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Seemingly persistent reports of human misdeeds and atrocities might lead us to wonder at the depths of depravity, cruelty, and malice that we as a species are capable of. The Bible indicates that while human beings clearly possess the capacity for both the most noble and the most heinous act…

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You likely don't need me to tell you that children all over the country are suffering the academic consequences of the pandemic, and Florida is not an exception. A 2022 survey revealed that 52% of American families were looking for a new school. To put it in personal terms, in a classroom of…

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2022 was a long year for Homestead Mennonite Church with plenty of changes, both good and bad. As a group, we have faced the changes and adaptations we've had to make head-on.

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Behind the refusal of the House Republican Party's so-called freedom caucus to vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the caucus's skepticism that he will actually "rein in government spending."

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As we enter a milestone year for Monroe County in 2023, our commissioners and staff continue to enhance the quality of the lives of our citizens, business owners, and visitors. I am honored to serve as Monroe County Administrator for the past 14.5 years, and I am proud of the remarkable acco…

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“To reason with governments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes. It is only from the nations themselves that reforms can be expected.” – Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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During this holiday season, one cannot help but observe an emphasis on giving.

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President Joe Biden's going after 401(k) retirement accounts, risking millions of workers' comfortable retirements.

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As Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) returns for his third term, top on his priority list should be assisting Floridians as they attempt to recover from the financial impacts of the recent natural disasters. Unfortunately, excessive credit card swipe fees are standing in the way of this goal.

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There is a conflict raging in the Redlands against venue owners by several disgruntled individuals trying to eliminate these businesses. The latest attack came in the form of a blanket letter to the County accusing close to 20 venues of dividing their personal homes for rental purposes.

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While many may view what’s happening at the southern border as an immigration issue, what’s fundamentally at stake is a question of constitutional authority, responsibility, and state sovereignty – safeguarded by the founding fathers when they drafted, and the states ratified, the U.S. Const…

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Most of us are familiar with the expression "When God closes a door, he opens another," or something similar. While some might assume this is in some manner a Biblical principle, the actual phrase (or anything comparable) does not occur in the text of Scripture.

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I was so pleased to read of the upcoming Florida City Medical Mondays at the City Hall of Florida City, with the CHI mobile unit, eventually bringing medical care to areas where this care is greatly needed.

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The U.S. Postal Service has been hard at work preparing for the holiday season since January. Rest assured, we’re holiday ready and well prepared to deliver fast and reliable service to every address in Homestead and across America.

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Hospital rooms, operating rooms and medical equipment are so inadequately cleaned that any patient going into a hospital is at risk of getting a deadly superbug. That's true even if you're going for the happiest reason of all: to give birth.

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Florida is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and diverse environments. Our natural resources, all tied to our prosperity, will be protected for generations to come because we have a leader who prioritizes our environment. From the beautiful everglades to precious wildlife, Governo…

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The months-long standoff between Republican officials and asset managers over Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing deepened this week, as South Carolina announced plans to pull $200 million out of funds run by BlackRock, the nation’s largest asset manager. This comes less than a…

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Democrats and their media allies are sounding the alarm that the Supreme Court is "dismantling" the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Washington Post warns that this term, the court will likely strip Black voters of their right to elect someone "who represent(s) them."

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As a Christian, I feel that it is part of my calling to honor God with my actions, to look for his will and enact it. Unfortunately, "looking for his will" is much easier to say than it is to do.

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Being a Florida farmer, like anything, comes with its challenges. That is why it is important that we have champions fighting for us in Washington, D.C. There has been no stronger advocate for Florida farmers than Marco Rubio.

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Will 2022 turn out be a hinge year, as a moment when long-standing trends in geopolitics suddenly shifted in a different direction? This week, two important writers, one a long-established and prolific historian, the other a provocative presence on the internet, have argued persuasively that…

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The West is experiencing its third energy crisis. The first, in 1973, was caused by the near-quintupling of the price of crude oil by Gulf oil producers in response to America’s support for Israel in the Yom Kippur war. Their action brought an end to what the French call the trente glorieuse…

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My brother, Kirk Randolph Elder, died suddenly and unexpectedly, 16 days before his 70th birthday. He and Tresta, his wife of 41 years, had planned a trip to Hawaii, where they were going to celebrate Kirk's birthday.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at a recent event with a liberal audience, praised Justice Clarence Thomas, her ideological adversary. Sotomayor said, "He is a man who cares deeply about the court as an institution."

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I’m writing another editorial concerning illegal dumping, garbage, recycling, bulky pick-up. I have learned cameras have been put out to enforce rules against illegal dumping. We still have too many people using bulky waste for items that are illegal, example: car tires, paint cans, gas cans…

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This week a dozen anit-gun/freedom/science senators sent a letter to the FTC demanding an investigation of “unfair and deceptive advertising practices used by the firearms industry.”

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President Joe Biden has made eradicating government corruption a top priority: "Fighting corruption is not just good governance," he recently proclaimed. "It is self-defense. It is patriotism, and it's essential to the preservation of our democracy and our future."

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Assorted editorials regarding political or social issues periodically employ the phrase "soft on crime," typically as an accusation. It indicates a reluctance or aversion to enacting and enforcing legal consequences for illegal activities.

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As a writer in college working to hone my craft, I’ve reached the point where I must learn about my target audience.

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With the selection of candidates mostly complete, Labor Day marks the traditional start of the 2022 fall mid-term election season. With the nation facing historic economic, social, and geo-political challenges, the stakes are high for the control of Congress.

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I’m writing this letter to the editor to try and help residents, homeowners, and renters of Homestead, to educate them on the regulations for the disposal of household waste (green lid) recycling cans (yellow or gray lid) and bulk waste piles. I’m asking everyone to check and confirm what ma…

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Last week brought incredible relief to millions of Americans concerned by the threat climate change poses. After more than a year of fighting, Democrats in congress have finally succeeded in passing historic investments in climate change, through the Inflation Reduction Act. Through this pie…

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Attorney General Merrick Garland justified the unprecedented FBI raid of the residence of a former president by saying: "The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly s…

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During a vacation bible school in my younger years, I witnessed and participated in a performance metaphor of our renewed lives as Christians.

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While a stagnating economy with high inflation is what economists usually call stagflation, the current situation is worse, as the real economy is declining. So there’s much less to go around for everyone – making us poorer in the process.

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I have an M.A. in Government/Political Science from a major university in the United States. And I know something about American History.

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Across the pond, Brits are demanding their next prime minister do something to reduce the U.K.'s notorious cancer death rates. But here in the U.S., Democrats are doing the opposite. They're pushing for European-style price controls on drugs that will slow cancer cures and lead to more death…