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Today's Opinions

  • True Faith: When and how will wars end?

    "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." (Romans 12:17-18 NIV)

    One bumper sticker that has been appearing for a while proclaims the message, "Stop This Endless War!" Whenever we see something like that, we assume that the person is concerned about all the carnage and human degradation that goes along with armed conflicts. Exactly which war this bumper sticker is crying out to us about is a question that only the owner of the bumper knows.

  • True Faith: Seniors, God's world is waiting for you!

    "If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand." (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Naked in the Streets

    Naked in the streets. How long has it been since you've read those words? Let me guess. Sometime seven or eight years ago I bet, in the Cedar Key Beacon. Those words marked the heading of a long-running weekly column written by Van Proctor. The heading featured a picture of Van wearing a broad-rimmed straw hat, a hat few have ever seen, at least not in public. Van was a standard of sorts. He wrote whatever he wanted and he got away with it.

  • Reflections: Hawaiian revision

    Last week I wrote about the Hawaiian Islands and made a boo-boo. I said the Island of Kawai was known for its popular places. I mentioned Honolulu, Waikiki Beach and a few others like Diamond Head. But, duh! Anyone knows those places are not on Kawai. What I meant to say was the Island of Oahu. Honolulu and the other places are on Oahu.

    The funny thing is I have been to Hawaii. It was just drain bramage that made me do it. As a matter of fact I have been to Hawaii twice before, so I don't know how I made the boo-boo. Well, anyway, here's some accurate information:

  • Fishing Lines: The ultimate challenge: Who knew?

    Throughout my fishing career I have always tried to seek new challenges. Challenges are what bring us back to the water time after time to reach new goals or overcome extreme adversities.

    I have pursued and won challenges like light line tarpon, huge sharks, bull redfish on 10-pound test, spear fishing, and guiding, all of which can test your skills and patience.

    But none of these difficult challenges compares with the task I took on last week on the FFA trip out to Seahorse Key.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Spring in the Refuge

    Some days back, I was off to the Refuge to note how things have changed over the past several weeks. It is not yet dawn. I take loop road. Fields and uplands come awake. Little birds are in an impromptu chorus led by tiny wrens with uplifted tail feathers and loud crisp songs, notes grouped in two, three, four, and more, "Cedar, Cedar, Cedar Key," "Veeger, veeger, veeger, veeger, veeger."

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: On the road again...

    Remember how simple it used to be to go on a vacation or any other trip? All you had to do was throw some clothes and toilet articles into a suitcase, throw the suitcase into the car and off you go. Now we have so many other necessities to take along, it is such a major undertaking that you have to start packing days ahead of time.

  • Reflections: Island time

    When I was a child I was curious about the mysteries of our planet. I still am to this day.

    Soon I will be going to the Hawaiian Islands and have been doing a little research in preparation. This will be especially helpful when I fly above, but low over them in a small airplane. I have reserved a Cessna like mine for when I arrive.

    The beginnings of the Hawaiian island chain are intriguing. They started in one of the most remote places on earth from the movement of tectonic plates deep below the Pacific Ocean over 70 million years ago.