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  Consider This: Moving Forward

Congratulations to the candidates who were elected this week to serve for the next four years. The sweep at the statewide level by Republicans and the Republican gains in the house and senate only boosted the supermajority numbers that were already in place.

  Consider This: Real Time Crime Center

Earlier this year when a Jackson pastor was killed in front of his church, Governor Bryant committed to help the city with funding for a real-time crime center.

  Consider This: Public Records Access

Mississippi has some of the weakest public records regulations of any state in the country.

  Consider This: Vaping / Cigarettes

Many people are calling for the elimination of vaping products since many people have now died, their deaths believed to be caused by vaping.

  Consider This: Choosing the Governor

If you talk to people who manage political campaigns, most will tell you the governor is someone you want to like.

  Consider This: Power of Pink

It’s October and through our annual Power of Pink campaign, we are working to bring more attention and awareness to breast cancer and what you can do to increase the chances of beating the disease.

  Consider This: Jackson Convention Center

Jackson just can’t get out of its own way. Just when it seems the city is making progress, a new issue appears.

  Consider This: Support the Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship is underway

  Consider This: Safety on the Water

If an accident happens, the chances of surviving are much, much better for the person who is wearing a life jacket

  CONSIDER THIS: Vote Tuesday

If you didn’t vote in the primary election, you can vote Tuesday in either party runoff.

  CONSIDER THIS: Revamp the Driver License Program

Whether Watson wins or Democratic challenge Johnny Dupree fills the seat, putting the Mississippi Driver License program under the Secretary of State office deserves strong consideration.

  CONSIDER THIS: Stop Juuling

If you’re not familiar with the Juul product, it is one of the most popular e-cigarettes and looks like a flash drive or electronics charger.

  CONSIDER THIS: Hemp Agriculture

Agriculture is the biggest industry in Mississippi.

  CONSIDER THIS: Making Wise Choices

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, it’s an appropriate time to remind everyone of the importance of doing your homework to understand the positions of the candidates.

  CONSIDER THIS: The National Anthem

WLBT returned to what was once a daily tradition on TV and radio stations across the country when the Star Spangled Banner played at sign-off of the broadcast day.

  CONSIDER THIS: Taking Back Our Streets

WLBT is in downtown Jackson so every day we get to see firsthand the challenges facing the capital city, but also the many improvements taking place.

  Consider This: Jackson Airport Decisions

Carl Newman, former CEO of the Jackson Airport, did an impressive job improving airport operations over the four years he spent in that position.

  Consider This: Our State Flag

Some of the candidates for statewide office are putting forward the idea that its past time to change our flag.

  Guest Editorial: Unite Mississippi

In that same spirit of coming together, this Saturday at 6 pm Unite Mississippi is hosting a night of unity at Veterans Memorial Stadium. All races. All denominations. Everyone is invited to come together and unite under the banner of the Cross.

  CONSIDER THIS: One Lake Project

One Lake would be a game changing project for the metro, so hopefully proponents can provide the information necessary to remove those concerns and the project can move forward.

Consider This: Sanderson Farms Championship

Mississippi now has a stand-alone PGA tournament that will take place the week of September 16th.

  Consider This: Teacher Pay Increase

The state legislature has been going back and forth on plans to raise teacher pay, but nothing has been finalized.

Consider This: Community Improvement District

People who live in these districts would vote to tax themselves to pay for community upgrades, which could be enhanced security, road improvements and other options that would benefit the neighborhood.

  Consider This: Visit Jackson

WLBT is partnering with Visit Jackson to help promote some of the positive attributes of the capital city.

CONSIDER THIS: Visit Jackson

WLBT is partnering with Visit Jackson to help promote some of the positive attributes of the capital city.

CONSIDER THIS: Phone Scams

There’s a federal law prohibiting the phone number spoofing and call blocking, but no such state law. Now the state lawmakers are moving to enact a state law so local and state agencies can go after these criminals as well.

  Consider This: We Can Be Better

Sometimes we offer editorials that are critical of things happening in Mississippi.

Consider This: Mississippi License Plate

Have you seen the new design for the Mississippi license plate?

  Consider This: Murders are Destroying Jackson

Consider This is an expression of opinion by the editorial committee of WLBT and is presented by Vice President and General Manager Ted Fortenberry.

  Consider This: Upgrade the Coliseum

The legislature is back in session and if you’re headed towards the Capitol, you will pass the Mississippi Coliseum and Fairgrounds.

  Consider This: Fix the crime issues in 2019

As we have shared in several editorials, until the city of Jackson addresses and fixes the crime issues, all the other improvements will be less impactful.

  Consider This: Serving in public office

It is often difficult to convince people to run for political office. It is a huge commitment of someone’s time for very little pay.

  CONSIDER THIS: Commission Appointments

The Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, known as PEER, met this week to review the results of a study that focused on Visit Jackson.

  CONSIDER THIS: 2019 Will Be Interesting

It’s great that there are funds to give teachers and other work groups pay raises. They deserve it. In fact, with proper money management that should happen every year. What’s interesting is the money available to pay for the raises for some of the largest employee groups in the state, conveniently

  CONSIDER THIS: Shop Local

Whenever you can, shop local. It gets a lot of attention during the Holidays, but it will have impact that positively impacts towns and communities well into the New Year.

  CONSIDER THIS: Be Thankful

Even with the issues we face, and the divisiveness happening across the political spectrum, this is still the greatest country on Earth.

  CONSIDER THIS: Being Civil and Respectful

In an SNL skit from the previous week, Davidson joked about Crenshaw and an eye-patch he wears. He lost his eye in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan. His third tour.

  CONSIDER THIS: Record Turnout

Nearly 900,000 Mississippians voted on Tuesday, setting a record for turnout in a mid-term election.

  CONSIDER THIS: Vote Tuesday

We have two U.S. Senate seats, which is very unique, Congressional seats, Judges and other local races on the ballot next Tuesday. Unlike the chances of winning the lottery, the odds are very good that you’ll be affected by the decisions of the people elected to represent us.

  CONSIDER THIS: Forest Hill Band Sanctions

Fortunately, the band can continue to play in the stands, march in parades and the concert band can compete in the state competition.

  CONSIDER THIS: Hurricane Michael

People in Mississippi were not killed nor injured by Michael. But in Florida it is a different story. People have lost their family. Many people are hurt. Their homes damaged or flooded. Lots of property has been lost.