University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones told Neshoba County Fairgoers Wednesday that the country and state are struggling because “the focus” on public education has been lost.
Jones spoke Wednesday on the first of two days of political speeches under the tin-roofed pavilion on Founders’ Square in the middle of the historic fairgrounds.
Fair organizers took the unprecedented step of inviting university presidents to speak on what is a slow year at the fair because no elections are scheduled. Little news was made and the crowd was much smaller than in election years.
Speakers touched on familiar themes. Many expressed opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, lambasted big government and praised gun ownership.