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Minneapolis

Like virtually everyone, I was sickened by the sight of the videos last week of Minneapolis Police officers kneeling on George Floyd until he became unresponsive and died. The sound of his voice pleading for breath should be enough to shake anyone’s faith in humanity. The visceral response of the African American Community has been…

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The Bug and The Loons

Contrary to the preening and prattling we get from our political leaders, finding the answer to making our way out of the Covid-19 mess is NOT just a matter of “following the science.” SCIENCE tells us we aren’t going to have a vaccine we can use until this fall – at BEST – and with…

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Facebook Epidemiology

I’ll admit I’m getting just a wee bit impatient with the Epidemiology Experts of Facebook, and the constant barrage of posts comparing the Covid-19 outbreak to our annual Influenza outbreaks or the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic. The standard argument posited takes one of two forms; since more people probably are killed by the annual…

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Food Drive Time

Last year, we did a little patting of ourselves on the back here for raising the better part of ten tons worth of food to feed Veterans in Highlands County who have fallen on hard times. That drive hit me hard at the time, since Gladys and I are part of the “Viet Nam Generation,”…

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Never Forget Our Neighbors

Gladys and I took one our rare vacations last week, up to St. George’s Island, off the coast of Florida’s Panhandle. The barrier islands up there are a bit different from the ones off the Sarasota coast – rolling dunes that look more like the Outer Banks of North Carolina than what we have in…

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Ooops …

I screwed up last week. I broke a promise to myself, and paid for it with a rotten day. What did I do? I broke down and got into a POLITICAL discussion on Facebook. God, but I hate those things. And I didn’t used to. Y’see, I’m old-school enough to believe this Republic was built…

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Vote Whatcha KNOW

Early voting is ON in Highlands County! If you’ve made your mind up, avoid the crowds. I post something like this every election cycle, and it amazes me every time how many people it surprises; YOU DO NOT "SPOIL" YOUR BALLOT BY NOT VOTING IN EVERY RACE. Feel strongly about the governor’s race? Vote there…

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Uncle Jim

Well, THAT hit me a little harder than I thought it would. My family lost our last World War II vet this week. “Uncle Jim” was my only uncle on my mother’s side of the family, so he kept that childhood title for me all the way to the end, which came this week in…

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Farewell, 2247

Wow. Just. Wow. I drove down to the Lakeshore Mall parking lot this morning to witness the beginning of the motorcade heading to Deputy William Gentry’s Memorial Service at the Fairgrounds. As the SUV’s, EMS vehicles, marked and unmarked cars, fire trucks and other vehicles prepared to leave the south end of the lot, I…

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Rest In Peace, Deputy Gentry

I just came back into the office after watching the procession go by carrying Deputy William Gentry back into Highlands County. One of the things that makes working in a community like this fulfilling is the almost universal outpouring of mourning when we lose one of our own. I didn’t know William Gentry, but I’m…

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