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Opinion

  • When I planted the fall crops here I decided to dedicate one 100 foot row to growing and staking tomatoes for fall harvest in Cedar Key. I have had tremendous success with spring tomatoes but knew that a fall crop was quite risky. I have never really staked tomatoes in a production row and felt that this entire exercise would be helpful as a research project for me.

  •  Background: On January 23rd there was an open meeting held at the library to discuss energy conservation and solar energy applications. Because of the high level of interest shown by the Cedar Key citizens at that meeting, Mayor Heath Davis asked Luz Kraujaliz, Connie Nelson and Tom Deverin to form an Energy Advisory Panel. Over the past month or so, Cedar Key residents and community leaders have stared a dialog about what we can do in Cedar Key to enhance efforts to preserve our island community and become better stewards of our environment.

  • Most of our garden catalogues do not list plant spacing with the pictured variety but do include a separate chart at the back of the publication. The “plant cultural” chart often is on the seed packet listing water, sun, spacing and other requirements for that variety. These are fairly precise requirements and should be a guideline for planting.

  • I have been going to church all of my life. As kids, my mother hauled my brothers and me to church every single Sunday. I sang in the choir. I was a member of the youth group. I was an acolyte. I was going to church four or five days a week. Since I have grown up and become a church pastor, it has only gotten worse.

  • I believe God gave me most of this song to write.

    Maybe you’ll identify with it…

    Verse 1

    As I walk down the street I see people pass me by.

    Faces like zombies they seem to ask me, “Why?

    O, why is my life, man, not better than it is?

    Pain squeezes my eyes, crawls out from deep inside.”

    Chorus

    “I need some hope more than you know,

    But I just won’t let my feelings show.

    ‘Cause too many times my heart has been stepped on.

  • I hear there is quite a buzz going on in town, not only downtown but on the mainland as well. Some say the buzz is flying around like wild fire, while others say it hides in beautiful places. I say this buzz is all about bees! What a stinging answer to this fictitious paragraph.

  • Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR

  • I recently had the privilege of reading a short letter written by a fellow Christian to a person in jail. The letter was so utterly sincere in its expression of love that it almost brought me to tears. If that was my reaction to a letter not even written to me, I can only imagine what impact it had on the one to whom it was written.

  • Many of us have traveled around the USA. Perhaps, some from Oregon to California, others from Maine to Florida, or even to Ohio or Texas. What we all see before us as we travel is climate change over long distances north to south. Our great country has a number of climates such as temperate, subtropical, tropical and even a temperate rain forest on the West Coast. For one country to have such a variation is truly wonderful

  • According to many experts, the economic meltdown our country is now experiencing is due, in large part, to a virtual collapse in our housing industry. From all accounts, the billions of dollars being expended by the U. S. Government to bail out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and others is the result of the failure of bad loans. The question may reasonably be asked, are unscrupulous lenders to blame, or are irresponsible borrowers at fault? And just what is a ‘predatory loan’?

  • I cannot, after much silence, think of when I lived without bugs and insects in my life. They are all over the planet! There must be one million bugs for every human on earth, perhaps more! They live under ground, in the trees and in the water as well. When there are no vegetables in your garden they attack. Something else, then, when you plant your garden they concentrate, attack and destroy.

  • There are many wonderful opportunities that I have being a church pastor. One of these is that I occasionally get to hear many fine and creative excuses as to why whoever it is that I happen to be speaking to does not attend church. Mostly these are quite unsolicited. Folks find out that I am a pastor and just launch into one completely of their own. I have been a pastor for less than three years and I already have a formidable collection. Look for them under the title Church Absences, a Glossary of Lame Excuses coming to a bookstore near you.

  • The three major elements for plant growth are food, water, and sunlight. Of these water is the most dominant – with the exception perhaps of the fungi of mushrooms, which grow in dark caves and possibly your closet. Notice, of these three major elements, soil is not mentioned!

  • Dear Editor:

    Congratulations to your appointment as Editor of the Cedar Key Beacon. We had been coming to Cedar Key for 50 years and many times spend more time there than we do at our home in St. Pete. We have subscribed to your excellent paper for many years.

  • To choose or not to choose, that is the question! There are a number of factors to consider between seeds and transplants. The main consideration is how well a plant will survive the transplant process. In other words: transplant-ability. Some plants could care less, such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and cauliflower. Other vegetables such as carrot, English and Southern peas, beans, melons and turnips have a hard time surviving transplant.

  • Some decades back, I arrived in the Cedar Keys not really sure where I was going. A new company was in my mind and I needed a place without hustle and bustle to relax, think and plan. Heading north up the west coast of Florida on Route Nineteen, I turned left on any hard surfaced road looking for the Gulf of Mexico. Known even then by the nickname “Trouble”, I crossed Number Four Bridge after an arduous drive from nowhere onto the Cedar Keys, miles out in the Gulf.

  • Thanksgiving is over and now it is off to Christmas. Before you know it, it will be New Year’s Day. Where did all the time go?

    Funny how your mind works, but twenty years ago I never envisioned living in the year 2009. Actually, I never envisioned being over sixty-years-old… but here I am and I’m still not retired.

    Several years ago I looked forward to the day I could retire. Hah, that didn’t happen. I must have been having pipe dreams, thinking I could retire at age sixty-two.

  • It was Thanksgiving Day ’45. The war was toning down. Germany had ceased combat operations in Europe. Japan had surrendered unconditionally in the Pacific. Those Americans who had left as boys not that long back were returning as men. In most eyes, they were all heroes.

    Holidays for some months and years had been meager affairs. The men were off at war. All told, the United States had sent over ten million to war. They were trickling back.