STARKVILLE — The social media hysteria, threats of political retribution, and withering criticism of Mississippi senior U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s vote in favor of a resolution of disapproval for President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 national emergency declaration aside, Wicker’s vote was the right one.
Alex Trebek is best known for hosting the popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” for the past 35 years. But with his announcement this week that he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer, Trebek can do a world of good by becoming the face of a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all cancers.
Earlier this year, President Trump signed into law The First Step Act, a first step toward criminal justice reform. The goal is to reduce the sky-high U.S. incarceration rate, which is five times higher than other developed countries in the world.
Mississippi’s state employees are griping because they again may not get an across-the-board raise. Schoolteachers are griping because the raise they may get is less than they believe is deserved.
One of the main factors, though, holding down their pay is the steadily rising cost of what it takes to provide them with their pensions.