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Oct 9, 2019

Tragedy of hot car deaths

We’ve addressed this horrific subject before. This time it’s hit pretty close to home. As Alabama media reported recently, an 11-month-boy died after he and his twin sister — who survived — were le…

Jun 20, 2019

GUEST EDITORIAL: Gov. DeSantis and Sunshine

The jury’s still out on whether Gov. Ron DeSantis will do a better job of protecting open government and public records than his predecessor. Former Gov. Rick Scott, it should be remembered, was fa…

Jun 17, 2019

GUEST EDITORIAL: What's the next step on climate change?

When it comes to climate change, there’s been a sea change in Florida politics. The new attitude starts at the top, where Gov. Ron DeSantis last month appointed the state’s first Chief Science Offi…

Jun 14, 2019

TaxWatch gobbles up budget ‘turkeys’

Each year following the spring legislative session, Florida TaxWatch releases its list of what it calls “budget turkeys.” The group this year hung the moniker on 109 appropriations worth $133 milli…

May 29, 2019

EDITORIAL: Taking action on distraction

It was a long haul but Florida has finally joined the ranks of states that make texting while driving a primary offense. Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Sarasota last week to sign the bill that enables la…

Aug 1, 2018

Facial recognition technology and the expectation of privacy

Facebook recently rolled out facial recognition tools in Europe promoted as a way to help users safeguard their online identities. It’s a risky move. Amazon shareholders recently expressed reservat…

Jul 11, 2018

Fathers, father figures earn praise

I’ve been lucky in that my father has always been an active part of my life. Even though he’s lived across the country and two time zones away since I was 18-years-old, I’ve never felt that distance …

Jul 11, 2018

6 tips when buying a home warranty

Reader Question: We are buying a home, and the agent suggested a home warranty to replace or repair things that wear out. The warranty covers such items for a year, after which time we can renew the …

Mar 25, 2016

HOLT: A New Season

We all have seasons in life. Sometimes those seasons are short and others, they seem to last forever. I’ve reached an end to a delightful term of 2 ½ years. This is my last edition as editor of San…

Jan 12, 2016

Executive orders are Obama’s weapon in national gun battle

President Barack Obama is a gun dealer’s best friend. You wouldn’t know by all the theatrics following his pronouncement this week regarding his gun-related executive orders. According to Bloomberg…


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