Opinion

County commission is operating recklessly and raising alarm

“I view with alarm.” During my service in the United States Navy, if you ever read those words coming down from the Admiral, you knew it meant something was dangerously wrong and needed to be corrected immediately. I think it is time for the citizens of Santa Rosa County — the Admirals, so to speak, of all elected officials — […]

Even when careful, we often step in it

On the back of my wife’s closet door hangs a shoe rack. On that rack are 15 pairs of casual ladies shoes. Each of those shoes has soles that face the interior of the room, such that when you look at them, you are not seeing the upper or decorative part of the shoe, the part she plans on matching […]

Where are the restrooms approved for Navarre Beach Pier?

When I addressed this issue with the county commissioners five years ago I had our seniors, kids, tourists and our resident fishermen in mind. By the ignoring my request for a rest room similar to the one at the Panama City Pier or the one on Hwy, 98, with hot and cold running water, available 24/7 and maintained by the […]

Shoebox gifts share joy

Despite a global pandemic, residents throughout Northwest FL Area Team shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. At curbside drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, generosity of donors across the U.S. resulted in more than 7.8 million shoebox gifts collected in 2020. Combined with those collected from partnering countries […]

A dark future

President Joe is right to say we are going to have a dark winter and we may also have a dark future. The new proposed COVID bill has as much to do with liberal states bail out as it does with relief due to the COVID virus. This means well run states like Florida will pay to bail out poorly […]

Borrow pits endanger drinking wells

Over the past several months, Santa Rosa’s politics have been inflamed by heated debates concerning the county’s water supply. The arguments largely concern local developers and their practice of digging sand. The practice leaves large holes or and ”borrow pits” that many experts say are hazardous to our underlying water sources. Developers claim that the practice isn’t as dangerous as […]

Mrs. Pat’s spaghetti is memorable

I still remember that second Tuesday of June, 1995. Commencement exercises were scheduled for Auburn for all us recent graduates the next day, but I was super excited to start my new role as the pastor of my first church, Coffee Springs United Methodist, so I skipped walking to start my new job. After unloading the U-Haul truck at 304 […]

Gulf Breeze Will Do supports the community

With 2020 behind us (and thank goodness), our community is hopeful, hopeful that the vaccine will get us back to normalcy, hopeful that the bridge will reopen in March, hopeful that our beaches and business that survived last year will thrive in the New Year. Even if they do, the strain on Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach will certainly leave […]

Political Cartoon

Changing the calendar doesn’t change everything

Last year it was a daily dose of Chuck Norris jokes. This year’s daily flip calendar is appropriately called “Dad Jokes.” My wife’s is a little more serious scripture and devotional daily calendar. Each sit on our respective bathroom cabinet countertops. On the wall next to the refrigerator hangs our “family calendar” complete with pictures of dogs playing in the […]


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