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Texas, California could mimic Scots

Here’s an interesting thing that is happening on Thursday that has all of us with Scottish blood flowing through our veins very interested. Voters across Scotland will cast their ballots for independence from Great Britain. Read More »

Replacing parents in the classrooms

According to our Mike Anderson, the theme of the recently proposed “behavior” curriculum in Baker County schools is this: Good choices lead to good consequences; bad choices lead to risky behavior, which leads to bad consequences.

No joke? Read More »

The ‘kicked can’ isn’t going to go away

Impressions
Jim McGauley

Impressions

The Baker County Commission, in the words of our Mike Anderson, “kicked the can down the road” last week when it voted in a $27.5 million budget for the coming fiscal year, eschewing a property tax increase in favor of the less painful dip into reserve funds to balance the difference between spending and revenue.
What the commissioners did, though, was paint themselves into a corner 12 months from now when we can assume opposition to raising the millage rate above its present 7.29 level will be as strong, and the amount of surplus funds will have dipped to about $4 million. Sound fiscal policy would dictate it not be reduced further. Read More »

Support healthy cafeterias

Dear Editor:
With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches.
Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Read More »

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