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Friday, April 18, 2014

Oxford Board of Aldermen

Letters to the Editor

Jane Russell writes to express the sadness and anger she felt after seeing video of a brawl outside the Lyric on regional TV news and hearing that the city planned to hire four more policemen at the expense of city taxpayers. (September 7, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Elizabeth Shiver and Brenda and Bill West write an open letter to city officials urging them to find a different way to deal with – or to pay for – security issues in downtown Oxford. (September 2, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

BMH-NM CEO Donald H. Hutson writes to thank local government officials for approving the sale of the lease for the local hospital and to say that the hospital looks forward to continuing to be a committed partner in the community. (June 10, 2011, Page 4A)

The triangular negotiating table

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the ongoing negotiations and work on a Memorandum of Understanding for the new hospital to be built by Baptist, offering his take on different parts of the agreement and where he thinks things could be headed with local health care. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Phyllis Campbell writes to say that she’s a “concerned citizen” and to point out that not all “concerned citizens” have the same feelings about a possible site for the new hospital, while Lena L. Ward writes to urge citizens to let their representatives know their priorities for funding different programs. (March 17, 2011, Page 4)

Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

‘Complete street’ policy studied for Oxford

Oxford City Planner Tim Akers is trying to follow up on one of the main discussions at the recent Sustainability Conference in Oxford by starting to draft a “complete streets” policy for city officials to consider. (January 14, 2011, Page 3A)

City proposes water, sewer rate hike

The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

Alcohol sales an issue in the cyberworld, too

Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg admits it – she’s an online game junkie. What’s she’s recently discovered, too, is that there is an uncanny similarity between the online world she plays in and the real one she lives in since there’s an issue about alcohol sales in both. After taking a look at the issue, she wonders if there might be more democracy in her gaming world. (June 10, 2010, Page 4)

City offers residents discount drug card

The Oxford Board of Alderman has agreed to enter into a free prescription discount card program with the National League of Cities that offers a discount  on the retail costs of medications not covered by insurance. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)

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