Charlie Mitchell

Mitchell: Bush Elected Before Campaigns Became Science

It’s true that George H.W. Bush was the last president from The Greatest Generation. This week, commentators have pointed out that when Bill Clinton...

Mitchell: Thanks? How about a List of Aggravations Instead?

Long-time readers (for whom I am grateful) may recall Thanksgiving columns have often been homilies on how choosing an attitude of gratitude lessens stress,...

Mitchell: Immigrants Show Very Little Interest in Mississippi

Several candidates this election season chirped about immigration. In Mississippi, this was strange because while legions of foreigners may be coming to America, they’re...

Mitchell: Violence Yet Another Reason to Avoid Public Service

We should have seen it coming in 2001. That’s when President George W. Bush selected U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Laurel for promotion...

Mitchell: Two Ways to Go With Local Special Sales Tax Levies

For Mississippi’s first 155 years, the power to tax was jealously guarded by the Legislature. It still is, but there was a lapse. Counties could...

Mitchell: Informed Communities are the Best Communities

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

Mitchell: Hyde-Smith, McDaniel Have Staked Out Their Positions

Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi’s Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated. Yes, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and...

Mitchell: Large ‘Something for Nothing’ Crowd Often Overlooked

It’s the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim. TV weatherfolk become hyper-animated over how awful...

Mitchell: Any Consequence for Clinging to a Sinking Ship?

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...

Mitchell: Eight Weeks Until Mississippi Selects Two Senators

Mike Espy’s path back to Congress isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible, either. It’s September, meaning a short eight weeks remain until Mississippi voters —...