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Today's Opinions

  • Yearling steers go swimming

    Back on the farm at Twentymile Bend things had settled down after a brush by a tropical wave that dumped 12 inches of rain on top of us. 

    But my father, as usual, was thinking up ways to keep my brother Jerry and me busy. We were dreading what he might come up with next, because on a farm there were so many dirty jobs available. 

    I had spent one summer building fence and didn't want to have that ever again. 

  • Citizens beaten financially

    I am reading what seems to be a dime novel. The budget is being cut for all of the departments but EMS and Fire and they seem to be increasing theirs about $2.5 million. That is the new number that the new assessment will generate. I propose that a mileage log be used in every unit in the charge. They need to cut back if everyone else does, or do they?

    The job situation, economy in general, plus the threat of Obama Care Co-pay at the VA will raise a lot. Everyone wants more money, even when there is none to get. 

  • 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.