The Pearl River is rising and should crest soon (if it already hasn’t by the time you see this). What’s also rising is the compassion and goodness of an army of strangers who are helping folks out. There’s a lot of selfishness in the world today. But like I’ve written before, this is truly a chainsaws and casseroles moment. People will show up with tools to help and food to feed you. The questions that will start with the cleanup are these: Where will people get the resources to fund their recovery and what will we as a community do to prevent this from happening yet again? Because as this past week has reminded us, it will happen again.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.