PAUL HAMPTON: They must be smoking something strong up on High Street

Even a casual observer could deduce Jackson is a disaster. But it takes a more nuanced vision to see that the BP oil catastrophe is to blame.

Jackson officials are putting together a proposal to divert $400,000 to pay for improvements to its sewage system.

It is not coincidence that’s the amount the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the city to spend on the system.

Ashby Foote makes the best case for using BP money — water from the system flows into the Pearl River, which then flows into the Mississippi Sound.

I suspect it has for years and I don’t recall Jackson offering to send the Coast any money for fouling one of our major tourist attractions.