Our view: ‘Ideas Tour’ an encouraging initiative

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn brought his “Mississippi Solutions — An Ideas Tour” to Columbus on Tuesday. About 75 citizens, a third of them 10th-graders from Lowndes County Young Leaders group, packed themselves into the old municipal courtroom at City Hall.

It is difficult to say what will come of these meetings. Gunn, who is paying for the four-day, nine-stop tour out of his own pocket, did not have a specific outcome in mind.

“To be honest, this was my staff’s idea,” he acknowledged. “We just wanted to hear ideas. We know it can be tough getting in touch with legislators during session. These meetings are an opportunity for people to have access to their legislators.”

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