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City pact as good as endorsing

Dear Editor:

Once again our leaders have failed us.

The City of Macclenny voted unanimously to contract with Oldcastle for using the “grey water” for their sand mining operations. This quite literally is a overwhelming “two thumbs up” for sand mining by the city leaders.

When the majority of the residents have said “No” time and time again to sand mining, our city leaders go ahead and sign a contract with this company. Whether it is for ulterior motives (i.e. money under the table) or just simply because the city leaders don’t want to have to deal with the “grey water” issue, the simple fact is that it is not the place for Macclenny to be endorsing or signing a contract with a company before the issue has been settled with the residents and the county.

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My new eyeglasses are ‘outta sight’

Bob Gerard and his new spectacles.

Bob Gerard and his new spectacles.

I am staring at life through my new “retro” glasses.

They are new because … well, they are. They are retro because they look like a throwback to 1959. Which, of course, makes me look like a throwback to 1959.

I’m not so sure about looking like I could have hung around with Marty McFly in Back to the Future or sang with Jerry Lee Lewis’ backup band. But my wife likes them and I guess that’s what counts.

As a matter of fact, she picked out the Ray-Bans last week when I went in to see why everything was a blur out of my right eye. The reason was that I hadn’t changed out these Coke bottles in five years.

While I was getting my eyes checked, Kelley was browsing and scheming.

“Hey, Doc, how come I’m having trouble seeing at night?”

“Because you’re getting older if you haven’t noticed.”

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Oldcastle on firm ground, Jahna not so much

The Baker County Commission will now turn its attention back to whether it should approve a special exception to allow sand mining southeast of Macclenny on a 437-acre tract off SR 228.

The proposal to permit Oldcastle Southern Group of Tampa was tabled last year pending issuance of permits by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, a process now complete. The state says it’s okay and the question now rebounds back to two local boards: the Land Planning Agency and the commission.

Thanks to some creative problem solving, the matter of drawing out water from the aquifer for the mining process is now mute. Oldcastle and the City of Macclenny last week entered into a half-century pact to pipe treated wastewater to the mining site.

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New Trek films rival the classics

Back when I was in junior high school, NBC aired Star Trek for the first time. I was a huge science fiction fan, but most of what passed for television science fiction was junk like Land of the Giants and Lost in Space. The only things worth seeing up to that point had been Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

Imagine my shock when I watched the first episode of Star Trek and saw a thoughtful show that was well acted and not filled with too many cheesy monsters and even cheesier villains. I was hooked.

I still am, and am pleased to say that Star Trek Into Darkness lives up to its hype and pedigree. Once again, director J.J. Abrams has created an appealing, well-acted, and very exciting new edition to the Star Trek lexicon.

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