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Selective protection of small merchants

The Clermont City Council recently denied plans by Wal-Mart to add a 4,000-square-foot liquor store to its Supercenter on Johns Lake Road.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Raising impact fees: Tough call, but right call
Posted: December 05, 2014

Lake County commissioners voted recently to triple the existing school impact fees, all the way to $7,719 per new single-family home.

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Sunday 08/31/2014
Questions about EMS' priorities
Posted: August 31, 2014

We learned last week that Lake Emergency Medical Services, the county’s ambulance service, submitted a healthy budget request to the Lake County Commission that includes new money for equipment, a 3 percent increase in salaries and funding for a new data analyst and an associate medical director.

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Sunday 03/30/2014
Proceed carefully with chicken law
Posted: March 30, 2014

The decision by the Leesburg City Commission to allow chickens in residential areas might seem inconsequential in the Pantheon of public policy i ssues, but it is has serious implications for those who live in many area neighborhoods.

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Sunday 03/23/2014
Keeping education relevant and challenging
Posted: March 23, 2014

The recent news that Florida schools will mandate instruction in cursive writing next school year was a head scratcher, principally because many of us weren’t aware schools aren’t teaching this most basic skill.

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Sunday 02/16/2014
Bring back full Lynx bus
Posted: February 16, 2014

The reappearance of Lynx buses on the streets of south Lake County in recent weeks has been a welcome sight for those who depend on mass transit for their livelihoods.

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Sunday 01/12/2014
District should get serious about water conservation
Posted: January 12, 2014

The lates t word o n our water supply is hardly news but worth noting nonetheless. The St. Johns River Water Management District is projecting the 18 counties that make up the district — including Lake — will tap out their groundwater supply by 2035. When that happens, other means will have to be found to meet the shortfall that is forecast to be somewhere around 256 million gallons a day.

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Wednesday 01/08/2014
Compounding the problem
Posted: January 08, 2014

If chemical weapons killed 64 people on U.S. soil, the nation would be in a frenzy trying to determine what measures could be taken to prevent it from happening again.

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Monday 01/06/2014
Flood-rate questions
Posted: January 06, 2014

Florida lawmakers have largely failed to produce lower rates in their attempts to tinker with the state’s home insurance markets, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. On Dec. 17, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed the bill in response to rising flood insurance rates for thousands of Floridians under the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.

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Sunday 01/05/2014
South Lake moving in healthy direction
Posted: January 05, 2014

Something’s going on in south Lake County — and it’s bound to get your heart racing.

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Sunday 12/29/2013
Groveland deserves praise for bus funding
Posted: December 29, 2013

S ometimes the consequences of mixing politics and governing aren’t pretty.

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Friday 12/27/2013
Transparency is becoming clearer
Posted: December 27, 2013

A mong many of the president’s unfulfilled campaign promises was his statement that” his administration would be the most transparent in history.” Ironically in 2013 his promise of transparency became clearer but not due to his efforts. The element of transparency revealed in 2013 was the discovery by the American people that they finally learned the magnitude of the lack of transparency in this administration.

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School board should tread carefully on GSA
Posted: December 27, 2013

B ayli Silberstein wanted to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, Carver Middle, to help combat bullying and create a more tolerant atmosphere.

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Wednesday 12/25/2013
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Posted: December 25, 2013

Y ou can tell there’s something special about this time of year — besides the annual preparations for the “holiday season.”

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Sunday 12/22/2013
History may be repeating itself
Posted: December 22, 2013

In September of 1938 the “Munich Agreement” was signed among G ermany, Great Britian, France and Italy. This agreement gave Adolph Hitler and Germany the Sudetenland (western part of Czechoslovakia) and set up the capitulation of the rest of Czechoslovakia to become part of Hitler’s ambitions towards the expansion of Germany.

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St. Johns needs to provide better explanation
Posted: December 22, 2013

We’d like St. Johns River Water Management District officials to provide a fuller explanation of their decision to recommend approval of a request by Groveland’s Nigara Bottling Company.

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Sunday 12/15/2013
Are golf carts in downtown Leesburg wise?
Posted: December 15, 2013

W e can certainly understand what would motivate leaders in retirement and planned communities to allow golf carts to drive on public roads.

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'Let it be written. Let it be done'
Posted: December 15, 2013

I n my life time I believe the movie I have enjoyed the most was Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film, The Ten Commandments, shown in 1956. Loaded with a star-studded cast, the two lead roles were played by Charlton Heston, as Moses, and Yul Brynner who played Rameses, the Pharaoh of Egypt.

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Friday 12/13/2013
Letters to the editor
Posted: December 13, 2013

We all need to help protect our springs

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Legislators should move slowly on increasing speed limits
Posted: December 13, 2013

H ow could you make Florida’s Christmas season traffic more dangerous than it already is? Maybe by raising the speed limits.

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