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Opinion


City’s efforts to remove blight a move in the right direction

We feel the need to applaud the City of Crestview’s efforts to combat blight. Unfortunately, blight is an issue that most communities have to deal with. It doesn’t take long for a piece of property to fall into disrepair when the owner stops, or in some cases never, taking care of it.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: “I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?”

We are thankful

We at Sandpaper Publishing have much to be thankful for, beginning with our members and readers. You fuel the passion we have for publishing three newspapers each week for three communities.

Newspapers are critical to the health of a community

It is no secret that Google has secured a near monopoly in the search and local advertising world.

However, the impact on newspapers hasn’t been quite as obvious.


Out and About

Sandi Kemp
December 14, 2022
As I go to meetings and listen to meetings in Santa Rosa County and now Okaloosa County, I realize how valuable it is to know what is going on in two counties, not just one.

Randy’s Report

Randy Dixon
January 24, 2023
I just read that minor league baseball at the AAA level will be using robots to call balls and strikes this year. Personally, I don’t like anything that takes the human element out of baseball. What can we expect next, autocorrect to catch words some machine thinks we misspelled?

Every person in a congregation has a part to play

Guest Columnist
January 24, 2023
When one of my daughters was married 12 years ago, I was only peripherally involved in all the pre-wedding planning. My daughter wanted me to do the ceremony, so I was more focused on that than anything else. I didn’t understand all the hubbub and pressure surrounding all the other preparations.

Dusting Off
DeSantis going after Disney still doesn’t sit right

Dusty Ricketts
January 24, 2023
It still surprises me that one of the biggest stories of last year in Florida was Gov. Ron DeSantis vs. Disney and that DeSantis not only won, but he crushed them. Earlier this month, we got our first look at what the changes to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the special district created in 1967 and signed into law by then Gov. Claude Kirk Jr.