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The Vision for the Future

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The debate regarding charter schools as a choice that parents have for their children’s education is one which has continued to the point of contention within educational circles for many years now. The contentious nature of the debate and the lack of vision for the next 20 years in education could be a detriment to our abilities to compete in […]

Respecting Those Who Protect Us All

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When I was growing up in Penacook, New Hampshire, we’d walk every day to school. We didn’t have a bus to pick us up for the three quarters of a mile walk or our mothers to take us each day in the back of a big SUV or fancy automobile. Most families didn’t have the luxury of having two cars, […]

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Reflecting on the Last Seven Months

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It’s kind of amazing that it was just seven months ago that we were all thanking God for minimizing the damage that Hurricane Irma might have done when she made landfall here on Marco. That’s not to say that damage wasn’t done, for she left her share of wreckage and heartache behind her, but she spared us the terrible ravages […]

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The Time to Act is Now


The events of the last couple of decades regarding the senseless violence that has become part of our history here in America is hard for anyone to wrap their minds around. You can’t help but cry when you think about the losses suffered by families across this great nation. Whether it was in our schools, at a concert or even […]

City Staff Doesn’t Deserve This

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Did you ever give any thought to all the people you meet along the way each day? You might just be in line at the grocery store, waiting for your table at a restaurant, going to a local sporting event, sitting on an airplane or just enjoying one of our spectacular Marco Island sunsets at the beach. The number really […]

Not All News is Bad

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It’s a shame that today our news seems to be dominated with the negatives, which swirl around us. Even though I’d like to simply ignore it at times, it requires me to speak to it on a regular basis, whether through the articles I write to inform our readers or in the column like this one which allows me at […]

Service with Integrity and Honor

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We live in times today that challenge the very foundations of humanity and the basis of what we as a people believe sets us apart from others. Our consistency in our approach to ethics and integrity has always been something that we believe places us on the high moral ground in dealing with others. Doing what is right, regardless of […]

Trump Speaks to His Vision

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This last week I anguished some over what my column should be about this week. There are so many topics and items that bubble to the surface each day as I meet many of you out in the stores or on the streets of this great place we now all call home. We are constantly bombarded with a 24-hour news […]

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Start of Season


It’s that time of year again when we get ready to welcome our neighbors back from their travels far and wide. We will wait to hear about their adventures over the summer months and see the latest pictures of grandchildren who are quickly growing up and becoming young men and women on their own. Yes, the traffic will increase a […]

Moving Into 2018

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As the sun set last evening and disappeared behind the landscape of Collier Bay it was hard for me to believe that we’ve put another year into the history books. That same sun would rise again this morning, welcoming us into an entirely New Year, while beginning the countdown to the end of 2018 and the beginning of but another […]


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