Commentary on Jackson, MS


Dear Friends:

Will those of you in Jackson, Hinds County, Ridgeland, Clinton, Madison, Flowood, Rankin and other cities around Jackson allow me a few minutes of your time to get on my soapbox? I will be brief. I started practicing law when I was 24. The year was 1980. Immediately I travelled all across this beautiful state helping people. But everywhere I went I was called “one of those Jackson lawyers” by other lawyers and people in the community. It was only after they got to know me and saw the dedication I put into helping my client that I was able to be just me.
The same has been true for years about Jackson, the city. Jackson has been getting a “bad rap” for 20 years. It frustrates me when I hear people running down Jackson, yet they come into the city to shop, go to the restaurants, go to the movie, go to the many Jackson Festivals, to visit the new multi-million dollar Children’s Museum, to visit the Museum of Natural Science, to go to the great hospitals, to go to Federal Agencies or State Agencies, and for a million other reasons. Do you understand what I am getting at?
The City of Jackson is out Capitol. It hosts and supports events and things that smaller cities could not afford to do or do not have the infrastructure to do. Jackson is bigger. Jackson can from time to time have bigger problem. Jackson has had financial problems not due to any mismanagement but because of “flight” from the city. Currently there is a wonder revitalization going on in Jackson. We all should support that effort no matter where we live. In my opinion is especially true for the many small cities and suburbs around Jackson. The City of Jackson should be your partner in the overall plan of helping the entire metro area. When one benefits, we all benefit. If you don’t believe in what I say then please do what my mom and dad tried to teach me when I was a child. My mom and dad were fond of saying: “Buddy, if you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all.” This was good advice then, and it is good advice now.

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