PENDER: Majority of Mississippians would likely vote to keep the current flag. 


BY: Geoff Pender

We do not need another referendum.

This decision is a job for the elected Legislature. In fact such decisions are the main job of the elected state Legislature.

Yet, some lawmakers and other state leaders are saying we maybe should have another referendum — let voters decide, as they did in a 2001 referendum, whether to change the state flag.

That sounds all democratic and fair, letting the masses decide at the ballot box. But it’s really a cop-out by lawmakers who want to avoid making a tough decision. And it’s not how our representative republic government is supposed to work.

A majority of Mississippians — at least those interested enough to turn out for the issue — would likely vote to keep the current flag.

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