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Opinion

  • Hello to all our Cedar Key guests and to our locals, howdy.

    This week I would like to start by saying thanks to everyone for all the kind words about the fishing reports. Anyone that knows me knows I'm no ritter (haha) but I do love to talk fishin.

  • Over the last two months we have shared background information about solar energy, solar water heaters and solar electric panels.  Now we’d like to answer some of your questions.

     

    Question 1:  OK, so I’m convinced I would be doing something good for the environment in the long run, but how much is it going to cost me now?

  • Hey there everyone. Man, what a week I had the other side of fishing.

    Fishing reports are great. And fishing shows are really neat, very informative and entertaining –a lot like fishin’ reports should be.

    But there is a lot of drama behind it all. This week I was able to hit the water four days – three Cedar Key trips an’ one day in Steinhatchee. All days were great fishing (of course) but I had both my color GPS units go back to lowrance, my trolling motor breaks, an’ my 225 mercury blows a head gasket.

  • This past week Jews in Florida, across the United States, throughout Israel, and all around the world paused to remember the Six Million and the persecuted survivors. They mourned the loss of unique ways of life, progeny, and creativity. They vowed that the horrors of institutionalized exploitation of prejudice welded to planned, intentional, and organized genocide will never happen again. They honored Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  •  About two weeks ago, with Father's Day just around the corner, I found myself on a plane traveling across country to pay tribute to a man I used to call father-in-law, but who always remained family.

    Andy died in a motorcycle accident just a couple hours after my 10-year-old son, Taylor, thanked him by phone for the birthday present and photos he sent of himself on that very motorcycle. He was only 59, with so much life left to live.

  • Dear Editor,

    Recently published columns considered the value of paper recycling and its impact on land use and the demand for trees (Wilson, May 28). Recycling paper does, indeed, suppress demand, and subsequently puts downward pressure on the price of wood fiber. However, a significant elasticity exists in the supply because of the extraction of timber and timber products from our national forests.

  • Growing up near Long Island, New York in my teens much of my fishing was done on the many beaches brunting on the Atlantic Ocean. Most of our catch would be kingfish (southern whiting), weakfish (southern trout), striped bass and that nasty, ferocious bluefish. Intermixed were skates and my unforgettable sting ray. An occasional catch was the comical blowfish (southern puffer).

  • We've all become more aware of our critical responsibility to respect, maintain and conserve Florida's water resources.

    At times when our rivers are flooding and water seems to be everywhere we don't want it, water conservation seems unnecessary.

    But when we remember that no matter how much it rains only a portion of this water actually seeps back into North Florida's aquifers (which are where more than 90 percent of our drinking water comes from), we have to admit that it is important to conserve this vital resource.

  • While attending high school graduation for my daughter recently a parent asked me what the secret is to raising children who are successful in school. I was caught a bit off guard. I was emotional as I always am when seeing developing minds recognized for their achievements. I didn’t have an answer ready.

    Of all the things that I could have mentioned, the first thing out of my mouth was to encourage a household culture of reading.

    I didn’t have time to explain what I meant.

  • Last July, the Cedar Key Beacon's then-editor Jenna McKenna's mom passed away. She had donated her body to science. Here are some thoughts on that donation in a column that ran a week after her death.

    While her family and friends were celebrating her life and mourning her death last week, Mom was nowhere nearby.

    She was on her way (back) to college. Sometime around her third cancer surgery, Mom and her husband decided to will their bodies to science.

  • Composting for home gardening is a rapidly growing practice. And well it should be. Putting back into the soil all that we take out, minus what we use, is elementary logic.

    When we start to compost we must first select an ideal location and choose among a variety of composting container(s). Knowing how much you intend to compost, how quickly you need it, and how much time you have for the project will help you choose wisely.

  • The fall season of 2008 proved to be my best season yet for vegetable production and sale. With even more land available I decided to expand to find out what my maximum ability, within reason, could do. The only machinery I use is a rototiller and the rest is accomplished with hand tools.

  • The Deverin’s report to Conservation Corner:

    By now, most folks know why we should recycle: good stewardship, finite resources, reduced energy use, less dependence on petroleum products, all the environmental issues, etc. Those are all good reasons to recycle, BUT recycling comes down to a personal decision, a household decision, a business decision to make a concerted effort to recycle.

  • To the Editor:

    Last week I was given a Mayor’s Citizenship Award plaque by Mayor Heath Davis, citing my “efforts with the Conservation Initiative.”

    (And, before I go on, I want to lead a big round of applause for Ms. Connie Nelson, who received her Mayor’s Citizenship Award last week also, in recognition of all her years of service to our community.)

  • GOOD NEWS FROM CEDAR KEY’S ENERGY ADVISORY PANEL

    I am writing this column to let everyone in Cedar Key know the success of the various efforts that have made up our energy conservation initiative so far.

  • Glass Recycling 101

    In Cedar Key all colors of glass can be recycled. Drain excess contents or rinse soiled glass jars or bottles with used dishwater (a water conservation step) to remove gross food residue. Remove and discard lids, caps or metal rings. There is no need to remove labels. Glass does not have to be separated from metals, plastic or paper recyclables when placed in the trailer. Light bulbs, glass cookware and window panes cannot be recycled as they contain ceramics.

    What happens to collected glass when it leaves Cedar Key in the trailer?

  • It was a calm, typically gorgeous Cedar Key day and my buddy Fred and I were fishing off Atsena Otie. We’d boated a few non-descript fish when my line telegraphed a somewhat different pull - nothing aggressive or nibbling, just a steady pulling which resulted in a small two-foot-long ray coming aboard.

    Originating from the North, where skates and stingrays also abound, I immediately ID’d this catch as a harmless “skate” and therefore clamped this nuisance between the inside of my upper thighs to keep it immobile while I unhooked it.

  • Although you might think “reading, ’riting and ’rithemtic” when you consider the 3 Rs in an educational context, instead think of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Our teachers have incorporated the 3 Rs in their curriculums. Our custodians have embraced recycling whenever possible. And our administration has endorsed it all.

  • Premise – If you, I, lots of people use recycled paper it will save trees that would have been cut and processed for “virgin” paper.

    So, lets say that we successfully “save” one-fourth of the trees that would have been cut… what happens? Let’s see. First timber growers find way more supply than demand.

    Second, lowered demand reduces prices/profit. Third, excess inventory i.e. land is converted to higher profit pursuits like housing, mining etcetera. Finally, trees all cut to make room for progress! NO… replanting.

  • Two Grateful Fishermen

    Dear Editor,