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Charlie Mitchell: Court sides with newspaper; strikes a blow for open government

Posted yesterday in National Columns

During the hurricanes early this month, the Mississippi Supreme Court quietly struck a blow to ratify people-power in city halls and courthouses around the state.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Summer trip south turned tide of American history

Posted 9/12/2017 in Local Columns

Summer was a happy time in the Mississippi Delta for 12-year-old Simeon Wright. It only became happier when Wright and his brothers were told a cousin, Bobo, would be visiting from Chicago.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Keep the flag' sentiment rests on shaky foundations

Posted 8/28/2017 in Local Columns

People opposed to changing Mississippi's flag are standing on at least five false premises.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Senate election may double as flag referendum

Posted 8/25/2017 in Local Columns

Next year's U.S. Senate election in Mississippi may double as a referendum on the state flag.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Certainties' include universal health care

Posted 8/9/2017 in Local Columns

There are certain certainties we accept: death and taxes.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Autry ought to be known better in his Mississippi

Posted 8/1/2017 in Local Columns

Almost-native son James Autry ought to be known better in Mississippi. He's "almost-native" because while he grew up in Benton County, he was actually born in Memphis. I suppose that means Tennessee can claim him, too.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi's millennial drain

Posted 7/17/2017 in Local Columns

The new crop of Americans has several markers, experts say. One helps explain why fewer of them choose to live in Mississippi.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Language books tend to gather dust in Mississippi

Posted 7/3/2017 in Local Columns

When you boil it down to the nub, every citizen of Mississippi except bona fide members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is an immigrant or descended from an immigrant.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The scourge of cell-phone telemarketing

Posted 6/19/2017 in Local Columns

Antony, foreseeing chaos in the aftermath of the murder of Julius Caesar, intoned, "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war." In more contemporary artistry with words, the Baha Men gave us, "Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who?"

 

Charlie Mitchell: Myths undermine any honest jobs-welfare talks

Posted 6/14/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi now leads the nation in the "starve the beast" approach to governance with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves as champion of the movement.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Wingate: Epps no small-time offender

Posted 6/5/2017 in Local Columns

There's no way to know what former Mississippi Commissioner of Corrections Christopher Epps expected when he walked into court -- at last -- to hear his sentence, but the nearly 20-year term imposed by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate must have come as a surprise.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Regarding our history

Posted 5/31/2017 in Local Columns

Morgan Freeman, celebrated actor and thoughtful person, says forget about it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Battle for school dollars now rests with Supreme Court

Posted 5/22/2017 in Local Columns

Most students are out for summer, having finished their final exams. In all probability, there were no easy answers. The quest for better K-12 public schools in Mississippi continues, though. Likewise there are no easy answers.

 

Charlie Mitchell: When others talk policy, Rep. Holland talks people

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Columns

Years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to air a live "town hall" on a topic.

 

Charlie Mitchell: McDaniel plans to ride emotional wave to U.S. Senate

Posted 4/24/2017 in Local Columns

Why would the name of a state senator from Ellisville be on a professionally created survey seeking voters' views on national issues? The answer is obvious. The opinion survey is a pre-campaign ad. Chris McDaniel intends to be a U.S. senator.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Those who manage the state's money

Posted 4/10/2017 in Local Columns

When a family finds itself in a financial pickle and looks for advice, the admonition is always the same: Make a budget and stick to it.

 

Mississippi Voices: Telling Mississippi's story

Posted 4/3/2017 in National Columns

The phone rang. "Chah-lie? Bill Minor. Listen. You got that all wrong."

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's hospitals facing uncertain times

Posted 3/27/2017 in Local Columns

A healthier Mississippi with more medical services, specifically for the underserved, was a hallmark of Gov. Phil Bryant's stump speech when he was running for office.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Rep.'s campaign against state media reflects misunderstanding

Posted 3/22/2017 in Local Columns

State Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, has his toga in a knot because a Delta newspaper publisher offered his opinion -- opinion -- that Gipson, who chairs House Judiciary B, went too far in mixing religion and public policy.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Eventually' list centers on 'not if, but when'

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the "bucket list," a roster of to-do items before leaving this life for the next.

 

 

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