Today's News

  • The Scoop on Easter

    By Bill Koch

    How do you write a column as a newspaper editor about a sacred holiday that is uniquely Christian?

    With profundity and boldness, some of you may declare.

    But the real world of secular journalism sternly averts our gaze to other priorities, to matters of civility and respect for other views. We must consider and honor other perspectives, conventional wisdom asserts. We must not offend.

  • The Tax Man Cometh

    Monday, April 15, is the day of national reckoning when your income tax is due. Not only does our income get taxed, but also our minds in trying to fill out all those IRS forms. It seems appropriate that the month begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of “May Day!” Tread lightly; the Alley is full of tax.

    Just about every human activity is tax licensed, regulated, or restricted. But the IRS has not yet decided to put a tax on Pun Alley. Doing that would certainly be a joke.

  • I’m Really Enjoying My Naivety

    Someone recently said to me, “You sure are naïve.” I’m not sure what the incident was about at the time, and I was a little bit hurt by that saying.

    What did he mean that I am naïve? I have been giving this some thought and at this point, I remember quite a few people labeling me as naïve. Therefore, if people are right, it must be true.

    Yet, is it really that bad?

  • Mischievous politicians and bureaucratic linguistics

    Florida lawmakers are onto something.

    It’s called the “taxation transparency” bill. And it’s something English teachers, wordsmiths and political junkies may love.

    House Bill 7053 would, essentially, call a tax a tax, no more playing with words.

    Here’s how it works: Lawmakers want to boost revenue by raising taxes. But “taxes” is a bad word among the electorate who would prefer to keep as much of its money as possible.

  • Do Some Medical Shopping

    Ask your hospital to provide you with a detailed price list of services so that you can do some shopping before you decide to get treatment. After all, you may want to know how much those midnight aspirin pills are going to cost.

    Your question may elicit some strange looks from hospital officials who may signal for security to have you removed from the premises.

    A bill moving through the state House may allow Florida health insurance policy holders to do some comparison shopping for medical treatments and procedures.

  • Hit the Road, Jack

    By Bill Koch

    You can thank your legs for today.

    With each step you take, you’re falling, over and over and over again. And with each step, your other leg catches you, lifts you up an inch or so, and repeats the action.

    Simply put, walking is repetitive falling. As bipedal creatures, we’ve grown accustomed to the unconscious demands of gravity in its brutal attempts to pull us ever down.

    Even our very own government sanctions this outrage.

  • It Ain’t About You

    By Bill Koch

    Did you never notice how the favorite subject of many columnists is themselves?

    After all, what better subject for the forlorn writer than to delve into the archives of personal experience and observation and opine on the meaning – or meaningless – of life?

     What makes better fodder to fill the white spaces of news print and web sites than the lonely meanderings of introspective scribes?

  • Florida Celebrates Senior Day Today

    By Bill Koch

    More than 1,500 seniors and elder advocates are gathering in Tallahassee and thousands more in communities throughout Florida today for the 2019 Florida Senior Day.

    The annual celebration marks the contributions Florida’s seniors have made on the state and the nation and brings awareness to the concerns of elders.

    Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida are hosting the event in the state’s Capitol.

  • Sunshine Week fading light

    First Amendment Foundation


    WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket.

    He wears a tie; Maurina insists upon professionalism.

    He is the press — in its entirety.

  • OTOW Concert Chorus in performance

    The On Top of the World Concert Chorus will be performing its spring concert on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, 

    March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center Ballroom. .  This chorus, of more than 35 resident members, has worked hard to provide an entertaining selection of Disney classics for their show entitled “Magical Musical Melodies.”