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Today's Opinions

  • Energy’s high cost on our water

     By Eileen Bowers

  • Ask a Lawyer: Can I carry a gun when I drive to other states?

     J. K. of Inglis writes: “I’ve got a question for you… you’ve written about Florida’s Concealed Weapons permit the last two months…what about if I have a Concealed Weapon Permit and I drive to California to see my daughter. Can I get in trouble if I carry my gun on me? I can do that, can’t I?”

  • Ya learn somethin’ everyday

    By Bev Ringenburg

    Over the past month I’ve pretty much been confined to the couch because of foot surgery, which means I’ve had a bit more time to do some channel surfing and finally learned how to watch programs “On Demand” (I know, I’m way behind the times).  What I found was the Documentary Channel and what I watched were two pretty interesting documentary films called “Tapped” (produced in 2009) and “Bag-It” (produced in 2010).

  • Chamber is grateful

    We can't thank all the members and non members who helped make this year's Jolly Roger Auction such a success. Approximately 150 people attended and many couldn't get in the door! 

    Many people remarked how nice the brochure featured our donating businesses and said that they would be returning to this event next year. We had over nine groups that had previously attended last year, and came back and spent big again. We have Cedar Key loyalists.

  • All I Ever Wanted To Be Was A Cowboy By Bill Roberts

    Back in the early 1960s, I was living in the Ocala National Forest in an area between the Oklawaha River and the St. Johns. My great-grandfather, Anderson Roberts homesteaded here when Florida was still just a territory.

  • Social Security Questions and Answers

     By Kay Louder

  • A 4-inch knife is a concealed weapon

    K. M. of Old Town writes, “I’ve got a question…last month you wrote about taking a gun into a bar being illegal, but taking a gun into a restaurant wasn’t, if you have a concealed weapon permit. What about a knife? What’s the rule there?


    Dear K. M.

  • The Reinvention of Fire

    A look at history shows us that our energy sources have never remained static, with renewables such as wind and solar widespread several times in the past millennia, only to be displaced by a glut of cheap fuel.  

    Some sources become obsolete as their time has passed; others are taken over by their competitors as we are seeing with oil and coal. 

     The U.S. stopped the direct use of coal and oil for transportation and buildings in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively.