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January 24, 2014

Rant & Rave - Jan. 24, 2014

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Cudos to Randy Harris for having the courage and tenacity to do the right thing for Suwannee County. Ignore the naysayers, mostly former commissioners, they keep holding on to the past. We finally have a future for Suwannee County!

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ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS should be required to have cameras recording any arrests they make. Period. How many times have cops' dashcams saved honest officers' careers while protecting the public they are sworn to serve from a few bad actors at the same time? It's plain common sense and should be standard practice everywhere. Enough said! 

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Live Oak could be a lovely little jewel if only we could clean up the litter that plagues almost every street in this town. Have the Town Fathers ever heard of the FDOT's "Wild Flower program? I understand that Suwannee Valley Transit Authority has been able to procure a small grant to seed Voyles St., one of the most filthy & trash strewn streets in Live Oak, but the City 'powers that be" are balking and prefer to reject this gift because it may involve a little effort on their part which is help convince CSX Railroad of the benefits to their part of the street right of way. If we can have a street beautification program here in Live Oak -AT NO COST TO THE CITY, why would not the city beat down the doors of SVTA to take advantage of this FREE program! Are we so low that we prefer to live on streets lined with garbage rather than look out at colorful wild flowers? Wake up City Leaders: this is a COST FREE opportunity to bring some beauty to our streets. 

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