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What is happening to the All-American high school star athletes in this county? A couple of the (mostly) young men who show so much potential throughout their high school careers are finding themselves on the wrong side of the iron bars.

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Florida is a state that values efficiency and performance, so it’s been an outrage that our elected leaders have allowed the state’s prison system to take a back seat to those in Georgia and Texas.

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Most everybody knows Florida public schools get a letter grade based in large part on how well their students do on standardized tests, whether it’s how many are working at grade level or whether the school’s lowest-achieving students are making adequate progress. But that letter grade doesn…

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Newly installed Gov. Ron DeSantis sent Floridians a bipartisan message that they haven’t heard from leaders in Tallahassee for a while. In his 16-minute inauguration speech on Tuesday, DeSantis sounded sincere when he spoke of Republicans and Democrats working together for the good of Florida.

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Newly installed Gov. Ron DeSantis sent Floridians a bipartisan message that they haven’t heard from leaders in Tallahassee for a while. In his 16-minute inauguration speech on Tuesday, DeSantis sounded sincere when he spoke of Republicans and Democrats working together for the good of Florida.

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The lease has been signed. The planning is complete. Design and construction will begin soon in Punta Gorda.

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Americans have grown all too familiar with the horror of school shootings. One of the worst ever, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and provoked the state to tighten its gun laws. The tragedy and others like it have given parents cause to worry when th…

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Many notable people died in 2018 and not only do they leave their historical footprint, but discernment in their recorded words that can continue to guide us into the next year.

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We have our reservations about Ron DeSantis’s choice of Richard Corcoran as state education commissioner. Corcoran, the former House speaker, is no friend to public schools.

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Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is a good, thoughtful and well-meaning man who cares about kids, closing the achievement gap and ensuring schools are safe for everyone.

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As Florida’s roads get busier and busier, distracted driving is more dangerous than ever. It’s past time to crack down on texting while driving, and next year should be the year the Florida Legislature finally makes it a primary offense so drivers could be pulled over and ticketed without ha…

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Mention the Federal Emergency Management Agency in this state, and you’re sure to get a variety of responses. For each person who cheers FEMA for having helped them rebuild after a hurricane, you’re likely to meet one or more who waited too long for help to arrive. According to government au…

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New Year’s Day is not a magical moment. It simply marks the completion of another orbit around the sun for our planet. Behaviors do not change simply because the date has changed, everyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows that. What were problems on Dec. 31 remain problems on Jan. 1.

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Fireworks will be displayed in large settings and in back yards tonight as we ring in the New Year. For many, it is as traditional as watching the ball drop from New York City’s Times Square or toasting the New Year in with a sip of champagne.

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The month of December should be one of celebration and anticipation for what is commonly known as the happiest holiday season of the year. While it was that way for many in Highlands County, it was also a worrisome month.

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Smart justice — the principle that the criminal justice system can maintain public safety at less cost — has wide bipartisan support in Washington.

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Christmas and New Year’s is meant to be a joyful season. A time for us to spend with friends and loved ones. A time for excitement, the reminder of love and appreciation and a reflection on the meaning for the holiday.

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For most of us, we wake up this morning knowing that the buzz of Christmas is done. Packages have been opened, torn wrapping paper picked up and in the trash can, leftovers have been put away for nibbling on through the week.

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A very Merry Christmas to all today — especially to all the children filled with the spirit of joy and wonder on this special day in our calendar.

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Editor’s Note: In September of 1897, The New York Sun received a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon. That letter prompted Francis Church, one of the editors, to write what has become perhaps the most famous newpaper editorial of all time. The Highlands News-Sun takes pleasure sharing i…

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There is reason for hope that incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis will reverse the unfortunate course of the Scott administration and restore environmental protection to its rightful place as a top priority of state government.

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