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Why are we supporting the hospital?

Dear Editor:

A number of years ago, Fraser Hospital made the decision to no longer participate as a provider in the retired military TriCare Prime medical insurance program.

As a result, unless it is a life-threatening emergency, anyone covered under Tricare Prime now has to travel 25 or more miles to receive urgent care. Over the last few years, my husband and I have had to go to a Jacksonville hospital ER or the Solantic/Avencia clinics in Jacksonville for injuries such as broken bones, lacerations requiring stitches, sprains etc.

It is pretty painful to travel 38 miles to the hospital with a broken foot, and extremely aggravating to know that less than five minutes from my home is the local county hospital that refuses to treat  me as a provider with my insurance company. Part of my county taxes go to support this hospital, but I can’t use it. Why are we supporting a hospital that refuses to accept the insurance of many of its county residents?

Debra Milner


Let people vote on it

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article last week on the county commission decision not to allow citizens to vote on Sunday liquor sales.

I am a born-again Christian and as such I can appreciate Commissioner Jimmy Anderson making his decision based on WWJD. I believe I can answer what Jesus would do because I know what He did.

He gave me the freedom to decide whether or not I wanted to become a Christian, and as such I have the freedom to choose daily if I wish to follow Him. Thankfully, His mercy is new every morning because I don’t always make the right choice, but it is my choice.

I believe the people of Baker County should have the privilege to decide for themselves what they want in their county, therefore taking the burden of that decision off the commissioners’ consciences.

Eva P. Redmon


Fair’s 2011 Star Search winners

The county fair closed last weekend with the finale of the Star Search contest and a dance under the pavilion the evening of October 8.

Pictured are the winners and runners up of the Star Search contest (from left to right) Alexander Pellum, runner up in the adult division, Nolan Quintello, winner in the junior division, Sondra Hunt, winner in the adult division and Karlee Nelson, winner in the children’s division.

The dance was hosted by M.R. Sunshine, a Jacksonville-based emcee and entertainer.

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