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Dec 16, 2020

For God’s Sake: Free TV for price of kindness

My wife and I had a strange, wonderful experience recently. I was working from home when our doorbell rang. What used to be a childish prank – ring a doorbell then run away – is now the norm for package deliverers. I opened the door and propped up against the wall was an enormous, thin […]

Dec 12, 2020

Column: Chilly weather doesn’t affect live oak trees

It is correct to say the shorter days are the impetus for the leaf loss on most hardwood trees, but the subfreezing temperature and gusty winds in the weeks to come will finish off any foliage stragglers.

Sweet gums, maples, dogwoods, and many others are starkly exposed to the elements.


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Dec 10, 2020

For God’s Sake

I am from Canada where, as I say far too often to my wife, we speak the Queen’s good English. The first time she met my family, she was slightly intimidated by their precise diction and greatly amused by their accents and “quaint” vocabulary.

Dec 10, 2020

Letter to Editor: Will new park be bird friendly?

Did you know that birds in the United States have decreased 29% since 1970!  Or that the mass of migrating birds in the spring has declined 13% between 2007 and 2017 with most along the East Coast? To improve those numbers, “Birdscaping” plants should be chosen to provide food and shelter year-round, said Leonard Perry, […]

Dec 10, 2020

Out and About

We had a big weekend in Navarre with the annual the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation Jingle Bell Run, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park.

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Dec 10, 2020

Wise Words

No such thing as a perfect parent

I grew up in the age of Hallmark movies and television shows that depicted fathers patting sons on the head and multiple generations of families living peaceably together. They had family dinners every night and talked, while looking at each other.


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Dec 9, 2020

Brian Out Loud

If we were looking for a sign that the sports train has gone off the tracks during the COVID-19 pandemic, the wait is over.

Florida State didn’t play a football game for a third consecutive week last week because of COVID issues.


Dec 7, 2020

Letter to Editor: Democrats likely to pay for promises made

The Democrats’ position on COVID-19 will be their undoing

The Democrats have placed themselves is a precarious position. They won the election based on their claim they could handle the coronavirus better than their opponents. Using phrases like “Listen to science.” they persuaded a very slight majority of the people in this country they had a better solution and path to follow. Now they must deliver.


Dec 7, 2020

Column: Give wasps their space

The low frequency droning is an unmistakable acoustic cue for anything with auditory capabilities. There are times though when the menacing monotone is not present and the pain is a complete surprise.

Dec 4, 2020

Letter to Editor

Let the healing begin  

When the board decided to end the work of the TT Wentworth Jr. Foundation four years ago, we believed our efforts had been completed. We left our work on the history of northwest Florida and the contributions made by the Wentworth family in the good hands of the UWF Historic Trust and Pensacola State College. However, sometimes history finds us.  Recent revelations about our founder’s leadership in the KKK now compel us to return to right past wrongs wherever possible. This is where we now find ourselves as the family and former board members of the foundation.