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Dorothy Clark of Defuniak Springs

Dorothy Clark of Defuniak Springs, FL, 67, died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at home with her family by her bedside after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 20, 1944 in Jacksonville to Ervin and Dorothy Green Nobles.

Mrs. Clark was a Baptist  and enjoyed painting, spending time with her family, friends and with her dog “Lucy.” She was a very giving and loving person and always kept a good sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father; grandchildren Alex Martin and Carolyn Clark.

Survivors include her mother Dorothy B. Nobles of Hilliard; loving husband of 47 years Lonnie S. Clark of DeFuniak Springs; son Lonnie T. Clark of DeFuniak Springs; daughters Regina A. Clark of Laurel Hill and Joyce Clark of DeFuniak Springs; brothers Willie (Janet) Nobles, Ray (Sonya) Nobles; grandchildren Rory Clark and Caitlin Clark.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on July 31 at Guerry Funeral Home. Interment followed at Brandy Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bobby Booth, 81, dry waller

Robert Stephen “Bobby” Booth, 81, of Glen St. Mary died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the V.A. Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was a native of Homerville, Georgia and had resided in Jacksonville for many years before moving to Glen St. Mary 22 years ago.

He was a self-employed dry wall installer in the construction industry for over 40 years until his retirement in 1997.

Mr. Booth was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Cuyler, a loving father, wonderful husband and loving grandfather, a member of the Camp Branch Hunting Club of Fargo, Georgia and an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by parents Jesse Leonard Booth and Eunice Inez Barlow Booth; daughter Andela Beth Pharr.

Survivors include wife Geraldine J. Booth of Glen St. Mary; daughters Kathy Lang of Jacksonville, Bobbie Jane Conner of Glen St. Mary, Gloria Hutzler of Middleburg and Teresa Youmans of Memphis; son Hoke Steven Booth of Hampton, SC; sister Mary E. Reibow of Lansing, MI; brother Waver D. Booth of Jacksonville Beach; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on August 1 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Worthington officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery.

The facts were distorted

Dear Editor:

I find myself in the unfortunate position of having to clarify my comments regarding the expansion of the Baker County Health Department’s dental wing due to an effort to distort the facts by persons within the department’s administration.

I fully support medical and dental care for indigent citizens in Baker County. To do otherwise would be inhumane.

I never said I spoke to “all” nor did I specifically name any dentist in Baker County who stated he or she was against the expansion [from four to eight dental chairs], contrary to what [BCHD assistant director] Terrenia Staier or [director] Kerry Dunlavey implied or said after a flurry of calls.

What I did say can be located on page eight of the [county commission] minutes, to wit: “I do know that the ones that I spoke to specifically said that they did not support it.”

That means I had not spoken to “all” and the expansion would only be opposed if there was an intention to accept private insurance or self-pay at a reduced rate due to a belief it would negatively impact private practice.

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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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