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Robert Combs Sr., retired welder

Robert Allen Combs Sr., 70, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died January 3, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville with family by his side. He was born in Baker County on August 13, 1942 to the late Alton Combs, Sr. and Gertie Mae Thomas Combs. Robert was a member of the Christian Fellowship Temple and he preached at Christian United Church of Macclenny for many years. He retired from the Department of Transportation in 1983 after 25 years of dedicated service as a welder.

Robert enjoyed studying the Bible, singing, playing the guitar, banjo and mandolin, listening to Bluegrass music, whittling with wood, welding and working on small engines. He also enjoyed hunting, watching wrestling and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was also known to worry about his children. Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Alton Combs, Jr. and his nephew, Mitchell Combs.

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2012: no sorrow at your passing

As we near the end of 2012 I have the flu.

No surprise — it’s been that kind of year.

I can’t say I’ll be terribly unhappy that 2012 is done and through. It has been an odd year to say the least. Here are some things that I won’t miss.

√ The presidential campaign. It actually started the day after Barack Obama was elected in 2008 but it really kicked into high gear this year and dominated the news all the way up to the November election and beyond, thanks again to Florida.

It was nasty as all get out and everybody wanted change of some sort or another.

If you believed the commercials all the candidates on both sides were liberal/radical socialists/ultra right wingers who wanted to raise taxes while at the same time turning their backs on our senior citizens, soldiers, gun owners, teachers, Medicare  and Social Security recipients.

In the process both sides desperately preached “real change” as opposed to your run of the mill “changy change.” They spent in the neighborhood of 3 billion dollars and got – absolutely nothing. From the looks of this fiscal cliff debacle all they got for their billions is more of the same.

It’s a strange thing. In a circus, clowns make you laugh. The clowns on Capital Hill make you want to cry.

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