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Letter: Leave Shoals Park trails alone

Dear Editor:

We waited years and had many delays before getting a good place to ride our 4-wheelers. Unfortunately it lasted a very short time before Shoals Park was closed to repair the roads and stayed closed for months and months with no word on when it would reopen (just try to get information about it). Now we see that it will reopen in January (maybe) after extensive road repairs and a lot of money spent. We 4-wheelers don’t want smooth, graded roads — that’s the idea of off-road. Leave the trails alone, forget about fees and just let people have fun without a lot of government messing around in it.

Mitch Holloway in Macclenny

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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