In a vote that raised eyebrows nationwide, the Mississippi Legislature voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag this past weekend.
Both houses voted for the measure by substantial margins, with the state's governor signing the bill and making the change official on Tuesday. Mississippi was said to be the last state that had the Confederate symbol as part of its official state flag.
The symbol is considered racially divisive by many and a barrier to racial harmony.
A committee was named to draft the next flag, which will not have the Confederate image, but will include the words "In God We Trust."
The state voters will consider whether to adopt the new flag in November.
To wear or not to wear
This week Governor Kay Ivey encouraged everyone to abide by the recommendations of the health department.
This comes with the experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), stating we could see 100,000 cases a day if the current trend does not change.
All health officials are asking everyone, along with social distancing and hand washing for fighting the coronavirus, to simply wear masks in public.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to email@example.com.