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Today's Opinions

  • Ask a Lawyer

    According to many experts, the economic meltdown our country is now experiencing is due, in large part, to a virtual collapse in our housing industry. From all accounts, the billions of dollars being expended by the U. S. Government to bail out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and others is the result of the failure of bad loans. The question may reasonably be asked, are unscrupulous lenders to blame, or are irresponsible borrowers at fault? And just what is a ‘predatory loan’?

  • Insects, insecticides and growing vegetables you can eat

    I cannot, after much silence, think of when I lived without bugs and insects in my life. They are all over the planet! There must be one million bugs for every human on earth, perhaps more! They live under ground, in the trees and in the water as well. When there are no vegetables in your garden they attack. Something else, then, when you plant your garden they concentrate, attack and destroy.

  • A personal manifestation?

    There are many wonderful opportunities that I have being a church pastor. One of these is that I occasionally get to hear many fine and creative excuses as to why whoever it is that I happen to be speaking to does not attend church. Mostly these are quite unsolicited. Folks find out that I am a pastor and just launch into one completely of their own. I have been a pastor for less than three years and I already have a formidable collection. Look for them under the title Church Absences, a Glossary of Lame Excuses coming to a bookstore near you.

  • Perfect soil is not as critical as some may think

    The three major elements for plant growth are food, water, and sunlight. Of these water is the most dominant – with the exception perhaps of the fungi of mushrooms, which grow in dark caves and possibly your closet. Notice, of these three major elements, soil is not mentioned!

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor:

    Congratulations to your appointment as Editor of the Cedar Key Beacon. We had been coming to Cedar Key for 50 years and many times spend more time there than we do at our home in St. Pete. We have subscribed to your excellent paper for many years.

  • Seeds or transplants?

    To choose or not to choose, that is the question! There are a number of factors to consider between seeds and transplants. The main consideration is how well a plant will survive the transplant process. In other words: transplant-ability. Some plants could care less, such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and cauliflower. Other vegetables such as carrot, English and Southern peas, beans, melons and turnips have a hard time surviving transplant.

  • Thank You

    Some decades back, I arrived in the Cedar Keys not really sure where I was going. A new company was in my mind and I needed a place without hustle and bustle to relax, think and plan. Heading north up the west coast of Florida on Route Nineteen, I turned left on any hard surfaced road looking for the Gulf of Mexico. Known even then by the nickname “Trouble”, I crossed Number Four Bridge after an arduous drive from nowhere onto the Cedar Keys, miles out in the Gulf.

  • No time to retire

    Thanksgiving is over and now it is off to Christmas. Before you know it, it will be New Year’s Day. Where did all the time go?

    Funny how your mind works, but twenty years ago I never envisioned living in the year 2009. Actually, I never envisioned being over sixty-years-old… but here I am and I’m still not retired.

    Several years ago I looked forward to the day I could retire. Hah, that didn’t happen. I must have been having pipe dreams, thinking I could retire at age sixty-two.