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When local voters were asked to cast their ballots in the Primary and General elections, they did just that. In August, two newcomers were voted in to replace incumbents in the School Board of Highlands County and the Highlands County Board of County Commission. In the November election, two…

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Three crashes caused by impaired drivers going the wrong way on Tampa Bay highways have added to the region’s grim toll from these senseless tragedies. While the Florida Department of Transportation is rightly ramping up efforts to reduce these collisions using technology to detect wrong-way…

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As the sun rose higher last Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Legacy Trail in Venice and Nokomis became busier with walkers, joggers and people on bicycles of all descriptions – sleek, pricey road bikes; beach cruisers with fat tires; tandems, recumbents, everyday mom-and-pop bikes and garag…

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The Federal Reserve Board recently adopted far-reaching reforms in the way American banks are regulated. On balance they are a sensible reaction to changes in the banking industry since the market crash of 2008, but they should be strengthened by reform in the way banks keep their books.

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While unusual health threats of all types make headlines, the public should not fail to be proactive against a common illness that contributes to the deaths of 3,000 to 50,000 individuals every year depending on the severity of the season.

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When local voters were asked to cast their ballots in the Primary and General elections, they did just that. In August, two newcomers were voted in to replace incumbents in the School Board of Highlands County and the Highlands County Board of County Commission. In the November election, two…

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Three crashes caused by impaired drivers going the wrong way on Tampa Bay highways have added to the region’s grim toll from these senseless tragedies. While the Florida Department of Transportation is rightly ramping up efforts to reduce these collisions using technology to detect wrong-way…

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As the sun rose higher last Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Legacy Trail in Venice and Nokomis became busier with walkers, joggers and people on bicycles of all descriptions – sleek, pricey road bikes; beach cruisers with fat tires; tandems, recumbents, everyday mom-and-pop bikes and garag…

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The Federal Reserve Board recently adopted far-reaching reforms in the way American banks are regulated. On balance they are a sensible reaction to changes in the banking industry since the market crash of 2008, but they should be strengthened by reform in the way banks keep their books.

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While unusual health threats of all types make headlines, the public should not fail to be proactive against a common illness that contributes to the deaths of 3,000 to 50,000 individuals every year depending on the severity of the season.

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The political war that seems to have been in our midst since Tuesday’s Election Day fails to compare to the tragedies of a real war … those that were and are fought by men and women serving this great nation. Many of these heroes chose to serve out of honor to the deep commitment made by our…

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Sometimes the media is criticized for sensationalizing a story and then, when the hoopla dies down, failing to report the outcome.

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Following the 2016 election, it became clear social media sites had been used to spread false information, including bogus ads placed by foreign entities. Social media companies promised to clean up their act, but the events of the 2018 campaign cycle suggest that was more lip service than s…

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For the past eight years, Jack Richie has had a seat on the Highlands County Board of County Commission. The word spoken by his peers over and over Tuesday morning regarding his service was “passion.”

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Many folks with graying (or thinning) hair and achy joints remember 1968. With apologies to Ervin Drake, composer of a song that was a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1965, it wasn’t a very good year.

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As you see reminders to set your clocks back one hour before bedtime tonight, you may find yourself asking:

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The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America estimates insurance losses from Hurricane Michael to range from $2 billion to $4.5 billion. The huge disparity between the high and low number simply reinforces the scope of loss.

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The effects of climate change are coming harder and faster, according to a recent report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, a child born today — if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut nearly in half before she’s a teen — will live in a world on track t…

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