Opinion Columns

Opinion Columns

Storm-related losses can be tax-deductible

With one of the largest storms in U.S. history having hit Florida, you probably aren’t thinking about your taxes. However, give this five minutes now and it could save you thousands later because hurricane-related losses can be deductible on your tax return — if you follow the rules and provide the appropriate documentation.

Opinion Columns

We need to better maintain our national parks

Aug. 25 marked the second century start of the National Park Service, a remarkable milestone for our nation. The Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are awe-inspiring destinations that are symbols of who we are and where we have been. Wild landscapes, natural preserves, military sites, monuments and memorials from Pensacola to Key West epitomize the people and places in Florida.

Living

In search of a Cuban chug

Our history columnist and curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center is looking for refugees’ chugs, rafts and other makeshift vessels in the wake of Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot’s demise.

Opinion Columns

All are welcome this week

There is a growing number of individuals classified as the “nons.” They have no religion, or better yet, they have not been offered the opportunity to understand some of the “traditions” that have become so sacred to us.

Opinion Columns

State must keep Visit Florida, essential for business

Editor’s note: Wednesday, the state House Careers and Competition Subcommittee voted 10-5 in favor of bill PCB CCS-17-01, which would eliminate the public-private Visit Florida tourism partnership (along with the public-private Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization). Gov. Rick Scott wants to keep both.

Opinion Columns

The peak of the hurricane season - why now?

From mid-August through mid-October, the activity spikes, accounting for 78 percent of the tropical storm days, 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), and a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days.

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