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Life returning to normal post-COVID

March 27, 2023
There’s no need to sugarcoat some things. The pandemic sucked. Millions of people worldwide died from the virus. It brought undue racist attacks against Asians here in America. It helped to bring a lot of anger to the surfaces in the states and abroad.

It’s time to end time changes

March 20, 2023
Ben Franklin did a lot of great things for this country. One of his bright ideas that I am not found of, and really hate to be honest, is daylight-saving time. Well, that’s not entirely true. I actually prefer daylight-saving time. What I don’t like is the switch back to standard time.

Life lessons from ‘The Wrath of Khan’

March 13, 2023
The other day, I watched “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and more than 40 years later it remains an excellent movie on its own and is still the peak of Star Trek in my opinion. One thing I really paid attention to in this latest viewing of the movie is just how great some of the lines are and how they really have inspired me and have had a small part in forging me into the person I am today.

Does car-buying have to be a chore?

March 6, 2023
I bought my first car in 2000, a brand-new blue Volkswagen Beetle. To this day, it’s still probably my favorite car that I’ve ever owned. Back then, buying a car was an exciting experience. It was far and away the most expensive purchase I had made at that point in my life and remained that way for many years.

We’re still a work in progress, but making good progress

February 27, 2023
Today you might notice a small change on the front of your newspaper that has a big meaning for us. When Sandpaper Publishing purchased the Crestview News Bulletin and Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette from the previous owners and took over the publications at the beginning of last year, the two papers were in bad shape.

Governor announcements make planning difficult

February 21, 2023
There’s something that has bothered me about the way Gov. Ron DeSantis does business since he took office in early 2019 and it has nothing to do with his politics. I’ve been covering the news in Northwest Florida for close to 20 years now at different publications.

Driving me crazy

February 14, 2023
It’s hard to believe I’ve been back overseeing the Crestview News Bulletin and Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette for more than two months now. There have been some minor hiccups along the way, more on that later, but overall the job has gone better than I could have hoped.

It’s not the years, it’s the mileage

February 7, 2023
In a lot of ways, I haven’t minded getting older. Despite a couple of back surgeries (in fact, I am writing this column on the 10th anniversary of my first), I am a rather healthy guy in my mid-40s.

Dusting Off

January 31, 2023
In the 20-plus years I have been a journalist, I have covered hundreds of events, written thousands of stories. However, the story that had probably the biggest impact on my life wasn’t even a story that I wrote. In October 2016, I was the editor of two different weekly newspapers, one that sadly isn’t around any longer and the other is not the paper that it used to be because of budget cuts, which is just as sad. That was when we found out that Alaqua Animal Refuge had rescued dozens of Great Danes.

DeSantis going after Disney still doesn’t sit right

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.