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Income, diet and health are connected

We are what we eat. Truer words were never spoken.

Not literally, of course. But suffice it to say what you ingest will affect your body in one way or another. And when you’re broke, you eat on the cheap. Here in America, cheap usually means eating the most unhealthy foods and drinks available.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I recently converted to a largely organic diet. I feel great, have more energy, sleep better and lost 10 pounds in 30 days.

This will not be a diatribe on healthy eating, mostly.

Instead, let’s look at how economic status affects diet, and by extension one’s health.

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City pact as good as endorsing

Dear Editor:

Once again our leaders have failed us.

The City of Macclenny voted unanimously to contract with Oldcastle for using the “grey water” for their sand mining operations. This quite literally is a overwhelming “two thumbs up” for sand mining by the city leaders.

When the majority of the residents have said “No” time and time again to sand mining, our city leaders go ahead and sign a contract with this company. Whether it is for ulterior motives (i.e. money under the table) or just simply because the city leaders don’t want to have to deal with the “grey water” issue, the simple fact is that it is not the place for Macclenny to be endorsing or signing a contract with a company before the issue has been settled with the residents and the county.

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Health insurance increases 25 percent

The Baker County Commission will soon have to decide how to absorb a roughly half-a-million dollar hit to an already tight budget from rising health insurance costs.

The county is currently eyeing a 25 percent increase in health insurance premiums for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1.

None of the county’s options are good, says County Manager C.J. Thompson, a former health insurance executive with Florida Blue, formerly Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. He’s been busy preparing for the commission’s budget workshop on July 16, when the board will get its first crack at the proposed spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Van strikes three other vehicles; two injured

The green van to the right of the logging truck above, driven by Tsuneko Kim, hit three other vehicles at the intersection of US 90 and Lowder Street about 9:30 the morning of June 25.

Cpl. Coty Crews of the sheriff’s department said Ms. Kim, the at-fault driver, and the van’s passenger, 12-year-old Katie Hodges, sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Fraser ER.

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