Bridge fixes needed now

Mississippi’s statewide infrastructure crisis has hit home in Marion County. The Board of Supervisors faces an astounding 51 wooden-pile bridges that will need to be fixed in the next decade, yet it only figures to get enough funding through its normal local, state and federal programs to repair or replace half that number at best.

Gas tax train missed

For several years, we and others, including members of Mississippi’s Transportation Commission, have been encouraging state lawmakers to significantly raise the fuel tax to pay for maintenance of roads and bridges.

NFL comes calling for Cooke

Millions of young boys dream of professional football glory, but the numbers bear the harsh reality: There are only 32 NFL teams with 53-man rosters. That limits the number of active players at any time to 1,696. That may seem like a lot until you compare it to the roughly 40 million American males in their 20s and 30s.

Register to vote

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming congressional primaries. Many citizens of this country have given their lives, from the American Revolution to the civil rights era, to grant everyone a voice in choosing their leaders. We must all take that responsibility seriously.

House road plan flawed

Legislative leaders on one side of the Mississippi Capitol are at least talking again about raising the state’s fuel tax, in light of this week’s forced closure of more than 100 deficient county bridges.

A beloved first lady

Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, will be remembered as the matriarch of a presidential dynasty. She is the only woman in U.S. history to have been alive for both a husband’s presidency and a son’s.