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Charlie Mitchell

Charlie MitchellCharlie Mitchell has been a journalist in Mississippi since 1975 and assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media since 2010. He has written a weekly opinion column, syndicated to Mississippi newspapers for more than 20 years. He can be reached at cdmitch1@olemiss.edu.


 

Mitchell: ‘Sealed Settlements’ Mask the Cost of Wrongdoing

Mitchell: ‘Sealed Settlements’ Mask the Cost of Wrongdoing

Two lawsuits accusing Mississippi officials of wrongdoing have been settled without trials this summer. Taxpayers can know the cost for one. For the other, they can’t. Why? No reason, really. In the normal course of American life, how public money is spent is public information. We can know how much Simpson County paid for diesel…

August 9, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: ‘Cooperation’ Shaping Up Nicely for Corrections Boss

Mitchell: ‘Cooperation’ Shaping Up Nicely for Corrections Boss

As her client entered a not guilty plea, Jackson attorney Lisa Ross hit the nail on the head. She used “shakedown” to describe the flavor of Mississippi’s unraveling corrections outrage. Exactly. The judicial wheeling and dealing continues. The big fly may avoid being swatted. In November 2014, Christopher Epps, respected by his…

August 2, 2016 with 1 Comment
Mitchell: Hollow H.B. 1523 Makes a Sturdy Stump for Politics

Mitchell: Hollow H.B. 1523 Makes a Sturdy Stump for Politics

In 1994 former Attorney General Mike Moore laid out a plan to force tobacco companies to reimburse Mississippi the cost of treating people with smoking-related illnesses. When he did, then-Gov. Kirk Fordice made a competing dash for the courthouse. Fordice’s mission was to ask the state Supreme Court to decree no lawsuit could be filed…

July 26, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: Two Hopefuls Just Looking for a Bit of Advice

Mitchell: Two Hopefuls Just Looking for a Bit of Advice

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren… Part One: Dear Ann; I need some advice. I have led a very active, very public life. Early on, I was active as a Goldwater Girl, promoting the candidacy of the late senator from Arizona. A few years later, I was on the board of directors […]…

July 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: For Sport, Follow the Bouncing (Technology) Ball

Mitchell: For Sport, Follow the Bouncing (Technology) Ball

Some say “leapfrog.” Tennis terms are better. Technology serves an update. The return can be a lob, or it could be a rocket. But there is always a return. No aces. Then another serve, then another return. It really could be a sport, this one-upping the permeates our daily lives. This month, with limited fanfare, […]…

July 12, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: Well-Run Towns Usually Have Well-Run Newspapers

Mitchell: Well-Run Towns Usually Have Well-Run Newspapers

It’s just true. And time hasn’t changed it: Find a well-run, stable or progressive community and it will be served by a well-run local newspaper. The Mississippi Press Association is observing its 150th birthday this year. Members gathered last month in Biloxi to toast the milestone. Clearly, much has changed in the industry since a…

July 5, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: It’s OK for Little Kids to Sit Around and Wonder

Mitchell: It’s OK for Little Kids to Sit Around and Wonder

Quiz: Parent One has little kids who often complain of being bored. Parent Two has little kids who are active, involved in everything, have a schedule tighter than Hillary or Donald. Who is the better parent? Increasingly, researchers say Parent One is the winner. That runs headlong into the adage that idle hands are the […]…

June 28, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mitchell: Gun Control Discussions Are Rifled With Myths

Mitchell: Gun Control Discussions Are Rifled With Myths

Today’s National Rifle Association is a trade association — protecting manufacturers — yet masquerades as a grassroots citizen rights movement. Today’s NRA has convinced legions of people that the Second Amendment is absolute or near-absolute when in fact the making and selling of firearms is one of the most regulated industries…

June 21, 2016 with 4 Comments
Mitchell: Special Funds Grab Breaks Faith, Has Consequences

Mitchell: Special Funds Grab Breaks Faith, Has Consequences

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says it’s Obama’s fault, but state agency chiefs are pointing a disappointed finger at Reeves and legislators. For what? The Great Scrape of 2016. “It’s going to take at least a decade to fix this,” said Mike Chaney, insurance commissioner and former member of both the House and Senate. Here’s the…

June 14, 2016 with 1 Comment
Mitchell: College Sports May be State’s Major Growth Industry

Mitchell: College Sports May be State’s Major Growth Industry

Ole Miss and Mississippi State — this state’s two members of the Southeastern Conference — may be financial midgets when compared to most other SEC schools, but the size and scope of their athletics operations is staggering. Both are experiencing explosive financial growth. Both are economic engines for the state, employing…

June 7, 2016 with 0 Comments
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