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Lynn Spruill: A city Halloween policy?

Posted 10/24/2014 in Local Columns

We are rapidly approaching one of the best excuses to have candy around the house.

 

Lynn Spruill: House poor

Posted 10/17/2014 in Local Columns

I recently had a conversation with a friend who expressed personal concerns over being a home owner.

 

Lynn Spruill: Dominion and control

Posted 10/10/2014 in Local Columns

I watched mesmerized from my office window the other afternoon.

 

Lynn Spruill: What if?

Posted 10/3/2014 in Local Columns

What if the rule "use it or lose it" extended to voting?

 

Lynn Spruill: The quest for acceptance

Posted 9/27/2014 in Local Columns

There has been more than one postmortem written about Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings over the past few weeks. Without question employee-paid insurance has created a division between some residents in our community. It is a cautionary tale that deserves a few more words.

 

Lynn Spruill: Plus none

Posted 9/19/2014 in Local Columns

And who said government wasn't entertaining. We could have sold tickets to the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night and probably paid off the Park Commission's budget deficit.

 

Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

 

Lynn Spruill: Labor day

Posted 9/5/2014 in Local Columns

It has come and gone and for most it was just an opportunity to have an extra day off to hit the sales racks or grill out.

 

Lynn Spruill: Meditation

Posted 8/29/2014 in Local Columns

I was channel surfing through a morning program not too long ago and stopped long enough to hear a guest discussing meditation with the CBS hosts. There was the obligatory Harvard doctor who was doing research on the benefits of meditation and then there was a hip-hop mogul who was hawking his book on the subject.

 

Lynn Spruill: Nextdoor

Posted 8/25/2014 in Local Columns

As I have mentioned before, I am not a huge Facebook user. I have a page, but I always thought the best use for Facebook is getting "Happy Birthday" wishes from long-lost friends and being able to say thank you for them en masse.

 

Lynn Spruill: Summer has come and gone

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Columns

Each season has its own special character. Summer always was and I guess to me it always will be June, July and August, the months when school was out.

 

Lynn Spruill: A turning point for downtown?

Posted 8/8/2014 in Local Columns

One of our aldermen has expressed a troublesome and sad view of the future of our downtown. He believes that downtown is doomed to mundane daytime activity and total nighttime irrelevance. That view, while certainly possible, if not probable, is a challenge this board should meet head-on.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lest we forget

Posted 8/1/2014 in Local Columns

As part of my active (as opposed to financial) volunteer pledge this year I have chosen to work with the Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Oct. 12. Medical literature distinguishes between the types of dementia, but the details of the ravages of this ever more common disease are astounding.

 

Lynn Spruill: A practice that's got to stop

Posted 7/25/2014 in Local Columns

On the agenda of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, was a payment for Carver Drive. Alderman Perkins voted against paying for that work already accomplished on his ward's most significant project. Joining him was Alderman Vaughn. Why?

 

Lynn Spruill: City shouldn't bank on this bad idea

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

A late-developing plan to put the police department into the Cadence Bank building seems to be a fait accompli. Not only has this train left the station, it's so far down the line, it is almost out of sight. And most likely it won't be stalled no matter what counterproposals might be offered, but I can't help myself. I have to stand on the track and wave a red flag.

 

Lynn Spruill: Yes, the city is in the county

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

When I was a city employee it was always extremely frustrating to hear a resident complain about the high taxes that citizens of Starkville paid.

 

Lynn Spruill: Carole's joie de vivre

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Columns

There have already been tributes written to Carole and I'm sure there will be more. Each of us has our own stories about this loving and exuberant woman.

 

Lynn Spruill: Rivals, yes, but fellow Mississippians, too

Posted 6/13/2014 in Local Columns

Some aspects of the rivalry between Ole Miss and State leaves me baffled. Don't misunderstand; as long as MSU is playing Ole Miss, there is no contest. MSU is the choice over Ole Miss hands down.

 

Lynn Spruill: Exercise is for the mind

Posted 6/6/2014 in National Columns

There was a jogger the other day trotting down Starkville's Main Street and he conjured up a dreadful case of jealousy that lingers even now.

 

Lynn Spruill: The apprentice system

Posted 5/30/2014 in Local Columns

The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.

 

 

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