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Today's Opinions

  • Medicare turns 46 on July 30

    By Doug Heinlen
    Everything changes as it accumulates more birthdays—including vital programs like Medicare.  
    Medicare turns 46 on July 30, and oh, how it has changed throughout the years.
    One landmark event for Medicare, as for most elements of U.S. health care, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most aspects of the new national health-care law.    As implementation of the new law proceeds, what does the future hold for Medicare?

  • Editorial toon for the week of July 26
  • For FWC, it’s a question of balance

    From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Conservation Corner: A personal connection with Florida’s water

    By Peggy Herrick

  • Ask a Lawyer: No concealed weapons where alcohol is served

    M. C. of Otter Creek writes, “I went to my favorite local bar the other night to have a few beers and shoot some pool. This one guy who drank too much got a little mean after I beat him for the fifth time and I thought he was going to come after me with his cue stick. I’ve got a concealed weapon permit and I carry a gun wherever I go as a general rule, so I showed him my gun and warned him. Next thing I know, I get thrown out of the bar and the owner tells me I’m lucky he didn’t call the police. Can he do that?

  • Life’s most important ingredient: water

    In the last Conservation Corner titled “A Sustainable Model”, there was laid out a concept to compost the yard waste, dredge spoils and food waste. Upon further research, that concept is just not going to work for Cedar Key for two main reasons.
    First, there is the problem of scale. Our island’s dozen or so restaurants do not produce enough food waste to make the composting of that waste financially feasible. Also, the DEP regulations are intended for much larger operations then what the island’s needs are.

  • Do I have to pay $21,000 for a Medivac ride?

    J.M. of Morriston asks, “My husband, who is in his mid-fifties, had a serious medical incident occur several months ago which required me to call for emergency assistance. When the EMT’s arrived, my husband was unconscious. The EMT’s called for a helicopter but by the time the helicopter got there he had regained consciousness and was able to talk without difficulty. He didn’t think he needed to go in the helicopter to the hospital but they insisted he should do so, especially since it was on its way. The flight to the hospital took less than an hour.

  • Composting facility: A sustainable model

    What exactly does sustainable mean? A definition of sustainable is:  capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. It encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible management of resources.