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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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Verizon responds to queries about snooping

I’m a big fan of the CBS drama Person of Interest in which a giant super-computer operated by some shadowy government agency like the National Security Agency (NSA) charts every piece of communication that floats out into cyberspace via the Internet or cell phones or security cameras.

I also wondered from time to time whether such a thing was real. Wonder no more.

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Disagrees that GOP is ‘divisive’

Dear Editor:

I have been a Republican my entire life and a member of the Baker County Republican Party the last several years. I have watched with great pride as our local party grew from about 10 people at meetings to an average of 35-40.
I was surprised and disappointed that Joel Addington insinuated that we are “divisive” and “extreme” based on the opinion of one person. As with any group, political or otherwise, people come and go for a variety of reasons personal and professional.

Republicans believe in school prayer, a strong national defense, limited government and a balanced budget. We believe that government at all levels should not squander tax dollars. We believe Omamacare should be repealed and our border should be closed. We believe that life begins at conception and that we have a constitutional right to bear arms.

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