Opinion Columns & Blogs

Charlie Mitchell

Slot machines, taxes have much in common

Income tax season is over for another year, meaning most people are no longer thinking about how much Mississippi and Uncle Sam claim from their wages — which, of course, is just how Mississippi and Uncle Sam like it. It’s a natural thing. We look at our checks, not the list of deductions.

Charlie Mitchell

State’s K-12 teachers seem to have other priorities

The last mass protest by Mississippi teachers was in 1985. This year, with summer approaching and the Legislature adjourned, there’s no sense that state teachers will ramp up to march on the Capitol for more pay as their counterparts have been doing in other rural states — West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

How does the US bail system work?

The purpose of bail is to give a defendant financial incentive to show up for court. But how exactly does it work?