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Inching toward consolidation

It’s encouraging to hear — even if it’s just a trickle at this point — that local government agencies are receptive to consolidation beyond the services delivered by the county to all citizens of Baker County.

If there is anything more apparent in this era of expanding services and declining revenues, it’s that duplicity needs to be eliminated wherever possible.

If this writer had his way, we’d already have consolidated county-city government. From a practical standpoint, it’ll likely take years but 2011 is a great time to start.

An article in this week’s newspaper talks about Macclenny and Baker County teaming up on a bid for propane gas and realizing a substantial savings by doing so. Bravo.

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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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