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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.

 

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.

 

 

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