In the mid-1990s, Mississippi's highway signs admonished passing drivers: "Only Positive Mississippi Spoken Here." The slogan still dictates how Mississippi addresses its tough issues: instead of confronting our negatives, we change the subject to our positives.
African Americans account for 61 percent of Mississippi's prisoners, but only 37 percent of its population. Mississippi should join a national movement to reexamine the racial impact of its sentencing laws.
More than 20 percent of Mississippians -- and nearly 30 percent of children -- do not have consistent access to nutritious food. The latest cuts to food assistance programs are a step in the wrong direction.