It’s hard to believe that summer is half gone and before we know it the kids will be going back to school. Maybe subconsciously we had kids on our minds as we planned the editorial content for this issue. As the carefree days of summer get fewer and fewer, our time with our families feels that much more precious.
But before we wax all sentimental about time flying, there is so much left to do and see before summer draws to a close. Be sure to check out our “Calendar of Events” for activities and attractions around the state. Mississippi has some great events and destinations, whether it’s for a weekend or a last minute family get-away.
On another note… As we were putting this issue together, the U.S. Senate is deliberating about how to change our healthcare system. All of us would like to have quality care with lower premiums, deductibles and co-pays, and we want to be sure that it is still affordable for people with pre-existing conditions – that means people with asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and cancer, just to mention a few. That’s practically everybody.
We may not all be able to place a vote on one healthcare plan or another, but what we can do, and what we need to do to protect our families’ interests, is to be informed. We need to take a critical eye to our own health insurance policies and know the details. We need to listen to the debate that is going on among our elected representatives. We need to ask questions and call, write, or email our congressmen or women with our concerns to make our voices known.
Healthcare is not a subject to leave to somebody else. Our representatives, whether they know it or not, need our thoughts and our ideas for ways to make the system better, fairer, cheaper and more efficient. They also need our prayers. America has always been at its best when we work together toward a mutual goal. Right now, our “moon shot” to rally around should be improving healthcare for everybody. It’s not as dramatic as the first landing on the moon, but achieving it would “be one giant leap” in the right direction.