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County Commission-School Board May 16 agendas

The school board’s agenda for Monday night can be found here. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at Macclenny Elementary. The board is set to vote an abstinence-only sex education curriculum for 9th and 10th graders and the district’s new health insurance plan from United Healthcare.

And on the county commission’s agenda for the same evening, but starting at 5:00 pm:

• A recognition of Land Planning Agency members from Ed Preston, county planning director.

• Under persons wishing to appear are Pastor Randy Williams of First Baptist Church of Glen, and Brad Thoburn of the Regional Transportation Study Commission.

• County commissioners will consider bids for new and/or refurbished ambulances for Emergency Medical Services, and Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for Liberty Ambulance and the county’s EMS department.

Summer’s Way Too Short Story Contest

The Baker County Press is inviting young writers to submit entries for its first “Summer’s Way Too Short Story Contest.”

One winning short story will be selected by the newspaper’s staff from each school level — elementary, middle and high school — for publication in The Press. The author of the best overall story will also win a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Short stories may be fiction or nonfiction, but no more than 500 words, and writers must be students residing in Baker County, regardless of whether they attend home school, public or private school. The stories will be judged based on common story-telling pillars like plot, characters, setting and flow, but also grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Entries can be hand delivered to The Press office, 104 S. 5th St. in Macclenny, mailed to P.O. Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063 or e-mailed to reporter@bakercountypress.com.

City Commission’s May 10 agenda




May 10, 2011 6:00 PM



 A. Recognition of Robert Fletcher, Freddie Bennett and Terry Starling for an outstanding job on the Lowder Street Corridor and for their help in facilitating the joint effort of the County and City to make this project a success.
B. Proclamation declaring May 2011 “Older Americans Month”.
C. Proclamation declaring May 14th Korean & Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day.
D. Margaret McGauley and Sam Kitchings will be present to discuss what is going on at the YMCA.
E. Approval of Resolution #11-08: a resolution for a memorandum of agreement between the City of Macclenny and Florida Department of Transportation for sidewalks for safe routes to schools.
F. First Reading of Ordinance No. 11-06: an ordinance creating Section 13-98 Fund Raising Yard Sales.
G. The City of Macclenny is pursuing condemnation of a mobile home located at 55 Barber Road Lot 10 owned by Kelvin Manning.
H. The City of Macclenny is pursuing condemnation of a home located at 383 Jerry Circle owned by Yaseen Valliani.
I. The City of Macclenny is pursuing condemnation of a home located at 615 S. 9th Street.

Republicans’ one-sided budget policy

Somebody needs to give Congressional Republicans a lesson in accounting. Newsflash guys, a balance sheet has two sides, just like your warped brains.

If the US Department of the Treasury could get a nickle every time a conservative governor or legislator says, “We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” then we wouldn’t have any problems.

Of course we have a revenue problem. The economy fell off a cliff, which it seems to do once every decade, and it’s coming back, however slowly.

Less cash changing hands means less taxation and fewer resources for the government, the church, the grocer and Bill Gates, who by the way didn’t become a billionaire by not spending money. As the tired cliche goes, it takes greenbacks to make greenbacks.

And while I’m not saying government is in the business of making money, it is in the business of providing goods and services in return for all these bloody taxes and fees we pay.

The trick is not wasting the people’s hard earned tax money by letting Mr. Gates only pay social security taxes on the first $125,000 he makes every year or failing to means test Medicare or subsidizing oil exploration in the gulf. Why can’t I pay social security taxes on less than 1 percent of my annual income?

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