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Michael Bannon Headshot
Feb 24, 2021

For God’s Sake: Never elevate anyone to a status that we believe them incapable of sin.

Several months ago, I wrote a column about deceased Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias and how I had benefited from his ministry.

Recently in the news I read that the accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse leveled against him in recent years by several women have proven true.


Feb 24, 2021

Editorial: Were commissioners helping or hurting by easing one person’s code woes?

Representative government or political interference with the law?

Like the Federal government functions on the principal of subdividing its lawmaking (the Congress), law administration (the Executive), and law interpretation (the Judiciary) duties to prevent abuses against citizens, so too must Santa Rosa County.


Wendy Victora Rudman Headshot
Feb 24, 2021

Wendy Victora Rudman: Silver lining in wearing mask

I was raised on a steady diet of platitudes. The early bird gets the worm. Every cloud has a silver lining. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Like so many things I told my children, phrases like these become meaningless – perhaps because they are said so often.


Feb 23, 2021

Letter: Trump faced unfair criticism

In the Feb. 4-10 paper, you had a column by Rich Lowry, “Free speech for me, but not for you.” The column was very good, but Mr. Lowry has a very short memory.

Brian Lester Headshot
Feb 22, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Name that bridge. It just sounds more fun than name that tune doesn’t it?

I think so. I hope you do as well.


Feb 19, 2021

Guest Opinion: City manager shares ‘community success story’

Exciting news for Tiger Point Golf Course! The City of Gulf Breeze has approved a purchase and sale agreement with Capstone Golf II LLC for the 18-hole east golf course and with Scott Zepp for the clubhouse and adjacent holes 10 and 18 of the old west golf course.

Following a due diligence period, closing is scheduled for late February.


Wendy Victora Rudman Headshot
Feb 17, 2021

Wise Words: Appreciate every step you take

It’s been three years since I took a careless step into a puddle of water at an athletic event and tore my hamstring muscles.

I remember slowly doing something like the splits and feeling a tearing motion so visceral that I could almost visualize what was happening under the skin.


Feb 16, 2021

Reptiles and amphibians rarely seen but are still around in winter months

The covers feel really great on cold February mornings, especially when it is time to get up and go.

Warm and secure, there is the impulse to remain in bed for an extended time and delay the thermal shock of the world beyond blankets and quilts. Most residents of the area however must rise and, hopefully, shine.


Feb 16, 2021

Letter: Want to change party affiliation? Here’s how

Want to change party affiliation? Here’s how

I recently sent this letter to our supervisor of elections.  I thought others might want to use it as a template.


Michael Bannon Headshot
Feb 16, 2021

For God’s Sake: Becoming a new creation in Christ

A lifetime ago, I was the lead guitarist for a rock band.

When I admit this in church circles, it is met with a bemused look that says, “Really?” I will admit, I bear little resemblance to a “rocker” with my gray hair and conservative attire but put a guitar in my hands and my claim is quickly validated.

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