Opinion

Growth Requires Change and Adapting To It

  It has often been said about Northwest Florida that we have can avoid mistakes made in South Florida by responsibly managing development and infrastructure improvements in ways that stay ahead of the growth curve. Never has that challenge been…

Resolution of Beach-Access Issue is a Matter of Respect

  Let’s say you are the executive director of an organization, the Gator State Conservancy, which is committed to acquiring and preserving environmentally sensitive lands. Your organization purchases an undeveloped tract from the state of Florida. For many generations, that…

He Hung the Crescent Moon, That Is, Wrench

  A few years ago by now, I gave a motion-detecting camera to a wildlife-watching friend of mine, sure that he would enjoy a device capable of capturing images of fur-bearing critters marauding his bird feeders at wee hours of…

Self Expression: It's Your Right

  Days after the Parkland, Florida, killings in February, thousands of young people descended on the Old Capitol in Tallahassee to demonstrate and to express their anger and disappointment about our nation’s gun laws and gun culture. Rallying around a…

Insisting Upon Tomorrow

  I spied the tiniest of turtles, little more than a hatchling. For long minutes, it moved not at all, flotsam with its head protruding above the surface of the pond. I thought about the odds that the creature had…