Opinion

Several watershed moments await us in 2016

It’s hard to imagine a whole year has gone. As we take our first step into 2016, it’s impossible not to look back and reflect on 2015 — its good and bad moments.
Updated one month ago

A dark cloud over America

“Hate sucks joy from life as quickly as the burning sun sucks water from the desert.” — Roland Byrd
Updated: 2 months ago

Standing up For Florida’s citrus

You will be hard-pressed to find an American breakfast menu without orange juice on it. On the menus of establishments ranging from small family-owned diners to upscale room service at fancy hotels, orange juice is a staple item that has squeezed its...
Updated: 2 months ago
Beloved editor and publisher will be missed

Beloved editor and publisher will be missed

A good newspaper editor stands for the truth, is willing to fight for the little guy who may not otherwise have a voice, and has the uncanny feel for what readers want to read.
Updated: 2 months ago

Real estate market striking a good balance now

Not so long ago, a For Sale sign in front of a house looked like a permanent fixture. Nothing was selling, foreclosures and short sales were everywhere. A lot of folks were upside down in their homes, owing more than they could hope to make off a sal...
Updated: 4 months ago

Body cameras make sense for law enforcement

Perhaps it’s a sad commentary that our law enforcement needs to take more steps to protect themselves from claims of abuse. Then again, perhaps it’s a positive move to use technology to protect the public from rogue cops. Whatever it is...
Updated: 4 months ago

America runs scared from one of its most pressing issues

Let’s face it, America’s chicken. Make that Congress is too wimpy. So are the American people. We know there’s a big problem with people being gunned down in public places but we would rather send out “positive thoughts an...
Updated: 4 months ago

No flying cars, but UAVs are popping up everywhere

Several decades ago the so-called visionaries claimed we would be buzzing around in flying cars by 2015. That didn’t happen, but something else not predicted is taking the world by storm - unmanned aerial vehicles, or some people incorrectly c...
Updated: 5 months ago

Avon Park has opportunity for a do-over on fire assessments

We’ve all wanted a do-over more than once in our lives. It would be an opportunity to right a wrong or just make a better decision. The Avon Park City Council has an opportunity to get its fire department situation fixed, and we hope they do i...
Updated: 5 months ago

Is the county volunteer fire system that dangerous?

Should fire service be a full-time regional service provided through Highlands County administrators and commissioners? For the record, this is the practice in Polk, Hardee, Desoto, Glades and Okeechobee counties. It is my opinion that Highlands Coun...
Updated: 5 months ago