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What’s less popular than Congress?

Here’s something to think about.

The U.S. Congress (for low-information voters, that’s the House and Senate) isn’t one of our best respected institutions. It may be due to, oh, things like not passing a budget in over three years while still spending above a trillion dollars a year more than revenues.

Or maybe people don’t like the fact that Congress generously pads its members  and staff with salary and benefit levels that far exceed us working shlubs, including lifetime benefits even for “one-termers.”

You know, things like that.

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Florence Burnsed, 71, of Moniac dies

Florence Rewis Burnsed, 71, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 9, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Hilliard, Florida on January 4, 1942 to the late E.D. Rewis and Stella Bradley Rewis. Florence was a resident of Moniac since 2004 after moving from Fernandina Beach. She was a loving mother and devoted wife who enjoyed rocking on her front porch chair, gardening and playing cards. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years, Willard “Wayne” Burnsed; brothers Broward, Clyde and Claude Rewis;  son-in-law Roger Altman; brother-in-law Earl Johns; and sisters-in-law Evelyn Raulerson and Ester Mae Yonn.

Mrs. Burnsed is survived by her loving children Donna Altman (Ray Bishop), Robert (Bonnie) McKenzie and Willard Enoch Burnsed, all of Fernandina Beach; brother Archie Rewis;  sisters Elizabeth Philman, Kathleen (Junior) Raulerson and Irma (Don) Sylvester; sister-in-law Ruth (Bill) Bates; brother-in-law Wade (Delores) Burnsed;  grandchildren David, Andrew, Kyle, Victoria, Tara, and Collin.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny. Interment followed at North Prong Cemetery.

Hong Nguyen, 55, dies on January 11

Hong Trang Nguyen, 55, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 11, 2013 at Shands Jacksonville. She was born in Vietnam on December 30, 1957 to the late UT Van Trang and LE LE Trang. Hong was a member of St. Mary’s  Catholic Church and enjoyed praying the Rosary and spending time at church.

Hong is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Cac Nguyen of Moniac; daughters Jennifer and Dianna Nguyen; grandson Sean Nguyen-Holly.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 12 at 1 pm at her church with Father Slawek as celebrant. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Potere, 88, dies January 9th

Joseph Potere, 88, of Macclenny died on January 9, 2013 at Life Care Center of Jacksonville with family by his side. He was one of eight children born in Long Island, New York on December 2, 1924 to the late Nicholas Potere and Angelina Tedesco Potere. He was a resident of Macclenny for the past 10 years after moving from Ocala.

Mr. Potere received the National Acclaimed Award for safely driving over 3 million miles as a truck driver. He loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankees fan who in his younger years played in the minor leagues. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, swing dancing and traveling to Las Vegas. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Joseph loved life and was the life of any party. He enjoyed being in the sunshine and loved the Lord. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, June Potere.

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