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Past articles by Charlie:

Out with the old, in with the new. Charlie Mitchell makes predictions, says farewell

The first weekly opinion column I wrote was on Labor Day 1986. In the 32 years since, much has changed in journalism and in readers’ habits. → Read More

Hyde-Smith more than 'girl senator from Mississippi.' That's why hanging comment mattered.

Everybody knows racism isn’t always overt. Yet some don’t or refuse to realize the effect of singling people out for no reason betray a fixed bias. → Read More

Two ways to go with local special sales tax levies

Do we trust locals to make the best decisions for themselves? → Read More

Informed communities are the best communities

The newspaper business model has always been, in a word, atypical. → Read More

Mississippi folks are the first to step up when disaster strikes

The people of Mississippi always step in to help each other → Read More

8 weeks until Mississippi elects 2 senators

It’s very rare to select both senators on the same day, but that’s how things have shaped up. → Read More

Is a lottery a tax? Yes. In fact, it is the holy grail in the art of taxation.

Inasmuch as it provides dollars for the public treasury, a lottery is a tax — even if payment is optional since no one has to buy a lottery ticket. → Read More

Voters should not be happy with state budget priorities, economic growth

USA TODAY reports that Mississippi is the only state in the South that lost population in 2017. → Read More

Sooner or later, Mississippi will legalize marijuana, just like it did whiskey.

It may come as a surprise to people that Mississippi was second only to Alaska in “decriminalizing” marijuana in the 1970s. → Read More

Some not entertained by Tate Reeves, Jim Hood road kerfuffle

The losers in this whole mess are the ones having to detour around closed roads and bridges that can't be fixed because of spending elsewhere. → Read More

‘Roadgate’ has promise as issue in governor’s race

It’s pretty clear the lieutenant governor wants this all to go away, and the sooner the better. Perhaps it will. → Read More

Hardball Haley Barbour ready to deal on immigration

Haley Barbour has a plan for immigration. → Read More

Heavenly: State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Mississippians’ pockets stand to become an estimated $100 million lighter, but the diehards in power can humbly point out they did not raise taxes. → Read More

America was designed to be a work in progress

Not simple or easy, but sometimes we forget that America will always be a work in progress. → Read More

Brexit: High international intrigue visits Oxford, Starkville

If there’s a lesson in all this it’s that impoverished states should not be too eager. → Read More

People don't vote because they are isolated in their digital worlds

Our digital worlds are fast becoming where we live; fast becoming our only worlds. → Read More

Consequences: Is Morgan Freeman being treated fairly?

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

Bennie Thompson, Mike Espy: Different guys, different approaches

But no one should harbor any notion that these two black men, Thompson and Espy, have anything more in common than any two random white men. → Read More

Economy still voters’ major issue on election day

Candidates would be well-advised to watch rising gas prices and employment rates. → Read More

Study: Oxford is a good example of small-town success

Oxford grew from 9,292 people in 1970 to 33,875 in 2016. → Read More