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Admit it: For a moment, Michael concerned you

The expression ‘gun-shy’ appears to have originated around 1884 and was coined for the way sporting dogs reacted to gunfire. Today, it extends beyond the literal to describe a person’s reluctance or hesitancy toward something because of a previous unpleasant experience. To categorize Hurricane Irma as an unpleasant experience a little over a year ago[…]

Change can be tough, but we welcome it

Several years back a former newspaper colleague shared an expression with me I’d never heard before — “Change or Die.” We were discussing how the media industry was changing, since the digital landscape was transitioning so wildly. I recall my initial reaction being, “Well, that was kind of a harsh statement.” That was circa 2004,[…]

Fishing in the Keys in August is always hot

A thick layer of Saharan dust had settled in over the Florida Keys, and it gave the early morning sky a muted orange glow as the sun began to rise. The hazy sky made the horizon almost disappear completely as daybreak reflected off the surface of the flat, calm ocean. I knew we would need[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: to Florida Keys Community College for the acquisition of property for its new Upper Keys Campus in Key Largo. There is a tremendous need in the Upper Keys for educational opportunities beyond the high school level. FKCC should be commended for its commitment to the students of the Keys and for taking the steps[…]

Canadian newsprint tariffs will hurt local newspapers

It’s no secret that America’s newspapers have struggled the past decade. Social media and myriad forms of digital news serving options have caused the industry to ‘self-correct’ in many ways, resulting in downsized operations and fewer copies. As many metro newspapers began neglecting local news coverage when hard choices needed to be made as circulation,[…]