and I suggest you read the online edition of The Madison County Herald.
New Ole Miss Chancellor makes very reasonable proposal but of course, the Ole Miss NAACP chapter objects
New Ole Miss Chancellor Jeff Vitter issued a statement last Friday regarding the wording of a new plaque for the Confederate Monument that for many years has occupied a very prominent spot on the school’s campus. The statue was dedicated in 1906 by the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. I think the wording on the new plague was very reasonable. The campus NAACP chapter says the plague would not meet the test of diversity because slavery is not mentioned. The statement from the NAACP said the plaque would “not accurately acknowledge the true history of the Confederacy.” As I have commented before on the issue of the state flag and removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans, when will it ever end?