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Today's Opinions

  • Fishing Lines: Upside to global warming?

    I am absolutely certain without a doubt that the global warming stuff is true. Here is my scientific, can't-be-wrong evidence. For the past seven years (or seems so) my whip-poor-will has returned to the woods next to me on EXACTLY March 21, a.k.a. the first day of spring. But this year he returned on St. Patrick's Day (March 17), which is a full four days early. I can also add an extra day for leap year, which means that he actually returned five days early. No doubt now, the icebergs will be melting, and those of us who live toward Otter Creek will soon have ocean-front property.

  • Reflections: Automotive trivia: Did you know?

    Today's standard passenger vehicle is the most important source of transportation in the world. Over 300 million cars are registered worldwide. Without the automobile, millions of people would not get to work.

    So common is today's automobile, there is a gas station in every town in the United States no matter how small. But this was not always the case. In the 1890's, cars were so rare they were often displayed in circuses.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Keeping your computer secure

    We have all read, or heard, the horror stories from people that have had a major virus infection on their computer. Today, with easy access to the Internet from anywhere in the world, the virus threat continues to increase. But there are steps you can take to keep your computer (and your data) secure.

  • True Faith: How many sins will condemn us?

    “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4 NIV)

    Is there a sin gene? Will DNA researchers someday discover that sin consists of a molecular structure and is scientifically observable so that a new professional endeavor will be devoted to eradicating this blight from humanity utilizing sophisticated treatments? Will these treatments be considered a violation of human rights, because they destroy an individual’s unique personality?

  • Fishing Lines: Be patient - grouper are coming

    I remember an old saying that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. Well that is certainly true for this March so far. High winds and bitter cold (for Florida) dominated much of the first half of March, so I am expecting very mild temps to escort the second half of this month out like a lamb.

  • Reflections: Musings on the Tree City

    Out of town for a little while.

    This past week I have been in Tallahassee, Florida taking in some educational courses for my new job. Tallahassee is a beautiful place - except it is just dog gone cold here.

    Living on the west coast of Florida makes you take for granted the usually mild winters we have. It gets considerably colder towards the interior of the State, especially further north, and northwest like in Tallahassee.

  • True Faith: Have you decided?

    "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 2:14 NIV)

    In the summer of 2001, our move to Cedar Key was much like what most preacher families go through around the country. All our belongings, which consists of way too many books, periodicals, old sermon outlines along with our household goods and personal belongings were loaded on a rental truck. Some last minute items were packed in the car that was on a trailer pulled behind the truck.

  • Fishing Lines: Trout are back! - sort of

    Trout season opened March 1 with cold water on the flats and mixed results.

    Many flats fishermen thought that the 29-day closed season might leave the trout hungry and ready to jump on fishermen's offerings, but several cold nights and cool days recently have kept many of the trout deep in their winter pattern.

    Sure, a few fishermen were able find trout on the flats, but very few returned to port with success stories.

    It seems that for the most part, north of Horseshoe and south of Ozello had the best trout results this weekend.