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OUR VIEW: What now, Mississippi?

Change will not happen overnight for Mississippi, as much as we might wish differently.  

By the time our readers see this, the Magnolia State will have elected its new leadership, as will the residents of Lafayette County. National media identified the gubernatorial race as one of the most “hotly contested” in the state’s history; in the nation, even.  

Some Mississippians have acted like the world will end if their party’s candidate wasn’t elected. Others strutted around with a sense of cautious arrogance. Now, waking up on a Wednesday morning with election results everywhere you see, take a look around.  

The sky isn’t falling. The state’s problems aren’t solved. And there’s still heaps of work to be done. 

At the end of the day, it’s up to the constituents to hold the men and women elected to represent them accountable for the promises they made.  

Our education system is still years behind other states. Our teachers are flat broke come payday. Our state’s roads and bridges are held together with industrial-strength bubblegum and toothpicks. The autonomous power of the IHL is still highly questionable. Highway 7 still hasn’t been widened. Crime is increasing rapidly. Children are still going to bed hungry, inadequately clothed as winter approaches. The much-hated millennials, the future of the nation whether we like it or not, are fleeing the state to earn a livable wage.  

Every single candidate for every single office made a promise to address at least one of those issues. Hold them to it. Write letters, attend town halls, call their offices, send emails.  

Mississippi has been stagnant for far too long in so many ways. End that cycle by staying informed, remaining just as active as you were before the election and remembering that, regardless of party affiliation, we’re all part of Mississippi and its future is in our hands. 

Education

University of Mississippi employee and student test positive for COVID-19

News

Lafayette County Woman to celebrate 101st birthday

Events

Peaceful March to take place on Thursday in Oxford

Events

Oxford Film Festival to hold pop up drive-in this summer

Events

Chamber of Commerce cancels LOU 4th of July celebrations

Lafayette County

Supervisors approve park on Weems Elementary site

Business

Baptist Hospital to ‘keep team together’ as hospitals announce layoffs nationwide

Crime

Bond set for accused vandal of Ole Miss Confederate monument

Business

Square Books to reopen doors June 1

News

Boyce: Change means ‘moving the monument away from the center of our campus’

News

Aldermen vote to begin Phase II of Oxford’s recovery plan

Crime

Ole Miss statue vandalism suspect identified

Lafayette County

Peaceful Protest held at City Hall Saturday

Crime

Ole Miss Confederate Statue vandalized

Coronavirus Heroes

Coronavirus Heroes Part 5: Teresa Adams, Leap Frog continue to educate despite challenges

Lafayette County

By the Numbers: Lafayette County unemployment rates increase

Business

The End of All Music finding ways to thrive in a pandemic

Business

Oxford Tuesday Morning not in first round of closures

Lafayette County

Circuit Judge John A. Gregory announces retirement

Crime

Abbeville man arrested after shooting

Lafayette County

MDOT provides update on Highway 6 projects

Events

Conference on the Front Porch announces 2020 lineup

Lafayette County

Lafayette County distributing KN95 masks to public

Lafayette County

Verizon Cell Tower approved by Lafayette County Planning Commission