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Let people vote on it

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article last week on the county commission decision not to allow citizens to vote on Sunday liquor sales.

I am a born-again Christian and as such I can appreciate Commissioner Jimmy Anderson making his decision based on WWJD. I believe I can answer what Jesus would do because I know what He did.

He gave me the freedom to decide whether or not I wanted to become a Christian, and as such I have the freedom to choose daily if I wish to follow Him. Thankfully, His mercy is new every morning because I don’t always make the right choice, but it is my choice.

I believe the people of Baker County should have the privilege to decide for themselves what they want in their county, therefore taking the burden of that decision off the commissioners’ consciences.

Eva P. Redmon

Macclenny

Reminiscing with famed M.A.S.H. star

Kelley Lannigan and M.A.S.H.'s Klinger (Jamie Farr).It’s not everyday my path crosses with a true blue bona-fide movie star, but recently that’s exactly what happened.

To my great delight, I found myself sitting face-to-face with Jamie Farr, the actor who played the unforgettable character of Klinger on the smash hit television show M.A.S.H., which ran from 1972-83.

M.A.S.H. followed the daily routines of a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War, made Farr a huge star.

The conniving corporal Klinger was determined to escape the army by receiving a section 8 medical discharge for engaging in bizarre behavior while wearing women’s clothing. His goofy exploits and frequent wardrobe changes became a cornerstone of the show.

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Committee lauded for great 150th birthday observance

If you missed Saturday’s Sesquicentennial, you missed a really good time.

Granted it was scorching hot, but there was so much to do and see and it basically went off flawlessly thanks to a lot of hard work from the Baker County Historical Society and the event committee.

Chairman Larry Rosenblatt and his committee are to be congratulated for a job well done. To the casual observer, it seemed to go off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a really good time. I’m sure Larry and his crew of volunteers were on pins and needles the whole time. I hope they got a chance to enjoy themselves a little.

There was plenty to be proud of in the celebration and I think that a lot of people left the festivities glad that they live in Baker County. I know I did.

It kicked off with a wonderful parade that truly was a cross-section of what the county is all about.

The opening ceremony was stirring, with one of the best flyovers I’ve ever seen, from WWII-era T6 trainers. As the flyover went by there was a stirring version of the National Anthem from Sara Beth Gerard and God Bless America from Marcelle and Bethany Richardson and a release of red, white and blue balloons against the cloudless sky.

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Taking salary hike is, well, gutsy

It’s been a busy week for us at The Press with state investigators raiding a local doctor’s office known far and wide as the spot to obtain prescription pills pretty painlessly, the fast approaching Sesquicentennial party and county fair, and the death of a youth pastor whose good works here will not be soon forgotten, all on top of the more routine happenings that we cover week in and week out.

What I hope, for a number of reasons, doesn’t get lost in this week’s edition is the article about the potential salary increase for the county’s elected officials per a convoluted state formula with the underlying premise that those elected deserve more money if they represent more people.

First, it’s worth noting that county commissioners, constitutional officers and the school district’s leaders, all up for the raises, don’t sign their own paychecks, so to speak, as it’s often said that politicians line their pockets any chance they get. Rather, the salary changes originated from up on high in Tallahassee, which also insulates local officials from defending their salary levels.

The salary adjustments fluctuate from year to year, moving a few dollars one way or the other with population shifts, often not garnering much attention.

But this year the move upward, based on the county breaking the 27,000 population threshold in 2010, involved a few hundred dollars more, sparking the interest of an anonymous caller to our office wondering why the county could afford raises for elected officials, but not the jobs of two laid off administrative employees.

It’s often because of such calls that we become aware of stories we otherwise may have missed, or arrive at too late for it to be relevant. Would so many of the elected officials polled this week about whether they intended to accept or reject the extra compensation, have chosen the latter had The Press not come calling?

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