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It’s hard to believe, probably more for me than you, but it is coming up on three years that I have been writing this weekly column. I am very thankful to the Highlands News-Sun for their willingness, as well as their patience and graciousness, in allowing me this privilege and honor. There …

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The massive college admissions scam — where rich and famous people in California are being charged with cheating and paying bribes to get their kids into top colleges — is only the tip of what is said to be a really dirty iceberg.

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So, in case you missed it, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms owned by the giant social media company were down for most of us Wednesday. People took it in stride and life went on.

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Following those last couple of 45-degree nights, I declared the end of cold weather. Sure enough by the end of last week, spring slipped into Florida while Jack Frost still meanders about our northern states and Midwest.

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Past Senator Denise Grimsley (FL) and Governor [Matt] Bevin of Kentucky were on the right message: let’s get over the hysteria of guns, look at the documented facts behind shooting; look at prescription drugs, video games inciting killing, discipline, morality, the role religion plays in our lives!

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The concept of honorable, representative government in America is being traded in (much like a used car) for the mindless partisanship and selfish, ego-driven, phony leadership. We are witnessing the granite-strong pillars of democracy being steadily replaced with the weak, straw-like struct…

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I find myself, tonight, in a reflective mood and I thought we might take a few minutes reflecting on some things. My hope is that it will spur you to do the same. I suspect most of us spend some time reflecting and some time looking forward. While we don’t want to spend too much time looking…

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To be more concerned with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own, is the definition and noble act of selflessness. Within our county of now over 100,000 people, that leaves quite a few others with whom you can share your time and concern. Yet the true potential lies within each i…

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As many readers of this column know, I teach a ladies Bible class every week. It’s something I enjoy doing – the ladies in the class are a great group of women who keep me on my toes and kindly laugh at my jokes.

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Because of the actions of some very disgusting, anti-American politicians, our president has found himself in the position of fighting two parties instead of one. I have voted in every election since Richard Nixon as either a Republican or a Democrat, but never have I seen such a mob of self…

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Recently we have cultivated an interest in a particular Netflix British gardening show. Somehow viewing an episode each evening helps us wind down from our hectic, always on the go schedule. Each barren yard is transformed over a period of about a year due to the growing cycles in that clima…

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“Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.” Visit www.internationalwomensday.com. The International Women’s Day website is the go-to hub for every…

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This newspaper has not been silent when it comes to voicing concerns about traffic issues in Highlands County. We have talked about the number of crashes, some of the worst intersections, the crashes that have resulted in fatalities and the fact that the county no longer has a dedicated law …

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Following those last couple of 45-degree nights, I declared the end of cold weather. Sure enough by the end of last week, spring slipped into Florida while Jack Frost still meanders about our northern states and Midwest.

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Past Senator Denise Grimsley (FL) and Governor [Matt] Bevin of Kentucky were on the right message: let’s get over the hysteria of guns, look at the documented facts behind shooting; look at prescription drugs, video games inciting killing, discipline, morality, the role religion plays in our lives!

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The concept of honorable, representative government in America is being traded in (much like a used car) for the mindless partisanship and selfish, ego-driven, phony leadership. We are witnessing the granite-strong pillars of democracy being steadily replaced with the weak, straw-like struct…

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I find myself, tonight, in a reflective mood and I thought we might take a few minutes reflecting on some things. My hope is that it will spur you to do the same. I suspect most of us spend some time reflecting and some time looking forward. While we don’t want to spend too much time looking…

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WASHINGTON — Last December, I asked a question related to Martha McSally as she was about to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the late John McCain: “What more could you want in a senator?”

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To be more concerned with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own, is the definition and noble act of selflessness. Within our county of now over 100,000 people, that leaves quite a few others with whom you can share your time and concern. Yet the true potential lies within each i…

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As many readers of this column know, I teach a ladies Bible class every week. It’s something I enjoy doing – the ladies in the class are a great group of women who keep me on my toes and kindly laugh at my jokes.

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Because of the actions of some very disgusting, anti-American politicians, our president has found himself in the position of fighting two parties instead of one. I have voted in every election since Richard Nixon as either a Republican or a Democrat, but never have I seen such a mob of self…

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Recently we have cultivated an interest in a particular Netflix British gardening show. Somehow viewing an episode each evening helps us wind down from our hectic, always on the go schedule. Each barren yard is transformed over a period of about a year due to the growing cycles in that clima…

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“Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.” Visit www.internationalwomensday.com. The International Women’s Day website is the go-to hub for every…

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After reading both of these articles (County sees fifth fatal crash from Wednesday, Feb. 27 and How many? from Saturday, March 2, 2019) I cannot help but wonder, when will the two parties that can have an impact on stopping these accidents actually do something about them?

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Last week I started a column inspired by an email I received from Jim Rohn and success.com regarding time management. As promised, here is part 2.

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This newspaper has not been silent when it comes to voicing concerns about traffic issues in Highlands County. We have talked about the number of crashes, some of the worst intersections, the crashes that have resulted in fatalities and the fact that the county no longer has a dedicated law …

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With America’s national debt surpassing a frightening $22 trillion, it makes sense that fewer people are volunteering their hard-earned dough to help reduce it.

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WASHINGTON — There’s identity – and then there’s identity politics. The difference between them may well be the crux of our next presidential election.

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I’m typing this column amid getting ready for a trip. I will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a week-long writing workshop/conference.

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In response to a recent letter to the editor re: School Board Term Limits and opting out of paying School Board members:

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