Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Charlie Mitchell

Mitchell: Thanksgiving Is a Middle Child, but Deserves Attention

Confession: Much of what follows is recycled. But recycling is a good thing, isn’t it? The thought being repeated is that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas...

Mitchell: Nurturing a Desire to Learn Is the First Challenge

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...

Mitchell: Ideally, Words Should Be Precise, Not Confusing

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

Mitchell: Newest Museums Let Mississippi Look in the Mirror

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...

Mitchell: McCain Knows America’s Example Remains Crucial to World

Rah-rah speeches by politicians rarely make good fodder for opinion columns. Journalists hear these talks often and become jaded by just another guy using...

Mitchell: Admit It, Voting Rights Act Had a Down Side, Too

A case the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term illustrates what happens when good intentions go bad. The case is from Wisconsin, which is...

Mitchell: Remake of ‘Casablanca’ to be set in Mississippi?

It’s one of the most famous movies ever, with many memorable lines. One comes to mind whenever cavalier handling of public funds comes to light...

Mitchell: Farewell to One of the Few Who Always Put Others First

The time has come to say farewell to Curlie L. Whiten Sr., who died last week at 94. Whiten embodied the perfect recipe for...

Mitchell: ‘Ignore’ is a Muscle that Could Use Some Exercise

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...

Mitchell: Reluctant Officials Get Civics Lesson from Supreme Court

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...