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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Best meeting time in the eye of beholder

Oxford Board of Aldermen meetings usually begin at 6 p.m. Starting in September, make that 5 p.m. Editor Don Whitten disagrees with that move and takes a look at why and why not to make the change. (July 26, 2013, Page 4A)

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    OPC makes positive first impression

    Want to get involved with local government and helping the community? As News Editor Jonathan Scott writes, you don’t have to wait until you’re old enough to vote. Scott points out a project by a local Girl Scout group that involved going before a local board, the Oxford Park Commission, for permission and approval and then following through to help improve things in the community. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)

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      Are times a-changin’ in LOU community?

      Editor Don Whitten wonders if there’s a new era of cooperation between local entities in the city, county and university coming on with talk of expansion of tennis courts in Oxford. (February 3, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Supervisors end term much as they began

        Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg, who covers county government for The EAGLE, takes a look back at the four-year term of the current Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. She notes controversial decisions by the board, individually and collectively, as well as major accomplishment that have helped the county. (December 9, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Changes could help lame duck supervisors situation

          Lame duck officials – those not re-elected to their current office but serving until new officials take office – are part of life and government. Editor Don Whitten offers a solution to dealing with the issue as he calls for changes in the fiscal year or when newly elected officials take office. (September 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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                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)

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