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Letter: Ditch health insurance benefits

Dear Editor:

I read with interest Commissioner James Croft’s proposal to save money by eliminating what commissioners get for travel and cell phones, saving about $9000 annually.

I don’t have a problem with them getting this because it is used to do their jobs effectively.

However, I agree with Commissioner Gordon Crews that more than $9000 a year can be saved by eliminating health insurance benefits. I don’t know what the county pays for it, but am willing to bet it’s over $1000 a month.

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Kudos to all those who saved her sanity

The daytime crowd at the pre-Christmas parade festival downtown.I had a life changing experience Saturday night. It’s a long story but suffice to say I am so glad I live in Baker County and we have a fantastic set of deputies and firemen working here.

My 4-year-old wandered off from my family while I was gone to retrieve my older child at the end of the Christmas Parade. From the time I learned he was missing till he was found seemed like forever, but it was only 13 minutes. A myriad of emotions washed over me in that time frame — what was he wearing; how do I tell his dad?

I was trying to think of where he might have gone. Was he trying to go to the fire station or was he hungry and went to the food booths? Had someone taken him and was he in one of the hundreds of cars trying to leave the area or would someone not see him in the dark and run over him?

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Warning for online holiday shopping

Last week, after years of avoiding it, I finally got a taste of that gluttonous Thanksgiving tradition — not turkey, not gravy and definitely not pumpkin pie, I stuff myself with those each and every year — no sir, I speak of Black Friday.

It was an unplanned but very orderly experience that was over within an hour. It wasn’t anything like the pandemonium you often hear associated with Black Friday, but then again, I was standing in line at midnight with a bunch of geeks at a Gamestop store to pick up something for my nephew.

I’d never even considered such a feat before, so it was nice to stick my toe in the proverbial pool and find out the water’s really not that cold. But I do intend to remain faithful, nonetheless, to online shopping at Christmas; it’s just so easy.

No lines, no crazy soccer moms, no crabby sales associates, and best of all, you can shop for just about anything without leaving your living room whilst updating your fantasy football lineup or checking your Facebook feed.

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Plenty to be thankful for this year

There’s a lot we’re thankful for in my house this year and I think that’s probably true throughout the county.

The thing about being thankful is that even when times are difficult it’s possible to find things to be grateful for over the year. I have some Facebook friends who are taking the month of November to do what they call a “Gratitude Journal.”

What a great idea. So many times we read about bad things or see terrible stories on the news. But sometimes it’s heartwarming to read the things that other people are grateful for and realize that there is a lot around us that is good.

So, though I’ll try not to get maudlin, here are some of the things that I’ve been happy about this year.

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