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Michael Bannon Headshot
Mar 23, 2021

For God’s Sake: Most reliable source of wisdom is the Bible

If you want wisdom, you could scale a distant peak to consult with some wizened sage, or you can drive to Indiana and visit my father-in-law.

My wife and I have just returned from celebrating his 104th birthday with him.


Brian Lester Headshot
Mar 22, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Maybe it was the fact that it had been nearly 15 months since that memorable night in Texas ended with the University of West Florida football team winning its first NCAA Division II national title in program history.

Or maybe it was just as simple as the sun was shining and it was a picture-perfect day for college football at Pen Air Field.


Michael Bannon Headshot
Mar 18, 2021

For God’s Sake: As my heart changed, my music did as well

Occasionally, I’ll hear a song from my youth and, in an instant, memories will flood my mind. I suspect that old men have been saying this ever since there has been music.

As a Canadian, my playlist drew from diverse sources.


Mar 18, 2021

Letter: Learn more about your inalienable rights

When was the last time you read the US Constitution or Declaration of Independence? Do you know the liberties delineated in the 1st Amendment?

If not, if you don’t know your liberties or inalienable rights, how do you know when they’ve been eliminated by government?


Mar 18, 2021

Editorial: Give us back our bridge

There is no shortage of adjectives to describe how folks on both sides of the Pensacola Bay Bridge felt earlier this month when they learned that it would not reopen as promised March 22. Angry, betrayed, hopeless and sad are just a few.

Mar 17, 2021

Out and About

The water issue may be temporarily off the table, but Jerry Couey is going to make sure citizens are keeping an eye for what’s best for Santa Rosa County.

He made a presentation at the March 9 Board of County Commissioners meeting to announce a new water protection group.


Mar 17, 2021

Snakes roused into action during warm afternoons

On the still days after late winter cold fronts pass through north Florida, the silence beyond suburbia can be thunderous.

Only the occasional puff of wind in the pines and the crunch of dried leaves underfoot shatters the quiet.


Wendy Victora Rudman Headshot
Mar 17, 2021

Wendy Victora Rudman: Don’t blink or you’ll miss the death of a business

Many of you have been driving up and down U.S. Highway 98 for decades, trying to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you and an eye on the rearview mirror to make sure no one crashes into you from behind.

It’s a road that is both monotonous and terrifying.


Brian Lester Headshot
Mar 16, 2021

Brian Out Loud

All too often decisions made by the Florida High School Athletic Association make little sense.
This time, the state did the right thing.

It was announced Monday that the FHSAA has officially wrapped up the reclassification process, and it did so in sprinter-like fashion.


Michael Bannon Headshot
Mar 15, 2021

For God’s Sake: Christ willingly gave his life-giving blood for me

I don’t know what romantic thing you did for Valentine’s Day, but my wife and I gave blood. It was her idea.

She is always ready to give blood whenever “The Big Red Bus” is in town and I always ask, “What are they giving away?”