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Mr. Harper, 76, of Callahan dies

Raymond Edward Harper, 76, of Callahan died unexpectedly April 18, 2011. He was born in Anniston, Alabama, served in the Air Force and worked as a civilian instructor in air traffic control. He subsequently worked as an air traffic controller and retired after 30 years.

Mr. Harper graduated from Anniston High School and from Jones Business College in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree. He was an active member of the Westside Democrat Club, and was known as a true friend to those that knew him, always there to lend a helping hand, no matter the time of day or night.

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Republicans’ one-sided budget policy

Somebody needs to give Congressional Republicans a lesson in accounting. Newsflash guys, a balance sheet has two sides, just like your warped brains.

If the US Department of the Treasury could get a nickle every time a conservative governor or legislator says, “We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” then we wouldn’t have any problems.

Of course we have a revenue problem. The economy fell off a cliff, which it seems to do once every decade, and it’s coming back, however slowly.

Less cash changing hands means less taxation and fewer resources for the government, the church, the grocer and Bill Gates, who by the way didn’t become a billionaire by not spending money. As the tired cliche goes, it takes greenbacks to make greenbacks.

And while I’m not saying government is in the business of making money, it is in the business of providing goods and services in return for all these bloody taxes and fees we pay.

The trick is not wasting the people’s hard earned tax money by letting Mr. Gates only pay social security taxes on the first $125,000 he makes every year or failing to means test Medicare or subsidizing oil exploration in the gulf. Why can’t I pay social security taxes on less than 1 percent of my annual income?

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Which corporations pay Florida’s corporate income tax? Not all of them

As an aside to this week’s poll question at www.bakercountypress.com, Florida’s corporate income tax is not paid by many corporations. Only traditional so-called C corps must pay it.

S corps and the ever more common LLCs and LLPs do not pay any state income tax. Their profits are declared as personal income of their owners, and of course, Florida has no personal income tax.

That said, the state’s corprate income tax is still the second highest revenue generator behind the sales tax. It accounts for something like $3 billion of the state’s roughly 70 billion-dollar budget.

As you might expect, in a state built on commerce, when the economy goes into its once-a-decade recession, Florida runs out of money to fund things like educating its kids, taking care of its elderly and maintaining its roads. All of this is explained pretty well here.

Don Welch, 80, retired Navy vet

Don Welch, 80, retired Navy vet

Donald “Don” Maynard Welch, 80, of Macclenny died April 21, 2011.

He was born in Burlington, Vermont to William Maynard and Eva Provost Welch on July 20, 1930. He was a resident of Baker County since 1990 after moving from Middleburg, and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Welch joined the Navy in 1947 and retired after 20 years of honorable service in 1967. He worked for 14 years for Southern Wine and Spirits of Jacksonville before retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Macclenny Moose Lodge #2412 and the American Legion. He enjoyed golf, trips to Biloxi, MS, yard work, fishing and camping. He was predeceased by brother Andy Blow.

Survivors include his loving wife of 16 years, Lavada Welch of Macclenny; children Donald Welch of Jacksonville, Carol Welch and Kelly Garcia, both of San Jose, CA, Susie Welch of Watertown, SD; step-children Sheila Brooks, Bruce Hodges and Robert Hodges, all of Macclenny and Chuck Roth of Valdosta, GA; brothers Edwin (JoAnn) Blow and Carl Blow; grandchildren Raymond Garcia, Chelsea Welch, Ashley Hodges, Aaron Brooks, Taylor Hodges and Chase Bennett; step-grandchildren Dustin, Danyelle and Devin.

A memorial service was held April 25 at 7:00 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny with celebrant Father Jose Maniyangat officiating.

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