The Hattiesburg American, 1/31/8

DR. ED THOMPSON, Mississippi’s state health officer, has an ambitious agenda. He has to. The Health Department was left in disarray under the reign of Dr. Brian Amy, and infant mortality, syphilis and tuberculosis rates began to climb again.

Thompson is alarmed by this, as all Mississippians should be.

But the fix won’t be easy. Addressing these issues will cost money in a year when prospects for more money are dim.