BILL MINOR: The naming game changes with political, legal fortunes

Driving down Highway 63 into Moss Point, you come upon a directional road sign reading “Trent Lott International Airport.” Yes, that’s international as in an airline hub connecting passengers with other countries.

Except, Trent Lott International near Pascagoula doesn’t connect with anything. It’s one short runway and is only used by small private airplanes.

It’s one of the legacy trophies Trent collected when he was at the top of his political career in 2001 as Senate Majority Leader – and before Trent self-destructed by praising Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist run for president. From there, Lott slid downhill, suddenly and mysteriously quitting his Senate seat in 2007.

Bill Minor