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Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi could send a Democrat, too

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

For the second time, the extreme political right overplayed its hand and delivered a Republican U.S. Senate seat to Democrats.

 

Charlie Mitchell: True to history, Mississippi both gracious and vicious

Posted 12/11/2017 in National Columns

My, my, my. Such language. Granted, having Donald Trump at the opening of a civil rights museum was akin to asking Jeff Davis to deliver the eulogy for Abraham Lincoln, but the reaction! And the variety! To some degree, it illustrates why few sane and sober people seek public office.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Treating symptoms no cure for mass murder disease

Posted 11/27/2017 in Local Columns

When a patient shows up with an ailment, a doctor is sometimes able to cure the ailment. At other times, the doctor is limited to treating the symptoms resulting from the ailment. Doctors know the difference. Take a broken arm as an example. A doctor can reposition the bones in proper alignment and let nature take its healing course. That fixes the ailment.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Nurturing a desire to learn is the first challenge

Posted 11/17/2017 in Local Columns

All the king's horses and all the king's men have had their first meeting. Their challenge is to put the Jackson Public Schools back together again.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Ideally, words should be precise, not confusing

Posted 11/10/2017 in Local Columns

Imagine a timber crew idling around their pickups in the moist, early-morning silence of a pine forest, waiting for their workday to begin.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Newest museums let Mississippi look in the mirror

Posted 11/2/2017 in Local Columns

There is one Mississippi, but many, many stories. That's not only the theme, but also the challenge for curators who developed displays in the conjoined Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Remake of 'Casablanca' to be set in Mississippi?

Posted 10/11/2017 in Local Columns

It's one of the most famous movies ever, with many memorable lines.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Farewell to one of the few who always put others first

Posted 10/3/2017 in Local Columns

The time has come to say farewell to Curlie L. Whiten Sr., who died last week at 94.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Ignore' is a muscle that could use some exercise

Posted 9/25/2017 in Local Columns

A friend well-schooled in all things biblical said not long ago, "Social media may not be able to make the blind see, but it certainly allows the dumb to speak."

 

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

Posted 9/18/2017 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.

 

 

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