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Free vacation for Hagan at taxpayers’ expense

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. In July of 2018, Greene Publishing, Inc. filed public records requests with the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and the Madison County School District inquiring into the taxpayer funds being used to support Madison County’s elected board members, other key staff and what those expenditures bring back to the county. The results of those requests brought about an alarming discovery. In an effort to ensure school board Members stay informed about vital issues facing our public schools, they are sent to conferences each year that…

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Should felons be teaching your children?

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During a meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Monday, Aug. 6 discussion was held regarding proposed policy changes for the district. Some of these policy changes are mandated by the State. Others were suggested by a consulting firm hired by the district to help with policy updates and changes. One of those policy changes regarded the hiring of those who have been charged with a crime. The current policy states that “a person who is found ineligible for employment or otherwise found…

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From the sunny side… Caution, old man driving

I consider myself to be a very good driver. I usually obey speed limits. I don’t make it a habit to talk on my phone while driving. I always wear my safety belt and I normally use my turn signals. I am even the guy who will let someone else in ahead of me in traffic. Not that I’m that polite, I generally don’t trust another driver to be as careful as I am and I can keep my eye on the other driver easier if they are ahead of…

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Passing Parade: Illegal marijuana shops undercut legal market

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist So ran the Associated Press article in the July 8, 2018, “Atlanta Constitution,” 10a, on marijuana shops. Broad marijuana legalization arrived in California this year. From the beginning, law enforcement and civic-minded citizens were concerned that the legal market would be swallowed up and not be allowed to exist, thus be undermined by the historic black market that had existed for decades. Selling Point One of the selling points, by the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing cannabis in California, was an attractive provision for some that…

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