The Lake City reporter
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Title: The Lake City reporter
Uniform Title: Lake City reporter (Lake City, Fla. 1967)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: John H. Perry
Place of Publication: Lake City Fla
Creation Date: March 3, 2012
Publication Date: 09-04-2012
Frequency: daily (monday through friday)[<1969>-]
weekly[ former 1967-<1968>]
normalized irregular
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Lake City (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Columbia County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Columbia -- Lake City
Coordinates: 30.189722 x -82.639722 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 95, no. 4 (Oct. 5, 1967)-
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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Opinion ................ 4APeople.................. 2AObituaries .............. 5A Advice & Comics ......... 3B Puzzles ................. 2B TODAY IN PEOPLE Pearl Jam is Made in America. COMING WEDNESDAY Local News Roundup. 91 69 T-Storm Chance WEATHER, 2A Lake City ReporterTUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | 75¢ LAKECITYREPORTER.COM CALL US:(386) 752-1293SUBSCRIBE TOTHE REPORTER:Voice: 755-5445Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 138, No. 159 Deadline to file for Tropical Storm Debby aid is today Staff reportsToday is the deadline to file a Tropical Storm Debby flood assistance claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Lake City Regional Office of Catholic Charities has been designated a lead agency for disaster recov-ery in Columbia County fol-lowing the June storm. Some parts of Columbia County received as much as 30 inches of rain during a 48 hour period. “We still have 200 homes underwater and not accessible to begin the recov-ery process,” said Suzanne Edwards, chief operating officer of the Lake City Regional Office of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities and other responders are still waiting for water to recede in areas to begin the recov-ery and rebuilding process. There are 4,000 homes in various stages of recov-ery and those without flood insurance are being urged to file claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by today. Federal disaster assistance helps eligible appli-cants with temporary housing, uninsured per-sonal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs. For its part, Catholic Charities responded to the storm by establishing five food and water distribution truck stations. A $10,000 grant from the Buck Rogers Foundation helped Catholic Charities provide new shoes and school sup-plies for flood victims for up to 200 children. “Going back to school is a special time for students and with a poor economy families are hard pressed to provide new school sup-plies and shoes. Much A General Assignment Obama: Flag Romney for ‘unnecessary roughness’ Reporter Chamber renew 2013 Guide partnership From staff reportsThe Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Lake City Reporter for the third straight year to enhance the 2013 Community Information Guide, an annual magazine that offers information for local residents and new-comers and also include the Chamber’s member-ship directory. “We’re honored to once again include the Chamber of Commerce as a partner as we produce this pub-lication,” said Lake City Reporter Publisher Todd Wilson. “Our Community Information Guide to Lake City and Columbia County is a full-size magazine that is very familiar to our read-ers and our business part-ners, as we have published it for more than a decade. The Guide has an expan-sive reach to newcomers interested in our area. We welcome the Chamber’s information and member-ship directory as an impor-tant part of our publication.” The Lake City Reporter will print the Information Guide and it will publish in late October and be an insert for all Lake City Reporter readers. The Chamber also will receive several thousand copies of the Information Guide to distribute to its members and provide to walk-in visitors and people requesting information about the area. The magazine also will have high-profile visibility in local hotels and in wait-ing areas of professional offices and retail establish-ments and will be restocked at these locations through-out the year, as currently handled by the Reporter staff. The magazine also will have a digital version available on-line at www. lakecityreporter.com and www.lakecitychamber.com “The Chamber is looking forward to partnering with the Lake City Reporter again this year on the Guide to Lake City and Columbia County,” said Dennille Decker, Chamber executive director. “We had ABBIE CHASTEEN/ Special to the ReporterDennille Decker, (left) executive director of the Lake City /Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and Todd Wilson, publisher of the Lake City Reporter discuss the annual Community Information Guide partnership. The Chamber will partner with the Reporter for the third consecutive year to have its membership guide inc luded in the Reporter’s annual magazine. Reporter’s annual magazine to publish this fall. LAURA HAMPSON/ Lake City ReporterCounty Judge Tom Coleman once again will serve as Co mmanding General of the Blue-Grey Army, a citizens orga nization that sponsors and implements the annual Olustee Battle Festival and Re-e nactment in Lake City. By LAURA HAMPSONlhampson@lakecityreporter.comA familiar face will lead the Blue-Grey Army’s 35th Annual Olustee Battle Festival and Re-enactment. Columbia County Judge Tom Coleman was elected Commanding General for the 2013 festivities. “It’s an honor to be asked again to do it and I’m looking forward to it,” said Coleman, who served in the position from 2008 to 2010. The com-manding general of the festival always serves a mult-year term to make planning and imple-menting Columbia County’s largest weekend festival a success. The Olustee Battle Festival and Re-enactment is scheduled for Feb. 15-17 in downtown Lake City. Florida’s largest Civil War battle re-enactment is staged as part of the battle at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park east of Lake City near the Olustee community in Baker County. A figurehead position, the commanding general rep-resents the Blue-Grey Army during the festival, parade and other events, Coleman said. The festival is organized by community members who vol-unteer their time, not an out-side company, Coleman said. “Many people on the commit-tee have been there since its inception,” he said. “I have never worked with a better committee that’s more organized,” he said. Besides the two-day festival in downtown Lake City, the Blue-Grey Army provides food and supplies for re-enactors, hosts a parade through Lake City, provides a shuttle service to the battlefield, organizes Olustee pageants, and raises about $80,000 for the event, Coleman said. “The committee is a huge Coleman ready to lead Blue-Grey Army again 2 months later, local families remain displaced. DEADLINE continued on 6A Will mark 4th time as Commanding General for judge. COLEMAN continued on 6AAssociated PressCHARLOTTE, N.C. — On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama declared that Republican rival Mitt Romney should be penalized for “unnecessary roughness” on the middle class and accused him in a ring-ing Labor Day speech of backing higher taxes for millions after opposing the 2009 auto industry bailout. “I’ve got one piece of advice for you about the Romney-Ryan game plan: Punt it away. It won’t work. It won’t win the game,” Obama said, blending sports-themed remarks with economic barbs before a cheering crowd in the nation’s industrial heartland. He backed up his rally comments with a new television commercial that says Romney doesn’t understand the “heavy load” the middle class is carrying yet wants to give himself a big new tax break. It’s the president’s first new ad since last week’s Republican National Convention, a reminder that he and his allies have been outspent by millions in the ad wars over the past several weeks. His sports comments in Toledo, Ohio, amounted to a rebuttal to Romney’s weekend appeal to voters to fire the cur-rent coach — Obama — and install the Republicans instead at the controls of an economy sputtering along with 8.3 percent unemployment. The president headed to hurricane-damaged Louisiana late in the day as he slowly made his way toward the Democrats’ con-vention city. First lady Michelle Obama was already there, and made a quick trip to check out the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena where she will speak on Tuesday night. A few blocks from the hall where Democratic delegates will gather on GUIDE continued on 6A OBAMA continued on 6A Accuses challenger of backing higher taxes after opposing auto bailouts.1


CORRECTION The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question or suggestion, please call the executive editor. Corrections and clarifications will run in this space. And thanks for reading. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Daily Scripture Celebrity Birthdays AROUND FLORIDA Sunday: 7-13-31-34-36 2A LAKE CITY REPORTER DAIL Y BRIEFING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Page Editor: Rick Burnham, 754-0424 Monday: Afternoon: 0-2-1-7 Evening: N/A Monday: Afternoon: 9-1-8 Evening: N/A Saturday: 2-8-23-27-43-53 HOW TO REAC H US Main number ....... (386) 752-1293 Fax number ............. 752-9400 Circulation .............. 755-5445 Online .. www lakecityreporter com The Lake City Reporter, an affiliate of Community Newspapers Inc., is pub lished Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at 180 E. Duval St., Lake City, Fla. 32055. Periodical postage paid at Lake City, Fla. Member Audit Bureau of Circulation and The Associated Press. 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After 10:30 a.m., next day re-delivery or ser vice related credits will be issued. In all other counties where home delivery is available, next day re-delivery or ser vice related credits will be issued. Circulation .............. 755-5445 (circulation@lakecityreporter.com) Home delivery rates (Tuesday -Friday and Sunday) 12 Weeks .................. $26.32 24 Weeks ................... $48.79 52 Weeks ................... $83.46 Rates include 7% sales tax. Mail rates 12 Weeks .................. $41.40 24 Weeks ................... $82.80 52 Weeks .................. $179.40 Lake City Reporter This is what the LORD says your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 NIV MIAMI Authorities say a 27-year-old man has died after his personal watercraft collided with a boat in Biscayne Bay. Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll says a Sea Tow operator noticed the com motion and pulled one man from the water late Sunday. The man was pro nounced dead at the scene. Authorities identified him as Carlos Alberto Fernandez. Carroll tells The Miami Herald that the man had been riding a personal watercraft that collided with a 22-foot-long boat carrying a family of five on board. No other injuries were reported. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says investigators believe that Fernandez was travel ling fast in a slow-speed area. Authorities say Fernandez had been out with a friend, even though personal watercrafts are not supposed to be used at night. New details about missing oil tycoon FORT LAUDERDALE Life jackets and reli gious texts were found aboard a missing South Florida oil tycoons boat after it ran aground, but Guma Aguiar had left his watch and wedding ring at home, according to notes taken by a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team. The notes offer new details about Aguiar, whose boat was last seen speeding and jumping waves hours before it washed ashore with its engines running June 19 in Fort Lauderdale. Police found no blood on the boat and no evidence of foul play. Aguiar was not in a good frame of mind due to financial problems, and he had had an argu ment with his wife over divorce, according to the notes. He left his watch and wedding ring at home. 2 casinos closed after aquarium leak HALLANDALE BEACH Two casinos at Gulfstream Park had to be closed after a 13,000-gallon aquarium sprang a leak. A seam in the aquar ium in the second-floor casino cracked open early Sunday. President and general manager Tim Ritvo says two floors of slot machines and the poker room will be closed for at least a few days. Gulfstreams shops, dining rooms and simul cast area remain open. Director of gaming Mike Couch says casino employ ees raced to plug the leak with towels from the bar area. Pedestrian struck by officer on I-95 JACKSONVILLE The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office is investigating after one of its officers struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 95. Assistant Chief Chris Butler says Lt. Jimmy Ricks was driving his patrol car to work early Monday when he struck a pedestrian crossing the highway. Its not known how fast Ricks was driving. Authorities did not know the pedestrians identity. Butler tells The Florida Times-Union that investiga tors dont know why the pedestrian was crossing the highway. There is an elevated crosswalk near the crash scene. Suspect shot multiple times ORLANDO Authorities say a suspect wanted on felony drug charges is in stable con dition after being shot multiple times by sheriffs deputies waiting to arrest him outside a central Florida hotel. The Orange County Sheriffs Office says the suspect was located Sunday night at an extend ed-stay hotel in Orlando. Deputies in unmarked vehicles boxed in the suspects car when he came out of the hotel and prepared to leave. The sheriffs office says the suspect ignored deputies warnings and rammed their vehicles in an attempt to flee. The deputies opened fire, strik ing the suspect multiple times. The sheriffs office says two deputies will be assigned to administrative duties for at least a week. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting. Personal watercraft collides with boat n Associated Press n Associated Press PHILADELPHIA If closing out a two-day fes tival with an intense twohour set wasnt enough for Pearl Jam, then bringing out the man who organized it sealed the deal. Jay-Z joined the group for its second-to-last encore Sunday with a rock ing version of his signature hit Problems. While Jay closed out the first night of the Budweiser Made in America Festival, he handed the torch to the Seattle-based band grunge rockers and they did not disappoint. Their 25-song set saw tens of thousands of fans jumping, dancing, and singing on the muggy September night to the bands well-known tracks like Alive, Better Man, and Jeremy. For the song Unemployable, Vedder told the crowd it was about a hard-working family man who did all the right things in life, but became the victim of job cuts. He said sometimes the so-called job creators are creating jobs outside the U.S. Princess to unveil coal mine tribute LONDON Princess Anne is set to unveil a giant goddess sculpted from rock, earth and waste reclining in the remains of a coal mine in northern England. The private ceremony Monday will formally declare that the 1,300 foot (400 meter) long figure, named Northumberlandia, has been completed. The female figure predictably has divided local opinion, with one local official call ing it ridiculous. Backers of the project hope it will attract thousands of visi tors, and create jobs. Visitors will be able to scale the figures curves, but pilots flying into Newcastle airport get the best view. American artist Charles Jencks designed the 3 mil lion pound ($4.7 million) sculpture. It is near Antony Gormleys steel sculpture Angel of the North, which is about 12 miles (20 kilo meters) away. Obama says hes an Eastwood fan WASHINGTON President Barack Obama says hes a huge Clint Eastwood fan, even in the aftermath of the actors rambling invisible Obama monologue at the GOP convention. Obama says in an interview with USA Today released Sunday the Academy Award-winning Eastwood is a great actor, and an even better director. But Obama was coy when asked if he was offended by the performance. Eastwood talked with an imaginary Obama in an empty chair before Mitt Romneys speech at the GOP convention, saying the president has failed to deliver on his promises. Obama says, quote, if youre easily offended, you should probably choose another profession. Pearl Jam closes 2-day Made In America festival ASSOCIATED PRESSPearl Jam performs at the Made In America music festival Sunday in Philadelphia. 2AWEATHER n Golfer Tom Watson is 63. n Actor Damon Wayans is 52. n Basketball coach Steve Lavin is 48. n Baseball player Mike Piazza is 44. n Actor Phill Lewis is 44. n Actress Ione Skye is 42. n Actor Jason Frank is 39. n Actor Wes Bentley is 34. n Singer Dan Miller is 32. n Singer Beyonce Knowles is 31.


Page Editor: Rick Burnham, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & ST A TE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 3A By LOGAN GERBER Florida Museum of Natural History GAINESVILLE --Get ready to explore the natu ral world with your favor ite Peanuts characters in the Florida Museum of Natural Historys new est temporary exhibit, PeanutsNaturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature, opening Sept. 29. The exhibit takes a lighthearted look at Charles Schulzs exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, vid eos, objects and interactive stations. Charlie Brown is in trou ble with the Environmental Protection Agency, Lucy knows the Earth has 48 suns, and Snoopy and Linus are planting french fries in the garden. These are just a few of the misad ventures and explanations gone wrong as the comic strip characters investigate the natural world. The Peanuts comic strip characters have some really funny ideas about how nature works, said Florida Museum assistant exhibit developer Tina Choe. We are excited to bring visitors back to nature and to con nect the exhibit to some of the fascinating and timely research being done at the museum. The exhibit is organized into seven main themes: the universe, web of nature, trees, birds, the elements, gardening and the EPA and contains 22 text panels and 25 framed, high-resolu tion digital reproductions of original Peanuts comic strips. Each is augmented by a diversity of specimens from the museums collec tions, including migrating birds, endangered fresh water clams, a Mayan hieroglyphic statue from Honduras and a black bear, on loan from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Florida has so many wonderful opportunities to get outside and see amaz ing natural environments, Choe said. Right here at our museum, we have the wildflower butterfly garden and the UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory as well as many off-site oppor tunities to get out and get involved in all kinds of cool science. In todays world, with a focus on comput ers, video games and tech nology, this exhibit under scores the need to bring people back to nature. Schulz, who wrote the Peanuts comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader and interested in the latest research find ings in a variety of fields. Many of these findings and facts found their way into Schulzs comic strip, care fully interpreted through his characters unique, and sometimes wacky, under standing of their world. Admission to Peanuts Naturally is $4 for adults; $3.50 for Florida residents, seniors and college stu dents; and $3 for ages 3-17. Value admission tickets to the exhibit and Butterfly Rainforest are also avail able: $12 for adults; $11 for Florida residents, seniors and college students; and $8.50 for ages 3-17. PeanutsNaturally is organized and toured by the Charles M. 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New Patients Welcome Call today for a personal appointment: 386-755-0500 449 SE Baya Drive Lake City, Floraida 32025 www.dainagreenemd.com WE ARE WOMEN, WE ARE M OTHERS, WE UNDERST A ND By LAURA HAMPSON lhampson@lakecityreporter.comFeeding Columbia Countys hungry schoolchil dren each week is a commit ment. But meeting that need got easier Thursday after Harveys Supermarket cus tomers donated more than $1,000 worth of food to the school districts Food 4 Kids Backpack program. Every week, local church es and civic groups fill more than 200 backpacks with nonperishable foods and deliver the backpacks to stu dents in 11 county schools, said Gloria Spivey, district safe schools coordinator. Students take the food home every Friday, which ensures they dont go hungry over the weekend. Students bring the backpacks back empty on Monday and the process begins again. Each week, Harveys has a promotional item, so at checkout cashiers asked customers if they wanted to donate the items to the back pack program, said Donna Alexander, Harveys custom er service manager. It really worked out good, she said. Items like individual cereal cups, pea nuts and chips ranged in price from 25 cents to $1.50. Customers donated enough items to fill two large bins in three weeks, Alexander said. This is phenomenal, Spivey said. The food items will be distributed evenly among the churches and groups that sponsor school backpack programs, she said. The groups buy food and pack it using their own time and money each week, Spivey said. Sponsors spend about $5 to fill each back pack, every week for 36 weeks, she said. Thats a commitment, Spivey said. The donation from Harveys will help the pro gram provide more for local children in need and donat ing an item at checkout is a simple way to get involved, she said. Harveys competes among 75 other stores to sell the promotional items, so it helps the company and it helps the community as well, Alexander said. She said the store plans to continue the donation bins throughout the year depend ing on the promotional item. To get involved or for more information about the backpack program contact the Columbia County Public Schools Foundation at 7558000. Local supermarket makes big donation to Food 4 Kids Peanuts museum set to open Seven artists to compete in music showdown at SOSMP Staff reportsLIVE OAK Seven talented coun try music artists will gather from across Florida Sept. 8 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to com pete for the Florida Texaco Country Showdown title. One of the seven will go on to represent Florida at the regionals in Shreveport, Louisiana Nov. 4. The winner there goes to the national finals at Nashville, Tennessee January 31 to compete on the Ryman Auditorium stage for the title of Best new Artist in Country Music and a cash prize of $100,000! Competing in the state finals Sept. 8 at the SOSMPs Music Hall begin ning at 8 p.m. will be Ashley Shannon of Dade County, Cayla Hartley of Cantonement, Ciara Rae of Broward County, Emily Brooke of Wellington, Natalie Nicole Green of Gainesville, Rion Paige of Jacksonville and one additional contestant not yet cho sen. The SOSMP is the host for this event with WQHL The Big 98 Todays Best Country DJ Stevie D as emcee. All the contestants won the right to compete in the state finals in contests held by country radio stations around the state affiliated with the Texaco Country Showdown, including the contest held yearly at the SOSMP. All contestants were judged by a stan dard judging method approved by Texaco Country Showdown. The musical weekend will kick off Friday night. Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Music Hall with Pete Hunt and the Southern Branded Band shaking the rafters with country, Southern rock and great dance music. Among the performers in this weekends Florida Texaco Country Showdown will be (from left) Cayla Hartley of Cantonement, Emily Brooke of Wellington and Natalie Nicole Green of Gainesville. Courtesy


T he just-concluded Republican conven-tion was to focus relentlessly on jobs and the economy, specifically how Mitt Romney and the GOP would tackles those problems. But the focus was largely on President Barack Obama and his perceived failings in helping the 23 million people who are either out of work or want better jobs and can’t find them. The Republicans propose, without going into any great detail, a combination of deregulation and tax cuts. As outlined in the party platform, the program is inher-ently contradictory. In his acceptance speech, presidential nominee Mitt Romney pledged to create 12 million new jobs over the next four years, not a particularly high bar since that’s how many jobs some ana-lysts say the economy would cre-ate in a normal four-year period. The economy is in fact finally improving, perhaps not fast enough to help Obama, but maybe enough of a recovery to enable a President Romney to fulfill his pledge without lifting a finger. By 2020 he promised to make North American energy independent, even though in most respects North America is already energy independent. The U.S. actually exported oil last year. He would take full advan-tage of our oil, gas, coal, nuclear and “renewables.” Romney acts as if nobody had thought of this before, but each of those sources of energy present special environmental and regulatory issues that can’t be ignored, not unless we want more flaming BP rigs, dead coal miners and runaway reactors. Next, he promised to retool the education system to give citizens “the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomor-row.” That, too, is a fine idea and one that has eluded successive administrations. Romney’s solu-tion is school choice. Third, he would aggressively pursue new free-trade agree-ments -good idea but Congress has its own ideas. Finally, he would champion small business. And how would he do that? By repealing and replacing Obamacare. This is an appealing slogan to the GOP faithful but actually doing so is both complicated and expensive, and such plans as have been presented to do so have proved wildly unpopular with the public. If he’s elected, Romney, like presidents before him, will find that his grand plans may not survive contact with Washington, a city where he has no experience. Q Phil Hudgins is senior editor of Community Newspapers Inc. Newspaper museum conjures up memories ONE OPINION Let dignity take a stand on campaign stage Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding counties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities —“Newspapers get things done!” Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, publisher Robert Bridges, editor Sue Brannon, controller Dink NeSmith, president Tom Wood, chairman LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY E-MAIL: news@lakecityreporter.com Phil Hudginsphudgins@cninewspapers.com The case forMr. Romneyas president Q Orange County Register OPINION Tuesday, September 4, 2012 www.lakecityreporter.com 4A M useums are for remembering and preserv-ing the past, but contents of a new museum in Homer, Ga., seem to match the town’s present very well. That’s because Homer’s downtown hasn’t changed much. Except for the new courthouse, every-thing looks much the same as it was in the 1960s, when I was a young reporter sitting in a patrol car with Sheriff M.L. Harrison, who married the best cook in the county. Legend around town was that people tried to get thrown in jail around Thanksgiving, because Mrs. Harrison laid out a spread worth incarceration. So Homer is a perfect place for the Georgia Weekly Newspaper Museum, a small shotgun house dedicated to how weekly newspapers were pub-lished in the era before offset printing. It’s where technology, even a Linotype machine, was kept at arm’s length for years because A.J. Hilton, owner of the Banks County Journal, pre-ferred setting type by hand. And he did that, Mike Buffington says, until the mid-1950s. Buffington and his brother, Scott, who run MainStreet Newspapers in the area, bought the old building and created a monument to an almost forgot-ten time. There sits the Linotype machine that Mr. Hilton refused to use, an iron monster now unworkable because rust has deteriorated its innards. But you can almost hear the clack-ety-clack, clackety-clack of the machine as brass mats fall into their assigned slots, producing lead slugs and a galley of type, line after line, at turtle speed. Oh, yes, the turtle was the heavy, metal table on which a page of type and metal engrav-ings was made up. I don’t remember when body type was set by hand, the way Mr. Hilton did it, but I do remember Linotypes and Ludlows and turtles and chases and pigs and hellboxes, all of the things associated with hot-type and letterpress printing. I remember as a teenage reporter being introduced to the nonexistent type lice. I remem-ber pages of type being pied, which happened when galleys of type were bumped or dropped or otherwise mixed up. I remember the flatbed press that roared like a lion and turned out papers like a lamb. I remember. But please don’t infer from my sentimental meanderings that I yearn to go back to those hot-type days. Putting out a newspaper is much more sophisticated today, and that’s the way it should be. Today’s backshops are likely up front, where reporters compose their own cold type on computers and where ad compositors could wear their Sunday best to work and go home spotless. No, some newspapers are struggling enough in these eco-nomic doldrums without taking on another era’s problems. But it’s good that people like the Buffingtons won’t let memo-ries of hot-type newspapers just melt away without a mention. They have preserved them well in a small shotgun house in downtown Homer, Ga., where the past feels right at home with the present. T he symbolic starting date of the presi-dential campaigns -Labor -doesn’t mean there wasn’t ever anything going on in advance of that. But the official date was tied to the national political conventions, now mere pep rallies to certify the results of primaries. Hubert Humphrey entered no primaries and became his beleaguered party’s choice only after the assassina-tion of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy that June. The party out of power always holds its convention first, and there usually are a couple of weeks when that nominee isn’t doing much campaigning, wait-ing for the incumbent’s party to put the official stamp on his nomination. All this used to come before Labor Day. This year, the Democrats are meeting in Charlotte, N.C., after the tradi-tional end of summer. But the stumping has been going on for months, degenerating into nega-tive railing from both camps at levels of historic proportions. The actor Clint Eastwood punc-tuated this the other night, for the GOP throngs in Tampa, with a tasteless performance that employed an empty-chair “inter-view” with President Barack Obama and obscene allusions. At the risk of being stripped of my political writing credentials and sent into permanent exile covering some village police beat, I would like to say that as each day passes I become more incredulous that we can survive. Not to put too fine a point on things, I am sick of the entire process. Actually, a stint in the maelstrom of a cop station would be welcoming. Compared to the current political warfare, it would seem civilized, a sort of Nirvana. At least I wouldn’t have to be bat-tered by the bellowing of those dedicated to telling the rest of us how we should live and who we should worship, all of which is none of their bloody business. When I began in this adventure, birth control, abortion, gay marriage and a variety of other social issues were not consid-ered fit for debate. Gun control wasn’t a problem, because there weren’t that many guns -and massacres by maniacs with battlefield weapons didn’t occur. The National Rifle Association was dedicated to teaching kids to shoot -at rabbits, not people. Labor Day -except for presidential-election years -was a last big fling. When we were young, it often meant the end to a sum-mer love affair and, for the rest of us, the return to “dull care.” It could be a bittersweet time. Now, two wars, a draining recession and a wall of partisan bickering and political leaders’ failed promises have crushed us for eight long years, leaving us with a taste more bitter than sweet. I vividly remember walking up that famous Gotham City avenue with Humphrey, ever ebullient and enthusiastic, only hours removed from the awful turmoil of the Chicago Democratic con-vention. I recall telling a fellow reporter, as Humphrey bounced along from side to side to greet the crowds, that one would never know the candidate was carrying the ashes of his party in his suit pockets. “Yes,” my colleague replied, “but he will try to spread them on the political gardens and hope they will sprout roses. ... That’s just his nature, always positive. He never quits trying. The sys-tem will endure.” Let’s certainly hope so. Although the process never has been short on negativism or ran-cor or even hate, let’s also pray that the rhetoric can be as civil as it is passionate. The parties have always come together two months after Labor Day and called a temporary truce. Hopefully, the remaining days will reflect a willingness to do so again, emphasizing the differences but preserving our dignity. M itt Romney closed the Republican National Convention on Thursday with an upbeat invitation for Americans to join him “for a better future” that would necessarily include “jobs, lots of jobs.” Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann, in her speech a week ago, spoke to the nation’s women; Wednesday night, vice presi-dential nominee Paul Ryan gave a speech chastising President Barack Obama and igniting the GOP base. Mr. Romney’s speech was his first major opportunity to define himself. He had to appeal to women and his base but also independent voters who will likely decide the elec-tion and the direction of the country for at least the next four years. And Mr. Romney’s needed to show he can con-nect with average Americans and empathize with their problems. As the campaign rolls along into the final two months, to prevail he must show an edge and a strength that gives undecided voters a reason to prefer a Romney-Ryan presidency over another four years of Obama-Biden. On Thursday, he outlined an encouraging policy prescrip-tion for the nation’s woes but also portrayed his personality as mild compared with that of his opponent. Mr. Romney presented himself as someone modest and humble, perhaps want-ing to show Americans he is a regular guy. What was missing, though, from much of the speech was a strength and vigor essential for candi-dates and even more vital in presidents. Call it boldness or even, perhaps, swagger, but Mr. Romney opted for a more delicate, soft-spoken tone to “put aside the divisiveness and recriminations.” The agenda is ambitious, one designed to consolidate his Republican base and lure independent voters. His chal-lenge is to demonstrate the boldness to keep those prom-ises as president. Dan K. Thomasson Q Dan K. Thomasson is former editor of Scripps Howard News Service. Romney long on promises, short on specific details Q Dale McFeatters is editorial writer for Scripps Howard News Service. Dale McFeattersmcfeattersd@shns.com4AOPINION


6A LAKE CITY REPORTER NATION TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 of what they own was destroyed, Edwards said. The Lake City region of Catholic Charities includes Columbia, Hamilton, Union, Suwannee and Lafayette counties with their office based in Columbia County. The ground is so sat urated they cant pump water out. The water is not going down and 300 sink holes opened up across the region, Edwards said. What we really need is for the outside communi ties to volunteer their time and provide donations to allow the agency to con tinue to seek construction assistance and manage getting families back in their homes. Separately, an anony mous donor from the local Catholic community gave Catholic Charities $100,000 in gasoline vouch er cards in the amount of $100 each for the agency to manage and distribute to displaced families. And the T.D. Bank in Lake City provided another $10,000 in assistance. Floridas statewide disaster coordinator for Catholic Charities, Gabe Tischler, worried the situ ation in Lake City hadnt received enough sustained media attention and that the Hurricane Isaac situ ation might overshadow the flood damage to this North Florida community. He spent a couple of weeks there before shifting his attention to Isaacs impact. There are almost 3,000 people who signed up for FEMA, meaning they did not have homeowners insurance, said Tischler, a Florida native who worked for more than 15 months as Catholic Charities relief coordinator in Joplin, Mo., following the devastating 2011 tornado in southwest Missouri. One of the huge issues that we all become anemic too is preparation. We have to educate people to have a good preparedness plan for supplies and protecting your important papers, she said. Anyone who has not registered with FEMA for disaster has questions about their application or needs more information about recovery programs should call FEMAs tollfree helpline at 800-621FEMA (3362). Online registra tion is available at www. DisasterAssistance.gov or through a smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. To reach Suzanne Edwards at Catholic Charities in Lake City, email: cclc@bellsouth.net or call (386) 754-9180 or visit their office at 258 NW Burk Ave., Lake City, Fl. 32055. GUIDE: Chamber, Reporter combine efforts again Continued From Page 1A asset to Lake City, he said. Coleman said there are several new events in the works for the 2013 festi val, including presentations by artist Robert L. Lewis Jr., one of the AfricanAmerican painters known as Florida Highwaymen, who began as a scattered group of painters selling their work on the roadsides in the 1950s. The committee begins its regular meetings this month, gearing up for the much-anticipated annual festival and parade. It just brings everyone together, he said. For more information visit, www.olusteefestival. com. Tuesday, union members staged a Labor Day march through downtown. Though supporting Obama, they also expressed frustration that he and the Democrats chose to hold their con vention in a state that bans collective bargaining for teachers and other public employ ees. There was disagreement among the ranks of the marchers. I under stand their frustration ... but do they really think theyre going to be better off with Romney? asked Phil Wheeler, 70, a delegate from Connecticut and a retired member of United Auto Workers Local 376 in Hartford. Democrats chose the state to underscore their determination to contest it in the fall campaign. Obama carried North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008, but he faces a tough challenge this time given statewide unemployment of 9.6 percent in the most recent tabulation. Romney relaxed at his lakeside home in New Hampshire with his family as Obama and running mate Joe Biden sought to motivate union voters to support them in difficult economic times. Romney took a midmorning boat ride, pulling up to a dock to fuel up his 29-foot Sea Ray and pick up a jet ski that had been in for repairs. In a statement emailed to reporters before he left his house, the business man-turned-political candidate said: For far too many Americans, today is another day of worrying when their next paycheck will come. Campaigning on Saturday in Cincinnati, Romney likened Obama to a football coach with a record of 0 and 23 million, a reference to the number of unemployed and under employed Americans. Obama rebutted him 48 hours later and play by play. On first down he hikes taxes by nearly $2,000 on the average family with kids in order to pay for mas sive tax cuts for multimillionaires. ... Sounds like unnecessary roughness to me, he said. On second down he calls an audi ble and undoes reforms that are there to prevent another financial crisis and bank bailout. ... And then on third down, he calls for a hail Mary, ending Medicare as we know it by giving seniors a voucher that leaves them to pay any additional cost out of their pockets. But theres a flag on the play: Loss of up to an additional $6,400 a year for the same benefits you get now. Romney denies that his plan to help the economy and reduce federal deficits will result in higher taxes for the middle class. But he has yet to provide enough detail to refute the claim, and Obamas assertion rests on a study by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. As for the auto bailout that he backed and Romney opposed, Obama told the audience, Three years later, the American auto indus try has come roaring back. Nearly 250,000 new jobs. Obamas new campaign commer cial said that under Romneys a mid dle class family will pay an average of up to $2,000 more a year taxes, while at the same time giving multi millionaires like himself a $250,000 tax cut. Aides said it would air in Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, the by-now familiar list of battleground states where the 2012 race for the White House is likely to be decided. Obamas top campaign surrogates had flinched from saying on Sunday that the average American is better off than four years ago, but they and Biden hastily recalibrated their response overnight. n Ben Feller reported from Toledo. Associated Press writers Philip Elliott in Detroit, Kasie Hunt in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Michael Biesecker, Mitch Weiss and Beth Fouhy in North Carolina contributed to this report. DEADLINE: Today the final day to file for assistance Continued From Page 1A OBAMA: Punt the Romney-Ryan gameplan away Continued From Page 1A President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Scott High School Monday in Toledo, Ohio. ASSOCIATED PRESS COLEMAN: General again Continued From Page 1A Associated Press DETROIT Vice President Joe Biden had a simple Labor Day mes sage for unionized workers: Stick with President Barack Obama because the other guys are worse. Biden told about 3,500 supporters Monday that the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would roll back col lective bargaining rights, denigrate their work and undermine the slow eco nomic recovery under way. One of Obamas top ambassadors to the work ing-class, Biden also sought with his remarks to keep a group of reliably Democratic voters motivat ed before an Election Day that is shaping up to be close. Romney and Ryan dont think that much about you guys, he said at the outdoor rally. They view you, the working women and men of America as the problem. We view you as the solution. Look folks, we know who built this coun try and we know who is going to rebuild it. Its you. Instead of vilifying you, we should be thanking you. We owe you. The Republican candi dates supported measures to roll back collective bar gaining rights for public union workers in Wisconsin and Ohio. Romney also has been critical of the National Labor Relations Board, accusing it of overstepping its role and suggesting it has become a proxy for Obamas union allies. Biden said Romneys economic message doesnt add up. Folks, you cant say youre going to create jobs in the United States of America when you were willing to let 1 million jobs go under by the liquidation of the automobile plants he suggested, the vice presi dent said. Biden to unions: Were with you had so much positive feedback from the community about our first two Guide projects together, I cant wait to enhance this one and make it even better this year. The Lake City Reporter will share advertising revenue in the product with the Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Advertising space is available for purchase by any business or organization. The Guide has become our go-to resource for not only residents but visitors to Lake City and Columbia County, Decker said. The Chamber is proud to be a part of the Lake City Reporter s Guide that represents our community in such a positive light. The Guide gives us a lasting, pro fessional piece to leave with people interested in the Chamber and our community. Decker said the circulation and dis tribution of the Lake City Reporter s Community Information Guide will nearly quadruple the distribution of previous Chamber of Commerce membership directories from years past. The Reporter was able to increase our circulation, providing more value to our members, Decker said. We are encouraging our mem bers to advertise in the Community Information Guide. Wilson serves as 2012 Chamber of Commerce president, but recused himself when Decker and the board of directors discussed the project. The Guide is a beautiful magazine that reflects our community well, Wilson said. The project continues to serve our advertising business partners, Chamber members, and our community with a coffee-table quality product. Wilson said the Lake City Reporter and the Chamber of Commerce share the same vision of business enhance ment and community involvement and have enjoyed successful partnerships on many events, such as Lake Citys Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, the Political Candidate Forums tele vised by Florida Gateway College and the Dale Carnegie Management Course. We believe strong partnerships enhance our business community, Wilson said. Its our job at the Lake City Reporter to be an advocate for Lake City and Columbia County. We believe in giving back to our commu nity and we do it. Decker said the partnership contin ues to be a good fit for the Chamber. The Chamber could not be more pleased that we are able to again work with the Lake City Reporter , she said. It is a win for the Chamber, it is a win for our members, but most importantly, it is a win for our com munity. Our members have been wonderful about advertising and supporting the Guide. It is great exposure for them. For information on advertising in the 2013 Community Information Guide, contact the Lake City Reporter at (386) 752-1293 or the Chamber of Commerce at (386) 752-3690. 6A COUPON REQUIRED ...Do you have the over-priced, slow-speed Internet Blues? Get FAST High-Speed Internet Today! Now Available Everywhere! Call your N. Central & N. Florida Authorized Dealer Today at 386-269-0984 1-800-254-3630 $ 39. 95 to $ 59.99 /Mo. 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