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SHOPPERS, BE NICE this holiday season. Don't park in handicap spots unless you are. And if you were, you'd have a tag, wouldn't you?

THIS IS A RAVE to Commissioner Joe Jackson, who said some county managers don't fit the mold. You hit it perfect. Some come in late with a big breakfast, go to their office and play on their computers. Can you imagine if every county employee stopped and ate breakfast? You have managers going home after lunch or before lunch. No one asks where they are. You have managers parking their personal vehicles at other county buildings and getting into their county vehicle and going to their office. This way they can leave and go home and no one notices if they're working or not. To me, this is stealing time and it's about time to put your foot down to these operation managers.

RANT TO OUR GOVERNMENT. Let's get this straight. We are going to be gifted with a health care plan that we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don't. It is intended to cover at least 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provided for 16,000 new IRS agents. Obamacare was written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it, but exempts itself from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that is broke. What did I miss?

YOUR HISTORY SECTION says that President Truman, on this day (6 Dec 1947) grabbed a big chunk of land owned by Florida and named it a "national" park. On the same day in 1960, Jimmy Carter grabbed "nearly 9 million acres" from Alaska. And, he called that a "national" park. Again, he stole a big chunk of somebody else's land. When will Obama steal his big chunk?

WHEN WILL I GET HIRED? I am an ex-felon and I've put in over 200 applications and been on 13 interviews. I think that because I am an ex-felon that I won't be hired. What happened to the employers who get federal tax help for hiring felons? Does this not exist or am I living in the wrong city? It's been over 10 years since my conviction.

RAVE: LAST FRIDAY we went to Cheddars to have lunch. We enjoyed the meal and waited for the check. The waitress came to the table with no check, told us it was taken care of and "have a blessed day." She couldn't tell us who did this random act of kindness. Thank you to whoever was so thoughtful.

IF THE DOWNTOWN parade is going to be considered a family-friendly event, then the organizers need to insist that the performers dress and dance in a family-friendly manner or they shouldn't participate.

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