Jackson, Mississippi On My Mind

 It is heartbreaking to see what is happening in my former hometown of Jackson, MS. This tragedy has been a long time coming and to see my friends, Nsombi Lambright and David Blount, on national television expressing their frustration and discomfort pains me greatly. 

The history behind Jackson’s water infrastructure woes is a sad one, worthy of a Ken Burns’ documentary. However, this situation is a true example of how to turn tragedy into triumph. 

It is time to show the world the Mississippi I remember, a state that when challenges hit, the leaders and people band together to face those challenges head on and conquer them. 

It is time for Gov. Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to work together to quickly get the O. B. Curtis Plant up and running, while using all their political capital to get all the financial resources necessary to completely renovate the Capital City’s water infrastructure, once and for all. 

There is no time for partisan bickering, posturing or finger pointing. Only positive and result oriented action. 

Students need to be in school. Businesses need to be open at full capacity. 

Fire hydrants need to be functional. 

Citizens need to return to a normal standard of living. 

17 years ago, people outside of Mississippi didn’t think we would recover after Katrina. We did. 

It is time to remind the rest of the nation of Mississippi Resolve once again. We are taught as Christians to have faith based on what we cannot see. My faith in Jackson, Mississippi is based on what I have seen in the past and know in my heart to be true. 

It is time for good men and women to go to work! 

May God continue to bless Jackson, Mississippi, strengthen its people and keep the Capital City in His favor now and always.


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