Editorials – Miss. ATV laws; closing post offices won’t help

In March, a 13-year-old operating an ATV with three other children aboard drove it onto a road in Lee County where it collided with a truck. One of the four children on the all-terrain vehicle, a 2-year-old girl, was killed.

Steve Holland of Plantersville was the funeral director for that little girl. He is also a member of the Mississippi Legislature, which year after year refuses to impose tighter safety regulations on ATVs.

“It’s a culture we operate in in Mississippi,” Holland, a Democrat, said. “It’s hard to get those laws passed, but the time has come for a serious discussion about the time, place and purpose of four-wheelers in this state.”

Closing 252 post offices won’t fix U.S. Postal Service

It’s going to take more than closing a couple hundred rural post offices to fix what’s wrong with the U.S. Postal Service. That’s why we are happy the U.S. Senate decided to halt closing about half the mail processing centers the Postal Service wants to close. It would also bar any shutdowns before the November elections and protect most rural post offices for at least a year. The service would also give it a one-time $11 billion cash infusion to keep it running. …

5/7/12