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> 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> Encounter in the park http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/encounter-park <p> &nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">By Tom Deverin</strong></p> <p> <strong>Special to the Beacon</strong></p> <p> While walking past the park in Cedar Key, a woman, a visitor to our islands, was observed taking discarded plastic and aluminum beverage containers from a city trash container and putting them into the green wire recycle bin.</p> <p> &nbsp;Being sort of curious, I walked over and started a conversation.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Pretty day.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;It sure is that.&rdquo;</p> The public understands opinion driven by self-interest http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/public-understands-opinion-driven-self-interest <p> True journalists &mdash; those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives &mdash; hold one thing dear to their hearts&ndash;the sanctity of news.<br /> That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.<br /> The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place &ndash; the editorial page, under a header that reads, &ldquo;Opinion.&rdquo;<br /> Florida's new marijuana laws http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/floridas-new-marijuana-laws <p> M. C. of Alachua asks, &ldquo;What&rsquo;s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn&rsquo;t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Dear M. C.:<br /> Thank you for your support http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/thank-you-your-support <p> Dear friends and neighbors,</p> <p> I want to extend a sincere thank you from myself and my family to all of you for your prayers, flowers, cards and expressions of concern during my recent hospital stay. By the grace of God, I am at home and becoming stronger each day. Your good wishes remind me daily of the power of prayer and the value of loving and supportive family and friends.</p>