(Columbus) The Dispatch. June 15, 2021.
Editorial: Bulldogs bound for “Starkville North”
By Dispatch Editorial Board • 50 minutes ago
On the eve of NCAA baseball regionals two weeks ago, Larry Buckley, who played baseball at Mississippi State in the early 1970s, was spotted in Starkville wearing an interesting T-shirt. The shirt featured the outline of Nebraska, with a star designating the location of Omaha. Instead of Omaha, however, the star on the map was labeled “Starkville North”.
Since 1950, Omaha has been home to the College World Series, and traveling to Omaha for the eight-team championship tournament is the holy grail for college baseball teams across the country.
Mississippi State fans consider Omaha a home from home, which becomes less of a boast than a statement of fact.
On Monday night, Mississippi State beat Notre Dame, 11-7, to win their 12th trip to Omaha and their third consecutive CWS appearance, the longest active streak of consecutive championship round appearances of all programs.
Even by MSU standards, what’s happened over the past eight seasons is remarkable – seven playoff appearances, six regional championships, four regional super championships and four trips to Omaha. Over the past five seasons, the Bulldogs have won five regional titles and, of course, the three regional super titles that earned them their ticket to the CWS.
The juniors and seniors of this year’s squad have reached Omaha every season (the 2020 season has been canceled due to COVID-19).
Players come and go, but at Mississippi State the same is true of the coaches, which makes what MSU has achieved all the more incredible.
In those five years, four different coaches – John Cohen (now MSU Sports Director), Andy Cannizaro, Gary Henderson and, for the second time in his two full seasons, Chris Lemonis took teams from MSU to Omaha.
Some teams rely on a collection of fleeting talent to reach the College World Series. Others arrive in Omaha thanks to a coach who has built winners in his image.
But in light of what has happened over the past five years, it’s clear that Mississippi state baseball is not a winning team, but a winning program.
It is not a lack of respect for the players or the coaches. The programs attract excellence, which is clearly what has happened at MSU. Add in college baseball’s best setup and an unmatched fan base (over 40,000 fans attended the Bulldogs’ three-day Super Regional, a national record attendance), and Bulldog baseball has all the makings you’d associate with lasting power.
There is only one goal left to achieve. It’s one thing to get to Omaha, it’s another to win it all. The Bulldogs moved closer, finishing second in 2013 and third on two other occasions.
The Bulldogs have knocked on this door 11 times. Maybe that door opens for Try No.12, which begins on Sunday when MSU faces Texas in their first CWS game.
Could this be the year the Bulldogs take home the ultimate prize?
We’re about to find out.
Daily newspaper from Tupelo. June 11, 2021.
Editorial: The state of the region can be strengthened through “generational change”
Thursday was both a day of celebration and a call to arms for the future.
The state of the region meeting highlighted the exceptional growth and impact of the CREATE Foundation, the investments made in Northeast Mississippi, and the potential for future success.
It was also the first major in-person event, which has grown over the years, hosted by CREATE since the pandemic. Last year’s event was held virtually, but people returned in large numbers, showing the commitment to CREATE’s mission and cooperation in the 17 County area.
CREATE President Mike Clayborne highlighted the strength of the Foundation through the growth of assets, funds and investments over the past 49 years. In doing so, he pointed to an inflection point about 25 years ago that led to significant growth – the creation of the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi. Clayborne pointed to it as the catalyst for greater and more genuine regional cooperation.
Hosted by the CREATE Foundation Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi, this year’s state of the region meeting brought together Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Northern District Civil Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.
While highlighting the legislative successes of the past year, Hosemann also referred to the billions of dollars paid to states and local governments through the US bailout. He said such federal funding would likely never be seen again, so he encouraged local leaders to use it to fund projects that could lead to “generational change.”
Hosemann and Presley both talked about expanding broadband access, which could make northeast Mississippi the largest connected rural area in America – certainly a generational shift.
But all three – Clayborne, Hosemann and Presley – warned there was a lot of work to be done. The region faces challenges. Highlighting recent census data which found Mississippi to be one of the few states to have lost residents in the past decade, Clayborne said 12 of northeast Mississippi’s 17 counties have lost population. .
Clayborne rightly pointed out that a region is as strong as its communities. And all three have rightly said that local communities often have to lead the way in meeting the challenges they face.
With federal help and the regional support that exists, local communities in northeastern Mississippi should respond to calls that were made on Thursday: look at where we are, see where we need to go, and invest in projects that can make a difference. generational changes. In doing so, the state of the region can remain strong for generations to come.
(McComb) Enterprise-Journal. June 11, 2021.
Editorial: incorrect voter ID information
Note to reporters covering the Mississippi government: When Michael Watson says something, you might want to check behind him.
It’s a lesson reporters on Capitol Hill learned recently after the Secretary of State falsely claimed that the Mississippi Voter Identification Act was likely to be overturned because one of its key provisions was no. ‘was written only in the constitution of the state and not in the law of the state.
In a radio interview late last month, following a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down medical marijuana due to a technical detail in the initiative process Watson warned that voter identification could also become a victim of the ruling.
That may be true, but it won’t be for the reason Watson provided.
He claimed that although Mississippi lawmakers, after voters approved a 2011 voting initiative requiring photo ID at polling stations, codified most of these provisions into state law the following year, they omitted the part that every Mississippian in need of ID was entitled to have an ID card provided free of charge by the state. Watson said lawmakers must hurry and correct this omission or risk having all voter IDs thrown away.
If Watson had been correct in his facts, you might argue that it was not politically astute for a Republican supporter of voter identification to broadcast to potential plaintiffs when the law was vulnerable to attack. But he was wrong.
Delbert Hosemann, Watson’s predecessor and now state lieutenant governor, set the record straight last week. He cited the section of the code where the free provision of the ID card is found. Hosemann knew it: The implementation of voter ID, without litigation, was one of his great accomplishments as Secretary of State.
Although Hosemann, in his statement correcting the case, did not call Watson by name, he was just diplomatic. This disinformation started with the public official who is supposed to be an authority on state election laws. Obviously, neither Watson nor his associates spent much time researching voter identification laws before speaking.