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Jun 26, 2019

Speak Out: Press Gazette readers' calls

Here are featured comments from our Speak Out hotline.  I am responding to Carol and Louis Landthrip in Pace about the half cent sales tax, and I agree. There's no reason to build another subdivision until you put some impact fees in place and have the builders build a new school before we build another […]

Jun 17, 2019

Speak Out: Press Gazette readers' calls

Here are featured comments from our Speak Out hotline.  Half cent sales tax conditions The Landthrips sent this letter to Santa Rosa commissioners a few days ago. Hello County Commissioners. Please be advised that we will not vote for the half cent addition to the local option sales tax unless impact fees for infrastructure, which […]

Jun 7, 2019

Early job taught small town courtesies

After high school, I worked for a time at Milton’s only banking institution, the old First National Bank, now defunct. It had a branch at Whiting Field, a somewhat sporadic operation in those days. I…

May 28, 2019

Impact fees needed to support our schools

I am writing this as a fellow Santa Rosa County resident supporting impact fees for our schools. Phil Hoffman and I are two of the founding members of SRC Voters Against Overcrowded Roads & Schools…

May 22, 2019

MANGINO: NRA’s 2nd Amendment interpretation its greatest fraud

In 1991, retired Chief Justice Warren Burger, being interviewed on "PBS News Hour," described the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) lobbying in support of an expansive interpretation of the Second A…

May 22, 2019

THOMPSON: Democrats have overblown reaction to Mueller redactions

The competition for Washington’s most irresponsible politician is fierce. But two top Democrats — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler — must be considered…

May 20, 2019

Replacing the courthouse — start planning, arguing now

I have to thank my sweetheart, Amanda for kicking my butt into better dental health, especially since I’m a Type 1 diabetic. Now, I’m using an electric tooth brush and a water pick. I’ve lost some gu…

May 13, 2019

Grads, don't worry — but plan for success

We may only be 11 days into May, but let me be the first to say congratulations to all you 2019 graduates. It feels appropriate that “Avengers: Endgame” came out so close to this season. Because grad…

May 6, 2019

Make history at the old courthouse

If there’s one thing Milton takes pride in — other than small-town charm and the Blackwater River — it’s history. And between a new courthouse going up on Avalon Boulevard and the Florida Department …

Apr 28, 2019

Reminisces: Grandma Gibson’s old house has fallen down

Grandma Gibson, my maternal great-grandmother, lived on the Santa Rosa-Okaloosa county line, literally. One half of her house was in one county; the other half in the other county. The community was …

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