Mississippi should decide fate of Lott

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002

There can be no argument that U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has done much good for Mississippi and the Coast area.

We cringe to think what the local economic picture would be like without his help. We may never know the impact he has had working behind the scenes to help Ingalls Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Naval Station Pascagoula, the Coast Guard and other local businesses and industries.

And, yet, all those accomplishments are now tainted by his remarks at U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday celebration last week. ...

If the truth be told, there are probably many in our state who agree with Lott's remarks.

But this is 2002, not 1948. ...

It goes without saying that Lott's comments were offensive and insensitive. Granted, he apologized for the remarks several days after he made them. ...

Should he resign? No. Let the voters make the decision on whether he should remain in the Senate in the next election. But Lott is scheduled to become Senate majority leader in January, a position that allows him a key role in Washington. ...

-- The Mississippi Press (Pascagoula, Miss.)

Dec. 12



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