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    Hotel-rooms-for-lots proposal is bad all around

    From all perspectives, the state's proposed three-for-one rule is a bad plan for the citizens and businesses of Monroe County. This plan would allow developers to purchase three environmentally sensitive parcels and exchange their ownership for rights to build additional motel rooms.

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    ISIS can only burn itself out

    ISIS cannot be defeated, or destroyed, and we had better recognize that as fact;  and, also as fact,  we are at the beginning of World War IV, and we are in denial on both counts.  Thus far we have avoided World War III,  think here of Superpowers clashing. We are at the beginning...

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    Reflect on peace during Tibetan monks’ visit

    Reflect on peace during Tibetan monks’ visit Many years ago, (Probably far too many that I wish to remember right now.) as a college student, I approached my local Roman Catholic parish priest to inquire about meditation.  Father Eugene was a wonderful priest and had become a tremendous...

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    Here's why it takes awhile to clear a Florida Keys crash scene

    A couple of years ago, a crash occurred on the Long Key Bridge involving three tractor trailers, one of which caught fire. It took approximately eight hours to clear the bridge and get traffic flowing smoothly. However, damage to the bridge resulted in the speed limit being reduced until repairs...

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    Continue living the ‘Season of Hope’

    As many of you are aware, the Monday prior to Christmas, St. James the Fisherman Church hosted the annual memorial service for homeless individuals who had died in the Keys.  While it was clearly a time of mourning for our brothers and sisters who had died in such a state, somehow hope seemed...

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    State Transportation Department needs to be reeled in by the policy makers

    As an elected official for nearly eight years, I have come to the sad realization that there is only one state governmental agency that does not work for the greater good of our constituents.

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    ‘Bear worthy fruit’ this holiday season

    In many Christian churches last Sunday, people heard the words of the Prophet John the Baptist concerning the necessity to “Bear worthy fruit!”  The prophet went further to challenge those who desired to follow the will of God and exhorted them saying: “Whoever has two...

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    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.