JACKSON — Think about your greatest strength. It is also your greatest weakness. Like two sides of a coin, your greatest asset is simultaneously your greatest liability.
Editor’s note: Gov. Tate Reeves delivered the following remarks during Tuesday afternoon’s signing ceremony for House Bill 1796, which retires the current Mississippi state flag and creates a commission to design a new one that will be voted on in November.
Things are beginning to go back to normal as businesses begin to reopen and people start going back to normal life.
In 2001, we the people of Mississippi voted by a 2-1 margin to keep the flag of 1894. In 2020, the lawbreakers in Jackson voted to do away with it.
The Mississippi Legislature moved with impressive speed this past weekend to change the state flag. But the hard part — the work to bring more unity to the state and especially finding ways to significantly improve the state — is going to take years and possibly decades.
It’s a strange time for America. Perhaps a wake-up call is in the works for those paying attention.
In some cities and states we are seeing two opposing governing extremes from duly elected local and state officials.
Editor's note: This editorial obviously was written and set for publication prior to the release of the FBI's findings on the NASCAR "noose." A follow-up opinion piece from the same writer is listed elsewhere here under the headline, "The noose that wasn