Opinion Columns

Opinion Columns

Homelessness isn’t a lifestyle choice

Is it true that your typical homeless person is just a drunk, living off handouts and drinking to oblivion each night? When I started working with homeless people 20 years ago, we often explained that the average homeless person wasn’t that at all. It was a fourth-grader.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Crews work through night to douse Big Pine Key brush fire

Fire crews work to extinguish a brush fire on Big Pine Key, Florida on Monday, April 23, 2018, the local sheriff’s office said. No evacuations had been ordered.
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