Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Former Oxford Mayor Op/ed Endorses Initiative 42; Blames opposers of Initiative 42 for ballot confusion

Richard Howorth, a former mayor of the city of Oxford, Mississippi had an Op/ed posted at the Oxford, Eagle yesterday:

  • Many of you know what I said repeatedly when I once proudly represented Oxford in City Hall – that a community’s success has three primary drivers: the quality of health care, the quality of public safety, and the quality of public education. Likewise, Mississippi on the whole will not succeed unless its communities achieve stability in these three areas.

    Some have said that colleges will suffer if K-12 schools are adequately funded, a reasoning that reduces education to a dog-eat-dog world and degrades all.

    Funding does not guarantee success but lack of funding virtually guarantees failure. We owe it to the almost 500,000 children who go to public school every day across our state — 90 percent of the state’s children — to pass Initiative 42 and give them the resources they need to succeed.

    The ballot has been made to be confusing, many say through the pure chicanery of those who oppose the initiative and have the authority to create the ballot. So, if you want to give Mississippi, Lafayette County, and Oxford a better chance at success, be sure to vote 1) FOR the constitutional amendment, and 2) FOR Initiative 42 – NOT 42A. -