Supreme Court unanimously reminds us Mississippi is a democracy

Charlie Mitchell

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. The court affirmed that public boards, councils and commissions violate the law when they split into small groups for closed huddles to keep their thoughts and plans under wraps.

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Summer adventure turned tide of American history

Charlie Mitchell

Summer was a happy time in the Mississippi Delta for 12-year-old Simeon Wright. It only became happier when Wright and his brothers were told a cousin, Bobo, would be visiting from Chicago.
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‘Keep the flag’ sentiment rests on shaky foundations

Charlie Mitchell

People opposed to changing Mississippi’s flag are standing on at least five false premises.
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The reusable plastic bag

Charlie Mitchell

Learning to text, to ask our phones for information and to instruct our cars to give us directions (and scold us for wrong turns) have been manageable. [Read more...]

Today, left and right confused with right and wrong

Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Faulk was patient. As the first managing editor to shepherd me, he had to be. He’s gone now – 27 years – but America and American journalism are in sore need of his gentle good humor and wisdom.
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Don’t forget history, but live today

Charlie Mitchell

Morgan Freeman, celebrated actor and thoughtful person, says forget about it. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, says if there are no markers where lynching took place there should be no monuments to those who fought to preserve slavery and injustice.
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Hope this disgraceful election was a bottoming out

Charlie Mitchell

“I let down … the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government but will think it is all too corrupt….”
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New formula for funding is not all public schools need

Charlie Mitchell

Interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Joyce Helmick made a great point. The topic was the state leadership’s apparent quest to abandon Mississippi’s existing K-12 funding formula, calling the formula antiquated and ineffective. Her comment was, “How do we know? It hasn’t been tried.”
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Two presidential hopefuls looking for a little advice

Charlie Mitchell

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren…
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Good papers are honest information brokers

Charlie Mitchell

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.

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