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Mississippi Voices: The magnificent John Grisham couldn't beat this

Posted 3/19/2018 in National Columns

Roger Wicker is a pinko. Yes, he claims to be conservative, but every other Tuesday at 5 a.m. he goes to Nancy Pelosi's house to give her a pedicure. Mississippi's junior U.S. senator stands in the way of our great leader, Donald Trump. And the flag. Don't forget, Wicker hates Mississippi's flag.


Charlie Mitchell: Wrist slap for Tate Reeves his biggest setback

Posted 3/13/2018 in Local Columns

On March 1, the state Senate said no to the leadership's plan to change how state money is distributed to public K-12 schools. Next came the weekend. On March 5, Thad Cochran, Mississippi's senior and super delegate to the U.S. Senate announced his resignation.


Charlie Mitchell: Cochran's well-timed exit triggers high drama

Posted 3/6/2018 in Local Columns

The April departure from the U.S. Senate of the man who broke the Democratic Party's lock on federal offices from Mississippi opens the door to a doozy of a summer and fall.


Charlie Mitchell: How about tiered permitting keyed to firepower?

Posted 2/26/2018 in Local Columns

OK. Deep breath. In Mississippi, the state has a wringer. It puts citizens who ask to pack firearms where otherwise not allowed through that wringer. The wringer is so good that not one incident of weapons misuse by a state-certified enhanced carry permit holder has ever been reported.


Charlie Mitchell: Lawmakers praise 'local control' very selectively

Posted 2/19/2018 in National Columns

A prime talking point for legislative advocates of charter schools this year is "local control."


Charlie Mitchell: Youthful 'Snowflakes' are made, not born

Posted 2/12/2018 in Local Columns

Don't blame the college kids. The snowflakes among them weren't born to feel privileged, entitled or in need of shelter from diverse ideas and opinions.


Charlie Mitchell: Back-scratching with ad dollars

Posted 2/5/2018 in National Columns

A timid attempt was made last year to keep elected officials from spending your money to tell you what a great job they're doing. It didn't get far. A small band of lawmakers is trying again. The situation looks better.


Charlie Mitchell: When schools become big business

Posted 1/29/2018 in Local Columns

Lobbyists have been around as long as there have been lawmaking bodies. Once they were seeking favorable rules and regulations for the private economy. Today, more and more, lobbyists are seeking customers.


Charlie Mitchell: When will Trump voters say 'enough'?

Posted 1/19/2018 in Local Columns

What are you willing to look past to get what you want?


Charlie Mitchell: Starting the new year with a list (of grievances)

Posted 1/2/2018 in Local Columns

Jolly Rancher-flavored Pop Tarts. The very thought is disgusting. Kind of like crushed peppermint on scrambled eggs.


Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi could send a Democrat, too

Posted 12/18/2017 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.



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