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In Mike Lee's article Monday, Sept. 17, I saw need to differ with some of his "opinions." Because teachers or anyone else feel they are entitled to make money doesn't, in my opinion, make me believe they are saying they are "inherently deserving of privileges of special treatment."

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Let the bloodletting begin as we go into the election cycle we affectionately refer to as the “midterms.” Both parties are now at full throttle to destroy each other and give the public another taste of dysfunctional government actions. The Republicans are hanging on by their fingernails to …

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Last night was the second annual Women in Business event hosted by this newspaper. Writing this column prior to the event, I’m already excited because over 300 local women are expected to attend. I remember looking around the celebration last year in awe of the enormity of talent, dedication…

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The people who serve you food in the restaurants, make repairs to your home and car, check your vitals at the doctor office, or handle your weekly banking needs all have something in common: the need for affordable housing.

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I never liked the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” The implication was that we’d entered some dystopian era in which America was unexceptional, unpleasant, and diminished. Watching the red-hatted #MAGA folk cheer at Donald Trump’s rallies angered me, because the passionate elders …

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Fads come and go. Some begin to smell and hang around far longer than they should. Case in point is “fake news,” which is the latest parroting point from an administration which holds the big trifecta, yet can’t seem to get out of its own way. Simply put, if you don’t agree with the media re…

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Suicide is something that is rarely talked about until the person affected has gotten to the point where they think that is their only recourse. By then it is too late.

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Despite a 2010 law that requires federal agencies to describe rules and regulations in plain language, most government writing is STILL unintelligible. I met with my federal-bureaucrat mole, Deep Gibberish — and his interpreter — for answers.

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Sexual assault is a real problem everywhere and is among the most under-reported crimes, for several reasons, but when you look at the problem nationally, the numbers are staggering.

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Well, I can tell you for certain there’s a good chance you’re going to get offended if you continue reading. You have been warned, proceed at your own risk. I’m just kidding, of course. I would never write about a topic that might upset you. I write only about the beautiful, positive, uplift…

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GOP gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, both cite water and environment as top issues. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, both claim credit for Everglades restoration and cleanup efforts in the Indian River Lagoon.

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I joke with friends and family that one day I hope to retire. I use the term “joke” because I really hope that is all it is. I really do want to be able to retire some day, on my own terms. In order to do that the way I want, I’d like to be able to travel some day. Some of those places I’d l…

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Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party drumming up a fictional, anonymous woman who said she knew something bad about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that supposedly happened 37 years ago, when he was a minor child. Instead of reporting this "egregious" act to the police at the time…

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Trump has made many claims about the economy. I have an IRA and it has been doing great since Trump took office. That same IRA has been doing great since 2010.

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Like the ancient biblical plague of locusts, Senator Nelson emerges from hibernation every six years or so (election time) to tell we Floridians of all the wonderful things he's done to make our lives better. Really? What so, pray tell?

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The Florida Supreme Court got two right and two wrong when it decided last week which of four contested constitutional amendments should appear on the Nov. 6 ballot ... In these cases, the Constitution Revision Commission snuck a couple of fast curves past the justices. Here’s hoping the vot…

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As we enter into a new hurricane season, after reveling in Hurricane Irma stories of good people helping others in this time of crisis, let us take a serious look at the other side of the disaster. Using the tool of critical reasoning, let’s consider our shortcomings. Or are we too immature,…

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A year ago this past Monday, Highlands County, Florida got an unwelcome visit from Hurricane Irma. This week the Highlands News-Sun has been telling stories of the year since the storm came roaring in and disrupted our lives.

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University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, who announced Monday she will retire in July, will leave behind a remarkable legacy. The university’s longest-serving president led USF’s transformation from a commuter school to a destination university that has made dramatic strides in a…

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The primary elections are over and the campaigns for the November general election are heating up! In less than two months we will be faced with choices that will greatly affect the future of our state and our nation. Political pundits are claiming that the governor’s race in Florida will be…

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As you read this, the coast of North and South Carolina is being mercilessly battered by Hurricane Florence. Just a year ago, it was our turn. For what seemed like an eternity, we endured the howling, whipping winds of Hurricane Irma. The torrential rains, the downed trees, power lines, fenc…

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