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Sheriff Rick Roth: A legacy of service

Longtime former Monroe County Sheriff Rick Roth passed away this week and while most passings evoke sadness, this particular one also induces a deep sense of gratitude as much as any emotion. Monroe County’s longest-serving sheriff, Roth is remembered by many for his long service, professionalism and visionary leadership. He[…]

Time marches on for Twain favorites in ‘Huck Out West’

In this Mark Twain sequel, “Huck Out West” by Robert Coover, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are now grown and their story picks up in the 1870s in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After working for the short-lived Pony Express, Tom has decided he would rather own civilization than[…]

Little things add up — and up …

I just made Japanese-style chicken from a recipe I found online. I printed out a list of ingredients and headed for the grocery store, because for some reason, I couldn’t find anything called mirin in my fridge. Or sesame seeds, or scallions, or a few other things the recipe called[…]

Finding compassion for people you don’t like

You can choose your friends, but not your colleagues. If you are lucky, most of the people you work with are easy to get along with, but there is sometimes someone we just don’t like. There are times, however, when you have to work with someone who continuously annoys you.[…]

A tale of two … perspectives?

Charles Dicken’s historic novel, “A Tale of Two Cities,” begins with the well-known opening sentence, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the season of Light, it was the season[…]

Sanctuary assumptions are irresponsible and dangerous

The social media trolls have not disappointed during these early stages of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint regulatory process. In fact, in many ways, they have exceeded expectations for incorrect, incomplete or inflammatory information. We know that today, if you say something emphatically enough or loud enough[…]

Sanctuary’s restoration plan a colossal yet critical undertaking

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary began rolling out the Restoration Blueprint document last week, which has many on edge. Residents are fearful more waters and wildlife areas would gain new protection under proposals in the draft update, affecting popular but sensitive spots. Keys residents take their “personal” boating and[…]