Editorials

Schools desperately need half-cent sales tax money

Nobody likes paying a new tax, but sometimes there is no way around it. When our children are riding around in old school buses, constantly patched up because there is no money to replace them with new transportation, we are playing with our children...
Published: 06/19/16
Updated: 06/28/16

Judge’s premature ruling goes against the constitutional right to government transparency

Highlands Today published the article “Case Dismissed Against SNL Supervisor” in its Friday, June 10 edition. I have known Richard Castillo, the prosecutor in the case, professionally and personally. I am proud to say he became my frien...
Updated one month ago

Our hearts are heavy for Orlando nightclub shooting victims, families

We all woke up Sunday to some horrifying news: A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday.
Updated one month ago

Hopefully, the black cloud that enveloped our schools is behind us

The 2015-16 Highlands County School District school year, which ended last Thursday, has been tumultuous to say the least.
Updated one month ago

Education officials bullying schools, parents over FSAs

Editor’s note: This is an open letter to Florida Department of Education officials by a local parent.
Updated one month ago

Half-cent sales tax crucial to Highlands County’s schools

Mr. Youngman,
Updated one month ago

Is it time to create a countywide fire protection system?

A little less than 80 percent of Highlands County’s population lives in the unincorporated part of the county, which the Board of County Commissioners governs. That population count also covers the bulk of Highlands County’s land mass, ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Plugging educational gender-gap is important

Plugging educational gender-gap is important

Nationwide, fewer males are going to college compared with female students, and at least locally, the percentage of male students graduating from high school in four years is lower than their female counterparts.
Updated: 2 months ago

Avon Park councilor should have recused himself from controversial motion

Avon Park City Councilman Parke Sutherland should have known better. When he made his controversial motion to terminate City Manager Julian Deleon Monday, three days after Deleon fired his wife, Maria Sutherland, he should have known he was opening h...
Updated: 2 months ago

Continued success of IB program is refreshing

We remember not too long ago how Highlands County was abuzz with news of an incoming academically rigorous high school curriculum called the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We learned the worldwide program was based in Geneva (hence th...
Updated: 2 months ago