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Letter to the Editor: Senator Montford reflects on 2018 legislative budget

The State of Florida experienced many trials in the past several months. Hurricanes swept across the state leaving unprecedented destruction in their wake. A school shooting devastated families in Broward County and shook the foundation of our state and country, forcing us to reckon with the severe mental health crisis and safety precautions in our schools. Opioid drug use skyrocketed into a crisis demanding that the legislature take a holistic approach to find proactive and timely solutions. These all put a necessary strain on the state budget. However, Florida remains…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Gun laws didn’t save Jaelynn Willey

On Tuesday, March 20, another tragedy occurred; this time in Great Mills, Md. At 7:55 a.m., 17-year-old Wyatt Rollins walked into the school hallway and shot his ex-girlfriend, Jaelynn Willey, in the head and another student in the leg. Within ONE MINUTE, the school resource officer was on scene and shot the shooter. It is still undetermined if the officer’s bullet killed Rollins or if his death was self-inflicted.  According to all witnesses, the two shots were simultaneous. Main stream media has all but skipped over this story! For the…

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Christian Concepts: Stephen Hawking has died

  “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,”(Hebrews  9:27). This verse is a stark reminder that no one gets out of this life alive; neither did famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died on Wednesday, March 14. He was 76 years old. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, when he was 21 years old. Given only two years to live, the rumors of a shortened life were highly exaggerated. Many considered him one of the more…

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From the sunny side… Spare parts, part deux

Last week, I talked about troubles with my vehicle and how I was slowly getting a new vehicle, one part at a time. That hasn’t changed, I still feel that is what is slowly happening. I also mentioned in last week’s visit that I have been having trouble with my left knee. I am certain that the lack of phone calls to the paper here is no indication of the lack of concern amongst my many friends out there. I know that the level of concern for the well-being of…

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