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The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape monotonous normality, “as swimmers into cleanness leaping.” They got four years mired in Flanders’ mud. In a 2016 referendum, Britons voted, 52 percent to 48 percent, for the ex…

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The Charlotte County Commission held its biennial strategic planning workshop Tuesday at Port Charlotte Beach Park. The workshop is part of the county’s two-year budget process. We are in year two of the current budget and planning for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal year budgets.

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A sellout crowd of over 700 people were in attendance at the Jan. 7 Journey to the Future event co-hosted by TEAM Punta Gorda, Charlotte Community Foundation, the Economic Development Partnership, Smugglers Foundation and the city of Punta Gorda. The theme of the day was “Let’s Learn Together.”

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As The Wall dominated last week’s news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities — one the hard truth, the other a lie — emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president’s toxic narcissism.

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The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such addresses in his eight years in office. Pr…

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At home and abroad, people are now asking a question they’ve dreaded for nearly two years: How will the erratic presidency of Donald Trump function without the steadying hand of Jim Mattis as defense secretary?

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In the carnage of American civic culture, some of the damage is obvious: the dehumanization of political opponents, the devaluation of truth, the rise of conspiracy thinking. But other less evident shifts are no less troubling. One concerns the use of the word "authenticity."

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President Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” was never a serious policy proposal. It was a symbol to reassure his supporters that he would keep the sorts of people they don’t like out of the country. It was also a memory device designed by his advisers to remind Trump to talk about immigration in…

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President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a whole.

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The Charlotte County Commission approved a number of staff changes on Tuesday, confirming my promotions of Assistant County Administrator Hector Flores to deputy county administrator, Legislative Manager Emily Lewis to assistant county administrator and Capital Projects Manager Travis Mortim…

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Tom Mullikin is that guy — you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return.

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