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    Bible lessons don't cover mosquito massacre morals

    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Is it possible the word “meek” was misspelled and was meant to be “mosquito?” Or maybe meek was short for mosquito in the biblical times? Something has to explain why mosquitoes are inundating us, i.e. ...


    Always pay attention, never leave kids unattended

    I often get information across my desk based on the latest data and trends concerning pregnant women and children. Rarely do I get a story that drives home what a public campaign often cannot.


    Feed the right wolf within you

    As I sit to write this reflection, I am keenly aware that today we celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of that devastating day of September 11, 2001.  I have no doubt that most of us can remember where we were, who we were with and what we felt when we heard, and perhaps even witnessed ...


    ‘Cold shower’ now may mean higher wages later

    The Florida State Board of Education and the Florida Legislature will soon receive a recommendation from Commissioner Pam Stewart setting the passing scores for the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) tests taken by all Florida students last spring.  Her recommendation will be the culmination...


    Not all areas treated equally when it comes to sewer funding

    I am the former general Manager of the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District. I started at the district in 2005 as a project engineer and I ran the place from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, I worked for an engineering firm designing and building water and sewer facilities.


    Alternative energy choices must be embraced

    On Aug. 6, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions hosted an energy town-hall meeting and panel discussion featuring U.S. Rep. Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who represents the Keys and part of Miami-Dade County.


    Some derelict vessels actually are good for marine environment

    Millions of marine animals died in Florida Bay on June 25 when a partially submerged houseboat wreck was removed from the waters behind Little Basin, Islamorada. Over the course of 20 years, nature had claimed the vessel and used it as a breeding ground and safe habitat. The vessel had become a ...


    Equality will boost Florida business

    With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage for gay couples, Florida leaders have an important decision to make when it comes to our national and international reputation. Will we be a state that embraces equality and fairness or will we be seen as a state that resists progress and shuns diversity...


    Upstate New York has nothing on the beautiful Keys

    By now, most people know that the tourism agency in Ithaca, N.Y., has surrendered to the brutal northern winter and on Monday told people the heck with it, go to the Florida Keys.