Tony Yarber: Mississippi flag issue needs leadership

I applaud all the elected leaders who support the removal of the Confederate battle cross from the flag. The job of elected officials is to act on behalf of those who placed them in office. Our legislative leaders have the ability to bring this discussion to an end. Removing the Confederate emblem requires leadership, not votes. The flag issue doesn’t need a ballot. It needs leadership.

This topic has the potential to take our sights off more pressing issues that impact Mississippi citizens, such as education, economic development and health disparities. We should be working together to lift this state and the quality of life for its citizens.