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Friday, Mar 06, 2015


Voter engagement is the key to fixing our democracy

It seems like people everywhere are throwing their hands up in disgust with Congress and our state legislatures. They believe nothing can be done to save what once were great institutions representing the people. But there are things that can be done...
Published: 03/01/15

Exciting things are happening in our downtowns

There’s plenty going on around Highlands County. Our two cities and one town are humming along nicely, seeing great improvements over just a few short years ago, and the future looks bright.
Published: 02/22/15

Other countries need to put boots on the ground

It’s great that Jordanian Air Force jets are pounding ISIS targets in response to the barbaric act of torching a Jordanian pilot who was captured. Add to that air strikes from America and others, and real successes are being seen in some areas...
Published: 02/15/15

A few simple changes would make U.S. 27 safer

No, U.S. 27 cannot compete with I-4 and many of the state’s other busy highways for sheer amount of traffic. It’s not even close. Just the same, there’s no denying that our congested highway - at least part of the season - has se...
Updated: 1 months ago

Letters to the editor

Improving U.S. 27
Updated: 1 months ago

It’s doubtful that the world will be prepared for the next pandemic

If we learned anything about the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, it’s that we - as a world community - were unprepared and the result could have been much more catastrophic than it turned out.
Updated: 1 months ago

Aviation expo continues to grow every year

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is making a name for itself across the globe and here in the United States. It’s the perfect expo for our city and county, and it’s starting to pay off in many ways.
Updated: 1 months ago

Harvard's dean has good reason to visit Florida's heartland

Most people accept that a college degree can significantly increase your lifetime earning potential, but increasing rates of college attainment also brings local, regional and even national economic benefits. However, in rural and often low-income sc...
Updated: 1 months ago

Rules for the new snowbird

First off you need to know that we are very happy to have you here in Highlands County. If this is your first time, or you just need an update about Highlands County, here are a few things you need to know. Keep in mind that some of them are tongue a...
Updated: 1 months ago

To live and to die

If I have learned anything in this marvelous episode called life, it is that it is totally unpredictable. There are days of pure joy and nights of pure dread. These past couple of years have been among the most painful, trying; yet, instructive years...
Updated: 1 months ago