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Why moving public notices to government websites Is a bad idea

Last year, the Legislature passed a public notice bill (HB 7049) that went into effect Jan. 1. The new law gives counties the option to place public notices solely on their own government website and dispense with any such notice in the traditional format — newspapers and newspaper websites.

Let’s rethink Black History Month

It’s time for the United States to rethink Black History Month. And not just Black History Month. We need to reconsider every “set-aside” day, week and month. Why? Notice, we didn’t say “abolish” Black History Month. Instead, we should ask whether such set-asides accomplish what they could, or should? We’re not so sure.

MLK’s dream is not over

Over the long holiday weekend, communities around Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties and the nation came together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It is a legacy that everyone would do well to not only remember, but to take to heart.

Milton should unite to provide best Caroline Street design possible

The debate whether to widen Caroline Street through Milton is over, or it should be. It should have ended in 2019, when the Florida Department of Transportation announced its preferred route to improve U.S. Highway 90 traffic flow through the city after a five-year project development and environment (PD&E) study.

Out and About

Sandi Kemp
January 11, 2023
Congratulations to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate 50 years of service to the business community. We are so proud of all they have accomplished in their history and look forward to the next 50 years.

Brian Out Loud

Brian Lester
February 7, 2023
Haason Reddick leads the NFL in sacks. He’s having a postseason to remember. And on Sunday he’ll play in the Super Bowl with the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

For God’s Sake: To live is Christ, and to die is gain

Guest Columnist
February 7, 2023
Occasionally in life, we have watershed moments, some life-defining occurrence that suddenly sends our life or our perspective on life in a different direction. I have had several watershed moments in my life, and the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 1:21 reminded me of one of them.

Dusting Off
It’s not the years, it’s the mileage

Dusty Ricketts
February 7, 2023
In a lot of ways, I haven’t minded getting older. Despite a couple of back surgeries (in fact, I am writing this column on the 10th anniversary of my first), I am a rather healthy guy in my mid-40s.


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