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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.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Living jackpot to jackpot

Posted 3/6/2017 in National Columns

Gov. Phil Bryant believes the time has come to add a lottery, creating yet another revenue stream for Mississippi. That will create suspense for the next few weeks.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi should invest in what's already working

Posted 2/25/2017 in National Columns

OXFORD -- A tour bus pulled off the side of the narrow highway just west of Marks where Highway 6 becomes as flat and straight as the furrows that flank it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Media errs allowing itself to become the story

Posted 2/22/2017 in Local Columns

Big mistake. To use an overused term, "Yuuge."

 

Charlie Mitchell: Discarded bills a treasure trove of interesting ideas

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all, it's school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Master of managed messages has earned a chance

Posted 1/25/2017 in Local Columns

Remember this one? Two people are standing on the shore looking at the vast ocean. One says, "Man, that's a lot of water." The other replies, "Yes, and that's just the top of it."

 

Charlie Mitchell: Kids' Page provides definitions worth reviewing

Posted 1/10/2017 in Local Columns

It's not often that the Kids' Page, a syndicated feature printed in some newspapers, inspires a grownup, but it can happen.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Schools and slush funds could be top topics this session

Posted 1/3/2017 in Local Columns

It will be a short session, only 90 days. Mississippi lawmakers will be back home while the azaleas are still in bloom, at least in some parts of the state.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Supreme Court oath-taking won't be quite as spectacular

Posted 12/27/2016 in Local Columns

Before there's wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Archives and History taps five more as state superstars

Posted 12/20/2016 in Local Columns

None of them will be there to be toasted, hear the applause and pick up a trophy, but Evelyn Gandy, James Hardy, Aaron Henry, Elvis Presley and Ida B. Wells certainly deserve to join the roster of Mississippi superstars.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Strange but true

Posted 12/12/2016 in Local Columns

Charlie Mitchell: Grand Gulf a 'catastrophe' that became an asset

Posted 12/5/2016 in Local Columns

Nuclear-powered generators were scarce in the United States when utility powers-that-be in Mississippi decided, "Hey, we need one of those."

 

Charlie Mitchell: Fear and loathing hallmark of campaign

Posted 10/17/2016 in National Columns

Have people always engaged in gutter talk? Is it just that recording devices are everywhere? Or are politics and public discourse really becoming more and more polluted?

 

Charlie Mitchell: Barbour sees media trends as fuel for polarization

Posted 10/10/2016 in Local Columns

Before he was governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour was a national Republican insider, serving as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and, during the same career phase, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

 

Mabus satisfied with his meandering career

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

One night Ray Mabus was on the veranda of the presidential palace in Mexico City observing that nation's independence day fireworks with the president of Mexico.

 

Charlie Mitchell: PEER's mission not a priority for Lt. Gov. Reeves?

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Columns

A long time ago in a galaxy far away ... No. Let's leave "Star Wars" out of this. But there was a time -- and it does seem long ago -- when the Mississippi Legislature enacted a bevy of "good government" initiatives to help it do its job better.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Could past-due 'college' issue be receiving attention?

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

It's too soon to cue up the wonderful Etta James for a refrain of "At Last," but the U.S. Department of Education has taken a step toward crimping the abuses too many students and all taxpayers have faced at the hands of "colleges" where the priority is profit.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Importing college students is also a growth industry

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

For every person who left this state in search of higher education last fall, more than five from other states enrolled at a Mississippi public university.

 

 

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