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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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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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