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Charlie Mitchell: Two ways to go with local special sales tax levies

Posted 10/16/2018 in Local Columns

Charlie Mitchell: Informed communities are the best communities

Posted 10/9/2018 in Local Columns

Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.


Charlie Mitchell: Hyde-Smith, McDaniel have staked out their positions

Posted 10/2/2018 in Local Columns

Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi's Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated.


Charlie Mitchell: Public purse not proper for punishment or reward

Posted 9/25/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.


Charlie Mitchell: Large 'something for nothing' crowd often overlooked

Posted 9/18/2018 in Local Columns

It's the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim.


Charlie Mitchell: Any consequence for clinging to a sinking ship?

Posted 9/10/2018 in Local Columns

Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.


Charlie Mitchell: Lottery is the holy grail in the art of taxation

Posted 8/28/2018 in Local Columns

Jean-Baptiste Colbert was finance minister for French monarch Louis XIV. His best quote: "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."


Charlie Mitchell: Trump didn't invent 'public enemy' label for the media

Posted 8/22/2018 in Local Columns

Media folk are rankled because the President of the United States identifies us as "enemies of the American people."


Charlie Mitchell: Treading water shouldn't be good enough for voters

Posted 8/13/2018 in Local Columns

After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, "We've got to cut back. We're spending more than we have."


Charlie Mitchell: Some not entertained by Reeves-Hood kerfuffle

Posted 7/30/2018 in Local Columns

OK, well, so no one is going to prison over "roadgate."


Charlie Mitchell: 'Roadgate' has promise as issue in governor's race

Posted 7/24/2018 in Local Columns

As things stood, there was no red meat on the table if, as expected, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves squared off with Attorney General Jim Hood in next year's contest to be governor of Mississippi.


Charlie Mitchell: Hardball Haley ready to deal on immigration

Posted 7/17/2018 in Local Columns

When governor, Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature. He defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor silly who tried to thwart their wishes.


Charlie Mitchell: Heavenly: State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Posted 7/10/2018 in Local Columns

Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people -- those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases -- are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year.


Charlie Mitchell: America was designed to be a work in progress

Posted 7/2/2018 in Local Columns

Did a teacher make you memorize the Declaration of Independence, or at least the first few paragraphs?


Charlie Mitchell: High international intrigue visits Mississippi towns

Posted 6/26/2018 in Local Columns

What do Oxford and Starkville have in common? Both were -- or almost were -- players in determining the future of the European Union, thereby exerting influence over some of the largest and oldest economies in the world.


Charlie Mitchell: Much more than a cake at stake in court ruling

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Columns

Some protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission contend the 7-2 decision proved the justices hate gays.


Mississippi Voices: Digital world fast becoming our only world

Posted 6/11/2018 in Local Columns

The longer it's around, the more it appears social media has the wrong name. It's really antisocial media. Be assured this is not a rant about mom, dad, Junior and Sis sitting at a table each engaged on his or her mobile device. It's not even a lament of all the visceral comments people make, anonymously or otherwise, on Facebook or Twitter. All of that is real, of course, but it's old news.


Charlie Mitchell: 'Inappropriate' stretches from ill-advised to criminal

Posted 6/5/2018 in Local Columns

Will Morgan Freeman be the person who brings perspective to the conversation? If so, that would be a good thing.


Charlie Mitchell: Thompson, Espy have different approaches to public office

Posted 5/29/2018 in Local Columns

Bennie Thompson and Mike Espy are African-American men. That's what they have in common. Other than both being members of the Democratic Party, that's about all they have in common.


Charlie Mitchell: Economy still voters' major issue on election day

Posted 5/22/2018 in Local Columns

On the day Donald Trump was elected, a 20-gallon tank of gas cost a Mississippi driver $36. Today, The American Automobile Associations says that same 20 gallons costs $52.



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