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‘Shifting sands’ of Oldcastle

Dear Editor:

Weathermen and sand miners. I’ve always asserted that if you wanted to hear a good falsehood to just listen to a weatherman’s report.
Seems of late one could also listen to sand mining companies and/or their representatives. Or better yet, read their propaganda conveniently mailed to us.

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Where have all the ‘heroes’ gone?

I read a very interesting article this week about the Aaron Hernandez story. Hernandez, as you probably know, is the former Gator and New England Patriot tight end accused of murdering a member of his entourage two weeks ago and a person of interest in other shootings.

Jason Whitlock, the often controversial ESPN columnist, made an interesting point tying the Hernandez shootings to a fundamental change in our culture.

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Lawmakers likened to ‘rear guard’ generals

More random jottings of a troubled mind.

Stuff is constantly rattling around in my head that isn’t fully formed enough to make a full column but certainly merits mentioned because of its general oddness.

• Speaking of general oddness, let’s throw a shout in the direction of the Florida Legislature. Our lawmakers in their infinite wisdom continue to tinker with public education.

Full disclosure: I am a school teacher and have been most of my life. Being on the front lines, we foot soldiers battling ignorance have a pretty decent idea of what works and what doesn’t.

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Income, diet and health are connected

We are what we eat. Truer words were never spoken.

Not literally, of course. But suffice it to say what you ingest will affect your body in one way or another. And when you’re broke, you eat on the cheap. Here in America, cheap usually means eating the most unhealthy foods and drinks available.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I recently converted to a largely organic diet. I feel great, have more energy, sleep better and lost 10 pounds in 30 days.

This will not be a diatribe on healthy eating, mostly.

Instead, let’s look at how economic status affects diet, and by extension one’s health.

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