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Headed toward ‘Land of Free, Home of the Stoned’?

I think I see where this is headed.

This week we learn the U.S. Department of Justice — that bastion of selective enforcement under Eric Holder — is signaling it wants to clear the federal prison system of “non-violent” drug offenders (never mind that most have pleaded down from serious crimes). Kinda like it’s clearing the penal system of ICE inmates who have committed crimes. Read More »

The ‘pinky promise’ gives it true gravity

“I want a clean fight,” the referee told the boxers. “No head butting; no hitting below the belt. When the bell to end the round rings, I want both of you to go straight to your corners. Is that understood?”

The boxers nod.

“All right. Then let’s pinky promise and have a good fight.” Read More »

Sleep emerging as ‘issue’ of aging

Bob Gerard- My Side of the Matter

I’ve been married for almost 33 years, so you would think that I wouldn’t be surprised by very much. But this is an actual conversation from the Gerard household last night.
“Wake up,” my wife says as she nudges me.
“What?”
“Are you awake?”
“Yes. Why?”
“It’s dark,” she answers.
I look at the lighted dial of my watch. It’s 4 am.
“It’s supposed to be dark.”
“No,” she says. “It’s very, very dark.”
“Uh huh.” Read More »

Time to re-think recreation plan

Jim McGauley- Impressions

Two recent developments — the ongoing turmoil over use of existing public ballfields and the recent exit of the First Coast YMCA from the scene except for fee-based sports — would seem to present us with a golden opportunity.
It’s time to re-think the entire public recreation picture in Baker County.
The county commission, unless it prefers unbounded discussions during its meetings about who gets to use the ballfields when, should take the initiative and reach out to the City of Macclenny to form a consolidated recreation department.
Remnants of the YMCA organization (a local board of directors still exists) should be brought into the mix as well, with or without cooperation from the First Coast organization that, if I was a betting man, probably is looking for a way of pulling out of Baker County altogether.
Good riddance. Read More »

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