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Shoot the bull, chew the fat

By Wade Keller Speaking to the Marco Island council last Monday (June 16) was somewhat goofy. After being on Marco Island almost 20 years I’ve had interesting hobbies from “acting” at Marco Players, Toastmasters, Rotary, Friends of Library on to promoting two clubs, CHESS and Points…CounterPoints. In addition on work side have published personal memoirs along with wife Sue. We’ve done about 40 books. Of those here are a few who lived on Marco at some point: “Tell Me a Story, Grandpa” by Bill Rose, “An Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times” by Tom Owens, “In the Shadow of Satan” and ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY/OPINION: Thoughts on Comprehensive Immigration Reform


by Sheila McKlveen It’s been reported Silicon Valley interests are joining with strawberry growers and other agriculture corporations to lobby for “comprehensive immigration reform” because the country needs foreign workers to harvest crops and design software (San Francisco Chronicle 8/2/13). Most of the Catholic bishops tell their congregants they must welcome the stranger, contact their representatives to pass the Senate’s reform bill; it’s the way Jesus would vote, presumably (Catholic News Agency 5/23/13). So why am I against “bringing people out of the shadows,” giving folks who’ve worked here for years, many of them, the opportunities I enjoy? One of ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Stop Expansion of Oil Drilling in South Florida


By Karen Dwyer Residents of Golden Gate Estates are deeply concerned about the effects of oil drilling on their neighborhood as well as on protected wildlife habitats and wetlands. The proposed drill site is only 1,000 feet from family homes and is adjacent to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and the Western Everglades. Background In May of 2013, Dan A. Hughes applied for permits to drill an exploratory oil well in Golden Gate Estates. Residents first learned about the proposed drill site when they received a letter from Total Safety asking them for contact information so they could be ... Read More »

Oil Drilling or Life: The Importance of Preserving Golden Gate Estates


By Roseann Lahey The Dan A. Hughes Company is waiting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s decision as to whether or not they can have a permit to drill for oil and gas in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Florida. The demand for these resources is always high, and our reliance on foreign countries is increasing. This does not mean that oil drilling corporations should be allowed to search for crude close to homes, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Something is drastically wrong with this possibility. When did people, their homes, the native wildlife and the sensitive ... Read More »

Guest Commentary: Will we ever have such Patriotism again?


By Ben A. Wolfe Recently while reading several articles in some old (very, very old) small town newspapers, my mind was bent on going back to earlier times. As I looked at pictures of servicemen and their families gathered for their final farewells before departing for some foreign soil, many of them never to return, my heart was touched again as it had been decades earlier. But wait, I am getting ahead of the story. The years were 1942-43. World War II was in full swing on all fronts. America had been brutally attacked like never before and thousands of ... Read More »

To the Graduating Class of 2013


By Roy Eaton During the next month, over four million students will be graduating from various schools, colleges, and universities across our land. As you listen to your commencement speakers’ addresses, I’m sure some of you will be focused more on receiving your diploma and the summer freedom that awaits, than on the advice that will be given. I’m sure many of you are curious about what you will hear. Will the speaker hold your attention and will the message make a difference in how you govern your future? I thought of the numerous graduation ceremonies I was forced to ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: So why is the USPS going broke?


By Ben A. Wolfe One very hot day I was sitting on my front step here on Marco Island. It was almost 12PM when the mail carrier stopped in front of my mailbox, shutting off the engine of his little vehicle because he had a box to deliver that was too large to put in our mailbox. After putting the box on the front porch, we chatted for a few minutes about the sad state of the current business climate in our country, both public and private. The mail carrier returned to his vehicle. (Let’s call him Jim.) Jim, upon ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part VI


Final Summary By Roy Eaton America is the greatest nation, but we have temporarily lost our way, for we have strayed from the inherent qualities that have made us the envy of most other countries. We lack empathy for our fellow man, civility in our actions, restraint from entering conflict, and the will and resourcefulness to solve complex problems through negotiation. In addition, our complacency, lack of self-discipline, inability to compromise, and propensity for greed have decimated our economy and tainted our image as the indisputable guiding light of democracy and capitalism. We must correct our present course by reorganizing ... Read More »

Nero Continues to Fiddle while Rome Burns: Part V


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton There is no doubt that our immigration policy has been a complete disaster. It is estimated that over the last several decades, between 7 and 20 million immigrants have entered our country illegally, although 10 million is the most widely accepted estimate. Ironically, several of the most vocal among us, who express utter contempt for their presence and wish to immediately expel undocumented individuals from our shores, are often the same ones who looked away when immigrants crossed our borders, because they were in need of their services. Neither political party can escape blame ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part IV


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton In 1975, healthcare expenditures accounted for 8.4% of America’s GNP. Thirty-five years later, in 2010, at an average cost of $8,233 per person, healthcare costs were 17.9% of our GNP, nearly 2.5 times that of the remaining developed nations of the world. If action is not taken to drastically reduce this trend, by the year 2020, this percentage could very well approach 25% of the value of all goods and services produced in our country. Spiraling healthcare costs are the concern of every American. They are detrimental to the individual who now has less ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part III


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton I can not, in good conscience, suggest modifications to Social Security without first addressing the reform recommendations announced by one of the most prestigious group of influential business men in America, The Business Roundtable. The roundtable, which consists of CEOs of the largest corporations in the United States, and represents roughly 33% of the total value of all U.S. stocks, recommended last week that the current age for Social Security and Medicare be extended to 70 for Americans currently under age 55. It is ironic and disgraceful that several of the CEOs of companies ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part II


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton It is correct to criticize Congress for past failures, because their lack of insight, complacency, inattentiveness, and inability to compromise has led to our current fiscal dilemma. Congress’s incompetence and laissez faire attitude has compromised the integrity of a balanced system of government that has nearly ceased to function. Two unfunded wars and an unfunded tax cut further exacerbated the need to raise taxes and substantially reduce spending to eliminate deficits and reduce long term indebtedness that can no longer be solely addressed by economic growth. The need for sizeable increases in revenues could ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part I


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton Roman Emperor Nero, during his reign, occupied himself with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during pending crises, much like our 112th Congress, which spent much of its time preoccupied with bickering and posturing with their counterparts and contemplating what a woman should be allowed to do with her body while avoiding passage of legislation that would guarantee a woman’s constitutional right to equal pay for equal work. Congress grudgingly avoided the “fiscal cliff,” but failed to address the major issues that confront our great, but struggling nation. Only when forced to vote last-minute legislation ... Read More »

America at a crossroads

Cooperation and compromise or confrontation and gridlock; the route to Renaissance or Armageddon Guest Commentary By Roy Eaton We are at a crossroads in America. We are a polarized nation at a time when most civilizations with similar longevity began to falter. Former empires began to stumble when their leadership became indifferent to the needs of their populace, engaged in self-indulgence, lacked moral conviction, and waged war to expand markets and obtain natural resources. Most societies failed when the general public became overly materialistic, complacent, and inattentive to the needs of others and to the actions of their faltering government ... Read More »


In the recent week, the Marco Island Police Department has observed an increasing trend in the thefts of bicycles. Although the trend seems to be geographically isolated to the immediate vicinity of Seaview Ct., the Department would like to caution everyone to take steps to prevent future bicycle thefts. Please consider the following crime prevention methods: Properly document your bicycle, including a picture. If there are any unique features or marks, photograph those distinctive characteristics as well. Record the make, model and serial numbers of the bicycle, as well as any additional pieces of equipment such as lights, specialized seats, ... Read More »