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National Security: Veterans Day

Joe Boyles: Guest Columnist Saturday is Veterans Day, the day we honor our veteran soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and marines, living and dead, former and current.  Originally, this observance was known as Armistice Day, the commemoration of the end of World War I. The guns finally fell silent across Europe on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 after four years and three months of carnage and bloodshed. The Great War, so-called “the war to end all wars,” had resulted in some ten…

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Employment Matters: Do the math

We all know that there are certain times in life when just gotta sit down and do the math. Whether it’s determining a household budget; planning a much needed and deserved vacation; weighing the costs of in-state verses out-of-state tuition; or tile instead of hardwood flooring. No matter what, sometimes you must determine if the numbers work or not. That being said. One of the most important times to do the math, in fact, it should be an ‘every time you do the math’ situation is when you’re calculating your…

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Florida’s economic future depends on you

Dear Editor, Everyone loves when a plan comes together. What’s even better is when a community comes together behind a plan. That’s exactly what happened last week when more than 30 leaders in education, government, workforce and economic development from across our region gathered at North Florida Community College and said, “we’re in” to helping Florida rise to a new level of educational attainment that can only lead to a better economy and a better quality of life. A partnership funded by grants from the prestigious Lumina Foundation and Helios…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Happy Birthday Daddy

Saturday, Oct. 28 would mark the 79th birthday of my Daddy. (It would also mark the 55th wedding anniversary of my parents.  My mother always said she picked my daddy’s birthday to get married, so that “he would never forget the day.”) My Daddy left this world and entered the gates of Heaven back on Feb. 17, 2012.  My world has always been a little grayer since that day.  I loved my Daddy with all my heart.  He was truly the love of my life, my confidant, my mentor, my…

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