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    Sheriff should reconsider decision to close Card Sound water access

    Citing rowdiness, trash and graffiti, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office this month permanently blocked access to a boat launch on the Monroe County side of Card Sound Road in North Key Largo, as well as three other spots with water access from Card Sound. We understand the thinking behind the...


    Excessive testing hurts education

    I am the mother of a fifth-grader at Plantation Key School and a second grader at Ocean Studies Charter School. I think everyone is aware of FCAT testing, but I am learning that our children are taking an excessive number of standardized tests outside of the FCAT.  I am concerned regarding...


    Bird rescue is a Keyswide effort

    At Florida Keys Wildlife, we’ve met quite a few of our wild neighbors. It’s a long journey from rescue to release for many of our seabirds, brown pelicans, herons, song birds, and different type of wildlife, that make it to our center each year. 


    Public sector salaries excessive

    I attended Mosquito Control District meeting last month, on the agenda was the item “Update on Position and Pay scale Changes for Employee Manual (Holden).” 


    The ACA is no disaster

    I have to laugh every time I hear another Anti-Obama naysayer declare that Obamacare (ACA) has failed and is hated by everyone. The fact that the goal of signing up 7.1 million people has been hit speaks volumes about the success, despite the opposition from the misinformed, big insurance and people...


    Letter criticizing the Affordable Care Act was short on facts

    After reading Mr. Pettorini's opinion concerning the Affordable Care Act, I must comment.


    Open up the lines of communication

    The morale of our city staff is extremely important. We have a dedicated and loyal workforce that needs to be heard, as they are intimately involved with their job responsibilities and many times see a better way to deal with a particular component of their duties or a solution to a problem.


    The Keys will be missed but the Good Health Clinic will go on

    My wife Nancy and I wish to thank our Upper Keys community for bringing us into and accepting us into our community. We have, in our way, tried to pay back to our community in our work and private lives, me with the Good Health Clinic and other not-for-profit boards on which I have sat, and Nancy...


    Vote for all of your favorite things in Islamorada

    It's time once again to step up and vote for your favorite people, places and things in the Upper Keys, from Key Largo to Lower Matecumbe Key, in the fourth annual Cream of the Conch Republic.


    Time to dim the lights at Key Largo Denny's

    I would like to comment on the huge distracting spotlight on the Denny's property. It shines into the southbound lane of U.S. 1 only and could be a lighthouse beacon. I am sure it is effective as a landmark; I just don't think it warrants the distinction. It is just wrong on so many levels.

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