Rail line purchase boosts Grenada

ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III

Great news last week concerning the rail line running through Grenada and connecting the Southaven/Memphis rail yard with the Canton/Jackson rail yard.

The line has been sold to a Florida group, and, hopefully, the rails between Elliott and Canton will be brought up to standard soon. That will be a great boost to the heart of north Mississippi.

(The details of this purchase were published in Friday’s (Aug. 10) edition of the GrenadaStar, and are available in the E-Edition of GrenadaStar.com.)

Aldermen face fines

The Natchez mayor and board of aldermen are facing $500 fines for violating Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act by discussing garbage collection contracts behind closed doors, according to The Clarion Ledger.

The meeting (which resulted in a 25% increase in garbage fees) brought complaints from the local newspaper, the Mississippi Justice Institute and local residents.

The final disposition of the case is set to be determined by the Mississippi Ethics Commission on Sept. 26.

West Nile

So far this year, Mississippians have reported 13 cases of West Nile virus.

In 2017, the state had 63 cases and two deaths.

The disease is transmitted by mosquito bites. Be sure to use insect repellent!

Big Money

ActBlue, the liberal fund raising website for Democrats, passed the $1 billion mark a week or two ago. The group is planning to raise $1.5 billion by year’s end to defeat conservative candidates – just a sample of the efforts to send this country farther down the road to decline.

Don’t visit Chicago

The first weekend in August Chicago had 34 shootings and five deaths.

So far this year the city has more than 300 deaths, down 25% from last year, but still the highest of any American city.

According to USA Today, hundreds temporarily shut down the city’s renown Lake Shore Drive protesting and calling for the resignation of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Don’t worry, the Windy City is instituting a new plan to cut down on crime: group therapy.

According to USA Today, one day a “group therapy session for young detainees at the county jail started with their behavioral health specialist testing them with a hypothetical scenario: They’ve cheated on a girlfriend and the other woman is pregnant.”

Wow!!!!

     I’ll bet a situation like that really tugs at the heart of young hard-core criminals. So far 240 have been expelled from the program, and 98 are still active.