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Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.


Lynn Spruill: Budgetary ESP

Posted 9/18/2015 in Local Columns

I don't know what got into the water this year that both the county and the city were secretive about the budget numbers they were developing.


Lynn Spruill: Convictions have consequences

Posted 9/11/2015 in Local Columns

This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.


Lynn Spruill: E911 and police should share digs

Posted 9/4/2015 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County is struggling over relocating E911 and balancing their mandate to provide the new Starkville Consolidated School District enough space to house their expanded administrative services.


Lynn Spruill: Starkville's sentinel, Alvin Turner

Posted 8/28/2015 in Local Columns

Recently the Starkville Board of Aldermen agenda included a proposal from none other than Alderman Lisa Wynn to severely restrict the citizens' ability to exercise free speech during board meetings.


Lynn Spruill: 'The Infidelity Group'

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Trusting our elected officials is extremely hard to do under any circumstances these days, but usually you have a better feel and sense of reliance on your elected neighbors with whom you share the daily common experience of living in a small Southern town.


Lynn Spruill: An evening at justice court

Posted 8/14/2015 in Local Columns

During one of the recent citizen forum nights for justice court judge candidates, Judge William "Tony" Boykin, currently a sitting justice court judge for District 1 in Oktibbeha County, invited the audience to attend a court proceeding to see how justice is dispensed in the "peoples' court."


Lynn Spruill: Educated voting choices

Posted 8/7/2015 in Local Columns

Our most recent election has more than a few of us scratching our heads and musing about what in the world happened on the democratic side of the governor's race.


Lynn Spruill: What they deserve

Posted 7/31/2015 in Local Columns

Apparently four of the Starkville Board of Aldermen are still convinced they deserve a whopping 33 percent additional pay for the staggering amount of part time work they do for their constituents. If you detect sarcasm in my tone, we're communicating.


Lynn Spruill: Celebrity(?) waiter

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

My mother wasn't known for her cooking skills. She made a pretty good casserole or two and had a baked bean recipe that I remember fondly, but at home I lived off of cheese toast and pop tarts starting at an early age.


Lynn Spruill: No vote for no shows

Posted 7/17/2015 in Local Columns

Woody Allen is credited with saying "80 percent of life is just showing up."


Lynn Spruill: Political signs: the medium and its message

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

The Canadian futurist Marshall McLuhan was famous for the phrase, "the medium is the message." Nowhere is this more true when it comes to political signs in local races.


Lynn Spruill: Journey's end

Posted 7/3/2015 in Local Columns

It took me three weeks to even begin to write this and a lot longer to complete it.


Lynn Spruill: A change long overdue

Posted 6/26/2015 in Local Columns

Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.


Lynn Spruill: Starkville's Citizens Police Academy

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

To Chief Nichols credit, he has recently begun several community outreach efforts.


Lynn Spruill: Lawmaking without attribution

Posted 6/12/2015 in Local Columns

Not too long ago if you looked at a Starkville Board meeting electronic packet you would be able to tell which alderman of the seven had asked for any particular item to be placed on the agenda.


Lynn Spruill: Our fast approaching (and inevitable) E-democracy

Posted 6/5/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.


Lynn Spruill: Term limits

Posted 5/29/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past 30 years or so I have had many a discussion about the pros and cons of term limits.


Lynn Spruill: Memorial Day

Posted 5/22/2015 in Local Columns

We have another holiday and another opportunity for a long weekend with maybe a cookout to celebrate an end to the school year or just a good day to sleep in.


Lynn Spruill: Hometown dedication

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.



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