http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Our View: Jim Crow of another form http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/our-view-jim-crow-another-form <p> It was just a short time ago that an appeals court in Florida ruled that the Sunshine clause in the state Constitution did not require councils and commissions of counties and municipalities to take public comment during meetings that were required to be open to the public.</p> <p> The Legislature stepped in and in 2013 told local governing bodies they had to take public comment and to formulate a policy to address the issue.</p> Climate change should not be a political issue http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/climate-change-should-not-be-political-issue <p> Thank you for your donations http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/thank-you-your-donations <p> The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations to bring fireworks to Cedar Key.</p> <p> Lou Elliott Jones</p> <p> Joan Horne</p> <p> Bob Hudson</p> <p> Drummond Community</p> <p> Dave Thomas</p> <p> Natures Landing Mgmt.</p> <p> Natures Landing Condos</p> <p> Island Place Condos</p> <p> Faraway Inn</p> <p> Seaspray Townhouses</p> <p> Marianne McEuen</p> <p> Cedar Key Canvas</p> <p> Whitman Point Townhouse Association</p> <p> Nature Coast Realty</p> Letter to the Editor http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/letter-editor-3 <p> We would like to send out a &quot;BIG THANK YOU&quot; to everyone who came out and supported the cheerleaders. The fish fry was a huge success. It wouldn&#39;t &nbsp;be possible without all the support from this community.</p> <p> We raised enough for their cheer camp and almost enough for their uniforms.(We are still working on that.)</p> <p> We served approximately 400 fish dinners; these girls worked really hard.</p> <p> Thank you.</p> <p> Capt. Carl &amp; Eve Robinson</p> From early man until now http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/early-man-until-now-0 <p> Many of us think of recycling as a recent trend but humans have been recycling for a very long time, all the way back to prehistory. Early man would rework broken arrowheads so that they could be reused and not thrown away.&nbsp; In 1690 the first recycled paper manufacturer in the U S was established near Philadelphia using cotton and linen rags to make paper.</p> From early man until now http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/early-man-until-now <p> Many of us think of recycling as a recent trend but humans have been recycling for a very long time, all the way back to prehistory. Early man would rework broken arrowheads so that they could be reused and not thrown away.&nbsp; In 1690 the first recycled paper manufacturer in the U S was established near Philadelphia using cotton and linen rags to make paper.</p> My first trip to Cedar Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/my-first-trip-cedar-key <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bill_roberts_44_years_old.jpg" alt="This photo is of Bill Roberts in the lobby of the Island Hotel, but more recent than 59 years, this photo was only 39 years ago! " title="This photo is of Bill Roberts in the lobby of the Island Hotel, but more recent than 59 years, this photo was only 39 years ago! " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> My daughter, Donna Leeward and I were showing in the Spring Art Show in Cedar Key this past March. When I looked at the old Island Hotel I was getting a strong feeling of d&eacute;j&agrave; vu.</p> <p> In my mind I was going back 59 years to my first trip to Cedar Key. It was funny because at that time I didn&#39;t even know where Cedar Key was.</p> <p> One day out of a clear blue sky my dad asked me, &quot;How long has it been since you had turtle steak?&quot;</p> <p> Well, I guess it was at the Green Turtle Inn, halfway down the over-seas highway to Key West.</p> Conservation Corner: Good News http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/conservation-corner-good-news <p> If you watch the news on a regular basis, you know that good news is hard to come by. The nightly news content is usually about war and hatred, crime, natural disasters and various other sad stories with a feel good story thrown in at the end of the broadcast. But there is good news, especially concerning the environment. You just do not hear about it very much. So the following is just a few of the positive stories about the environment.</p>