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Immigrants are the backbone of this country. This includes the unwilling immigrants once known as “slaves.” Anyone not Native American is an immigrant. Whether documented or undocumented, the … more
Like the United States Constitution, the Florida Constitution is a fundamental document that should stand the test of time. In Florida, the Constitution Revision Commission convenes every 20 years, … more
Last year, the superstore of all things toys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Now, I won’t pretend to know what that actually means but I know bankruptcy is not a good word in almost any capacity. … more
Arming teachers is a hot topic of debate. Federal law prohibits guns on school campuses, but it doesn’t always apply to citizens with concealed carry permits. As a result of this loophole, 18 … more
Florida’s economy, although robust, depends heavily on tourism, real estate development and financial industries. As Florida’s economy rebounded from the Great Recession a few years ago, … more
After going back and forth with similar bills, the Legislature cleared a proposal Monday that would require nursing homes to have backup generators on site to keep the air conditioning running during … more
I am a Clay County public school teacher. I was angered and disappointed at Saturday night’s Senate vote in favor of Senate Bill 7026. Among the many ridiculous items included in this bill, the … more
Facebook has been a modern American success story that continues to break boundaries and reinvent itself. It has also been in the news a lot lately, not for innovation, but what some people are … more
Kathy Castor was part of a six-member group of Democratic members of Congress visiting Cuba over the past few days, but the delegation shrank to five this week when meeting with Cuban President Raul … more
More than 1,100 children were prosecuted as adults in Florida last year – taken from their homes, removed from their schools, and locked up in adult jails. Although children’s brains are still … more
Texting bill moves to House floor, stalls in Senate TALLAHASSEE – In response to House Bill 33 being stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee, bill co-sponsor Rep. Emily … more
Readers asks school board to improve safetySchool shootings are a threat all must recognize and respond to. Therefore, I ask everyone to call on the Clay School Board to implement immediate, … more
Do you remember the Letter People on PBS? They personified phonics. Miss A “achooed” all the time. Mr. T had tall teeth. Mr. M was a munching mouth. That is what I remember from … more
There may be a trend developing in the State of Florida towards reducing funding for museums and cultural institutions. If that occurs, then all regions of the state could lose out. Museums, … more
Adam Putnam may well be Florida’s next Governor, that is unless voters decide his latest idea is straight out of looneyville and start asking serious questions about who he really is. The latest … more
In 2015, the Rick Scott administration removed 13,000 children from the Children’s Medical Services program. CMS is a collection of programs that serve children with special health care … more
Hey, we get it. There’s a lot going on in the 2018 Legislative Session – and it’s only Week Six. With budget negotiations, the passage of 27 bills this week and it being an election year, … more
It’s still not too late to take a kid duck hunting this year or go deer hunting in Zone D’s late muzzleloader season. “Waterfowl hunting takes you to places you would probably not otherwise … more
The dog whistle has been blown, the genie is out of the bottle, the horse has left the barn – we’ve heard these clichés before. However, this particular dog whistle happened to be an item … more
As a member of Florida’s legal community, I take very seriously any proposed changes to our state’s constitution. In my role as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, I will … more
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