Feb 20, 2016
I have seen it. More importantly, I have felt it, with my hands and my heart.
I wish it would become our new state flag.
That it was designed by Jackson artist Laurin Stennis — the 42-year-old granddaughter of the late John C. Stennis, who served Mississippi as a U.S. senator for more than 41 years — makes the possibility even more special.
John Stennis did more for Mississippi and our country than 100 columns could cover. President Ronald Reagan said to him in 1988, “In troubled places, you have brought calm resolve.”
Perhaps through his granddaughter, it might happen again. But a deadline looms. House Bill 1548, introduced Feb. 8 by Rep. Kathy Sykes, D-Jackson, calls for adopting Laurin Stennis’ design as the the state’s official flag. The bill is in the House Rules Committee. It will die there at the end of the day Tuesday if not voted on and sent to the full House for a vote.
“If people want to see the bill passed, they should call or email their representative immediately,” Sykes said.
Reality says the odds of it staying alive during this session are slim. But Sykes' spreading the flag to the Rules Committee and having small replicas on legislators’ desks and in their minds are positive first steps.
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