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The Emerald Star News March 22,2012 Edition

The Emerald Star News March 22,2012 Edition

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A Walton County, Florida based newspaper
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The Emerald Star News
P.O. Box 1133
Freeport, Fl 32439

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Volume: 4
 
Issue: 6
March 22, 2012
 
bi-weekly Edition
merald Star News
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The
BEST LIL’ NEWSPAPER in
 
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alton county -
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A style of it’s own
a community Based Newspaper
Free 
offered ‘free’
…….from our business Advertisers inside this week
 
Made possible by your local advertising busi-nesses in this edition. Support local business!!
Inside this week:Septic Tank Inspection LawRepealed
Senator Greg Evers applauded the passage of priority legislation to effectively repeal
the septic tank inspection law…………..
Page 3Special Vote
The special vote for the half cent sales tax increase in Walton County goes to avote on May 8th, a change from April 24th. Walton
Supervisor of Elections Bobby…...…….
Page 7Walton Talks To FDOT
A groupfrom Walton County spent time in Tallahasseemeeting with Representative Brad Drake, FDOT
Secretary Ananth Prasad and ……...…..
Page 8Got Critters? There is Help!
Managing Nuisance Wildlife in Your Yard. TheUniversity of Florida / Walton County CooperativeExtension is hosting a seminar on dealing with nui-
sance wildlife. It will be held at ……..
Page 11
 
 
 Hello. With spring break starting next week here in Waltoncounty we need to be patient when driving. Moderate whensunning and no texting while driving. I see it so often itmakes me nervous to be on the roadways at all. Especially these younger drivers, now that they have grown up with a phone in their hand, what happens to the ba-sic skills of driving gone? Please be safe for the driver next to you could also be texting.It has me nervous watching the gas prices and hearing what Obama says he is going todo. Funny how they act so serious about getting things done in the right direction now that
it‘s re
-election time. It has me fired up to know we could be paying as low as $3/gal and
still be economically in the same state. Strange but that‘s what they are saying. Yes, of 
course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people knowsomething about this president and his disdain for oil. The "fuel of the past," he contemp-tuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcadeand is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present
 — 
and of the foreseeable future.PresidentBarack Obamaincessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is "all of the above." Except, of course, for drilling off the Mid-Atlantic coast (asVirginia, for example, wants), off the Florida Gulf Coast (instead, the Castro brothers willdrill near there), in the broader Gulf of Mexico (where drilling in 2012 is expected to drop30 percent below pre-moratorium forecasts), in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (morethan half the size of England, the drilling footprint being the size of Dulles Airport), onfederal lands in the Rockies (where leases are down 70 percent since Obama took office).But the event that drove home the extent of Obama's antipathy to nearby, abundant,available oil was his veto of the Keystone pipeline. It gave the game away because thecase for Keystone is so obvious and overwhelming. Vetoing it gratuitously prolongs our dependence on outside powers, kills thousands of shovel-ready jobs, forfeits a major stra-tegic resource to China, damages relations with our closest ally, and sends billions of oildollars toHugo Chavez, Vladimir Putinand already obscenely wealthy sheiks. Obama boasts that on his watch production is up and imports down. True, but truly decep-tive. These increases have occurred in spite of his restrictive policies. They are the resultof Clinton- and Bush-era permitting. This has been accompanied by a gold rush of naturalgas production resulting from new technology that has nothing at all to do with Obama.Do you believe that?Do you think that decreasing U.S. demand will lower oil prices, but increasing U.S.supply will not? This is ridiculous. Either both do or neither does. Does Obama read hisown speeches? Obama says of drilling: "That's not a plan." Of course it's a plan. We im- port nearly half of our oil, thereby exporting enormous amounts of U.S. wealth. Almost 60 percent of our trade deficit
 — 
$332 billion out of $560 billion
 — 
is shipped overseas to buy crude. Drill here and you stanch the hemorrhage. You keep those dollars within theU.S. economy, repatriating not just wealth but jobs, and denying them to foreign unfriend-lies. Drilling is the single most important thing we can do to spur growth at home while
strengthening our hand abroad. Isn‘t America supposed to be self sufficient someday?
 Oh yes, we were some time ago, but then we stopped and closed farming down because of the better lower pricing elsewhere. This is not the same. Our leader could make things lessexpensive for us to live on individually. Tax breaks here or there are nice to some but tellthat to the gas tank in my truck to get my work done. How do you feel? Frank 
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Editorial
Views expressed in
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. The staff of 
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
 pride ourselves in our efforts to ensureaccuracy of the publication contents. However, there is no guarantee of the accuracy of all the Information nor the absence of errors and omissions (especially when sent through a third party);therefore, no responsibility can or will be assumed. 3000 copies printed bi-weekly.
 
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 Zamir Wolfe / Lee Cox
Contributing Editor
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 Dr. Summers
Guest columnist
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 Erica Beck 
 
Guest Columnist
 – 
Colin Richards
Page 2 The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc. Thursday, March 22, 2012
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P.O. Box 1133
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Quote of the week :
The Wolfe’s Den
 
 
free”
-HOW??
From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their store
 
Yes it‘s true. The rising demand for this newspaper our delivering needs we
could not meet each week. If you live a bit further out we will get it to you.We need advertising help too, just give me a call today!
The Emerald Star News is published bi-weekly
We are locally owned and operated in Freeport
If at first youdon't succeed,try, try again.Then quit.There's no pointin being a damnfool about it.W. C. Fields
 
 
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The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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CVHN AwardedGrant
Children's Volunteer Health Network (CVHN), serving unin-sured children in Walton andOkaloosa counties, was awardeda $100,000 grant from the BlueCross and Blue Shield of Florida(BCBSF) Foundation, enablingthe nonprofit to expand its dentalcare services.CVHN will hire a full-timedentist for its new dental clinic.The clinic will treat children withrestorative dental care like fill-ings and root canals. The organi-zation's mobile dental unit willstill operate and treat childrenwith preventative dental care likecleanings. More than 65 percentof children examined on the mo- bile unit last year required further restorative care.The resources for restorativedental care in the community arelimited or unavailable because of the cost of such treatments. Morethan 60 percent of WaltonCounty families have no dentalinsurance and only 15 dentists inWalton County serve a popula-tion of over 50,000 people. Onlyone private practice dentist inWalton and Okaloosa Countyaccepts Medicaid clients (other than the health departments).The new dental clinic will holda grand opening celebration inApril 2012. The goal is to treat1,000 children over the course of the year.CVHN received the grantthrough the BCBSF Foundation'sImproving Access to Health Care(IMPACT) grant program, whichis aimed at improving health careaccess for uninsured and under-served Floridians. The BCBSFFoundation awarded $1,124,000in new grants to 13 Florida healthnonprofits in January.
Septic Tank InspectionLaw Repealed
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
Senator Greg Evers applaudedthe passage of priority legislationto effectively repeal the septictank inspection law, passed in2010, that requires every septictank in the state to be inspectedevery five years.The septic tank inspection re- peal was amended to House Bill1263, sponsored by Representa-tive Matt Hudson (R-Naples) andothers, and voted out of the Flor-ida Legislature. The languagewould eliminate a provision thatrequires the Department of Healthto create and administer statewideseptic tank evaluation programsevery five years; thereby, lessen-ing the costly burden placed onresidents who would be held re-sponsible for financing the in-spections and repairs.Senator Evers says it was hisoriginal intent to see his stand-alone bill to repeal the law makeits way successfully through thelegislative process. He says themost important thing is to see thislanguage be signed into law andallow people in the communitiesto rest a little bit easier, knowingthis added economic hardship willno longer be a threat.Representative Matt Gaetz sayshe is also happy to report the fullrepeal of the Septic Tank Inspec-tion Program. He says that in hisview, the septic tank mandate wasunnecessary policy and it wronglyassumed that rural North Floridaought to be treated the same asheavily populated urban SouthFlorida. With a full repeal, Gaetzsays no property owner in Floridaneed fear a swarm of bureaucratsand tank-testers invading their  property anymore.Evers also says that as a legis-lative body, they were able towork together to craft and pass a balanced budget, with no addi-tional taxes on Floridians. He sayshe feels encouraged that they have put into motion a plan to givesmall and large businesses theopportunity to thrive and increasetheir chances to create jobs for thethousands of Floridians in theunemployment lines.
Signs of improvement
 Recent economic data, including jobsreports, have shown somesigns of im- provement,easing fears of a double-diprecession. The Bureau of Labor Statis-tics numbers for November showed anuptick of 120,000 on the payrolls, basi-cally in line with expectations (althoughwell below the ADP estimate of 206,000). Notably, the unemploymentrate, stuck stubbornly at or above 9%for the past two years, dipped unexpectedly to 8.6%, the lowest since March 2009. That's a goodheadline number, but if you dig beneath the surface, there is lessreason for enthusiasm.The fall inthe unemployment rate coincided with a drop in the overall labor force of 315,000, which is themost since January of this year. As Yahoo! Finance's Daniel Gross notes, "In a truly healthy labor market, both the number of people working
and 
the labor force would be growing."The private sector has beensteadily adding to payrollsin 2011. But government positions are rou-tinely being slashed (20,000 were lost in November), and much of the jobs growth has been in thelower-paying service sector. TheU6 number (what some call the "real" unemployment rate) alsofell month to month, but it still stands above a dismal 15%. Recent weekly unemployment claimshave fallen below the key 400,000 level as exports hit highs. But if the ongoing debt crisis inEurope pushes the region into recession, export demand will be slashed -- and political instabilityoverseas and here in gridlock-happy America is giving corporations pause when it comes to hiring.The housing market and jobs have a chicken-and-egg quality: Is the anemic labor market feedingthe slumping housing market, or vice versa? If housing stays in the dumps, how will the economygrow enough to handle the thousands of new employees entering the labor market each year?

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