We have spiking numbers of cases because of the highly contagious delta variant. ICUs are full. The hospital system is being stressed to the ninth degree. I’m not sure why the Governor said he’d reveal if he’d extend the state of emergency or not in 48 hours, but he did. Maybe it was to build tension like they do on TV? I have no idea. But to deny this is an emergency would be political malpractice.

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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.