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Today's News

  • Conspiracy theories which never hatched

    A skeptic is someone inclined to doubt accepted conclusions. Concerning the endless saga of the President Kennedy assassination we’ve always been skeptical, but for not for the usual reasons.

    Recently Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins released the contents of a safe left behind by Henry Wade, the DA who prosecuted Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed President Kennedy back in 1963.

  • Social club sailing to the Caribbean

    We all encounter stress, even those of us no longer working for a living or reasonably happy in our personal life. It can be induced in many ways. Most of the time just watching or reading the news can provoke it, especially if it makes you angry or depressed.

    Try to take a “news fast” every once in a while. We all have to do what’s best to reduce our stress level.

    We can’t change the world. Deciding to change something in us is difficult enough. What we can do is to work on our attitude.

  • Intriguing mix of shadowy villains and history

    Steve Berry brings us a chilling treasure hunt based on a true historical treasure stolen by the Nazis at the close of WW II in 1945. The Amber Room was a collection of priceless panels made of Baltic amber and once belonging to the Catherine Palace in Russia.

    The book hovers between fiction and non-fiction with the author in notes at the end pointing out which chapters have absolutely accurate information. The ending, he admits, is his own invention.

  • Columnist at large in the Big Apple

    Greetings from New York, the Big Apple, Gotham City, the place where, according to our administration’s finagling of the EPA, the air is and has been fit to breathe since 9/11/01. Oh yeah? And there’s a bridge for sale here too!

    It was the week before Christmas and tourists in jovial moods were buying goods which used to be beyond their pocketbooks until the Euro and other currencies eclipsed the dollar. At Rockefeller Center a group of Europeans were discussing the air quality as they had been told it was still suspect.

  • 95th Street Road set to open soon

    The road is paved, the lights are in place – and soon motorists will have a new east-west route that intersects State Road 200. Southwest 95th Street Road is expected to open sometime in March.

    Hall Robertson who works with Thad Boyd, the managing partner for the project, said power to the traffic lights was expected to be turned on by the end of last week. And the traffic signals at S.W. 60th Avenue and 95th Street Road, near Freedom Public Library, should be blinking yellow any day now, as well as the lights at S.W. 95th Street Road and S.R 200.

  • Florida artifacts on display at Freedom Library

    Treasure hunting is a fascinating occupation and finding artifacts from Florida’s historical past adds an element of wonder. The Mid-Florida Historical Research and Recovery Association has found many common items such as coins, buttons and jewelry, and have also unearthed military pieces from several wars as well as weights, eating utensils and chopping implements.

    The group travels to various locations, visiting turpentine ghost towns, battle sites and even the beach. Metal detectors come in handy when searching for relics of the state’s past.

  • Ellison breaks ground for its new home

    The group at Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty had something to celebrate this past week. They officially broke ground at their new location near the soon-to-open S.W. 90th Street and Lowe’s store and – next to the under-construction Alarion Bank.

    In the meantime, real estate agents are operating out of a temporary home near the Wal-Mart Super Center on S.R. 200. The old office was in the path of the new road that they will have a window on.

  • Science is a discipline, not a belief or a theory

    Recent headline No. 1: “Teachers may feel pressured to omit evolution.” Recent headline No. 2: Lawmaker (says) “Call evolution a theory.” Both headlines introduce stories about things gone goofy in public education.

    The first headline’s story was primarily anecdotes about teachers caught between a state requirement to teach evolution and their fears of backlash from young-earth creationist parents and students.

  • "Free at last" - and the pain is gone

    I’m writing this article on Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. birthday. As you remember, he spoke to our spirit when he proclaimed, “We shall overcome,” and, “free at last.” He was addressing the pain of racial discrimination. Here, we are talking about protracted physiological pain.

  • Health care is a critical voter issue

    Take one writer with bronchial pneumonia add one husband with double pneumonia and you have a recipe for a tremendous lightening of the wallet and much sickness. Ten pills alone cost $120. How on earth does someone with limited income cope and get well with this type of gouging?