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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Opinion

Florida must get tougher on texting drivers

Short of drunk driving or falling asleep, few things behind the wheel of a vehicle are as potentially destructive as texting while driving. So what happens if you get caught doing it? In Florida the fine can be as low as $30. There’s something...
Published: 05/24/15

Looking under the hood is a good thing

BY JULIAN DELEON
Published: 05/21/15

Landfill, recycling estimate holds promise for our county

Is Highlands County’s search for answers regarding recycling and landfill management coming to an end? Well, not quite, but at least some headway is being made, and some of the early estimations look promising.
Published: 05/17/15

A gentleman, editor and friend

Author and journalist E. W. Howe once said, “When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” And so, I shall abide by E. W. Howe’s recommen...
Updated one month ago

Diversifying the economy is exactly what Highlands County needs

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what Highlands County really needs. It’s been evident for a long time and a lot of people work themselves silly to make it happen. Progress is slow, though, but improvements are on the way.
Updated one month ago

It’s all about the numbers

When I read newspaper articles about something that violates accepted standards of decency or morality in a flagrant or shocking way, I often recall a crucial number for months thereafter.
Updated one month ago

Early school starts are tough on kids, and parents

Some problems are so complex that a good answer pleasing everyone is impossible. That’s the case with three Highlands County elementary schools and their start times.
Updated: 2 months ago

Crimes against our most vulnerable sometimes hard to prosecute

We can all agree that crime of any kind is a bad thing, but we also can agree that some is worse than others. Crime against anyone due to their vulnerability is one of the worst kinds, and it happens here in Highlands County.
Updated: 2 months ago

Passing feel-good legislation does little to improve our lives

For centuries, our politicians have used smoke and mirrors to get us all worked up over little things so they can ignore the big things. It’s still alive and well, in Florida as well as every other state and at the federal level. One example i...
Updated: 2 months ago

U.S. 27 has many trouble spots that need improved

Being a highway engineer studying U.S. 27 through Avon Park and Sebring must be the challenge of a lifetime. Figuring out how to make all the traffic flow, with all the access points, would be a difficult task for any engineer. Despite the difficulty...
Updated: 2 months ago