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Dealing with government regulations, policies

Local columnist T.J. Ray looks at decisions made by local committees, commissions and boards and explains how those decisions are often made and exactly where and how the general public can affect change in regulations and policies. (September 26, 2014, Page 4)

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    Debate, input on key issues important to all

    While there’s still a decision to be made by Oxford’s Board of Aldermen, it’s good to see a lot of inout and debate on the issue of development in the community. It’s government at its finest. (September 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Helping our retirees

      “Our View” takes a look at budget needs of the Leisure Lifestyle program that could require senior citizens to contribute monthly, and calls for local leaders to step up to help the growing retiree population that brings so much to the community. (August 27, 2014, Page 4)

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        Developers’ moves make for interesting news

        Since not all projects approved by governmental committees and commissions ever come to fruition, should anything about those plans be reported? That’s the question Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at today. (July 2, 2014, Page 4)

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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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