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While every moment has the capacity for peace—even the hectic ones—there are those that are cherishable. The ones we should take a mental photograph of so we can enjoy them later. 

Recently, Marco Rubio published a guest opinion piece in the New York Post. I’ve reprinted much of it below, but go to the New York Post website and read the entire column.

My recent trip to Florida was glorious for one simple reason: It was normal. You see, I had been hungering for a friendly social gathering for months – any gathering involving family, friends, business colleagues or old classmates would do.

No matter how well we conduct our lives, there will be those that attack our character, our integrity, those who choose to tear people down and live miserable lives. 

“We thoroughly enjoy our yard showcasing Florida native perennial plants that supply constant flowers and beauty for us as well as a habitat for birds, butterflies and pollinators.

    Shortly after the guilty verdicts were revealed in former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial for murdering George Floyd, legal experts suggested Chauvin will appeal, arguing that his right to a fair trial was threatened by extensive pretrial publicity. 

A community newspaper is many things to its readers. If it is performing its job well, it provides a reliable source for news and helps the local business community stay healthy and vibrant. No other media in our area can match our audience and reach, because we deliver our paper to the grea…

My great grandmother, who we called Nother Mommy since she half raised our entire family and then some, loved her plants so much that she would spend hours laboring in her plethora of flower gardens. This woman would dig, mulch, replant, fertilize. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It was a ton of wor…

Let’s hear it for the Clermont Police  Department and the Clermont Cafe for hosting the most recent Coffee with a Cop at the restaurant’s downtown location. The program allows citizens to interact with many members of the police force in a relaxed setting. It is a great program, and the coff…

I’ve tried to help our readers understand how the state of Florida government managed to cut taxes at the state level every year since 2009. To keep the state budget in balance, the state transferred the costs those taxes used to pay for down to local government. It is good old-fashioned bai…

Sometimes worrying about the when and how can cycle us into a whirlpool of frustration. Why hasn’t this happened yet? I’m doing everything right. How is this going to happen? I don’t have the means for it.

The Florida legislature is dramatically changing how public notices work in Florida. Public notices represent the public’s right to know what your government is up to. Public notices are currently required to be put in the newspaper and on a single statewide website for actions like rezoning…

As the new publisher of The News Leader, one of the most interesting parts of my job is meeting new people in the business and civic community. As I do, I like to find out a little more than their titles or business roles. It is the little things that help us understand people better. My hop…

I don’t even want to calculate the hours of my life over the last 50 years that I’ve spent in public meetings and hearings listening to self-appointed scolds telling the rest of us that we’re not preserving enough of Florida before they return to the comfort of their air-conditioned single-f…

What if we rewarded ourselves when we failed or made a mistake, instead of self-bashing and shaming that only serves to condition us with more failure? 

“Hey David, I read your note on national immigration. If it is true, as you say it is, that GDP is the sum of productivity growth and population growth, why not focus instead on just productivity growth. Why do we have to grow the pie and then divide it among even more people? If the populat…

In part one of How to Overcome Outside Influence, we went over how the thoughts and emotions that we choose run our show both inwardly and outwardly.

“For someone who a few weeks ago complained about how much taxes your company had to pay, you sure make it sound like the Republicans in Tallahassee are all to blame. Yet you think they should raise state taxes to take the ‘burden‘ off local governments. Isn’t that what local governments are…

It’s true what they say, life doesn’t have to happen to us; we get to happen to it. On our terms. Yes, some outside forces we can’t control do drop on us, but we get to decide how to relate to and handle those happenstances. They only overcome us when we allow ourselves to be crushed by thei…

This past Wednesday, our sixteen-year-old dachshund, Scully, knocked on death’s door. She’d been sick for a few days and now she wasn’t eating or drinking. As a result, she was lethargic and losing her balance. In order to be there for her passing, I worked from home and my husband Mark came…

Perhaps, as you look around, it feels like we are busy again. Restaurants are busy. Roads are busy. Snowbirds are back here where they belong. All is well again in the world.

“Mr. Dunn-Rankin, I appreciated your article on ‘How quickly should Florida grow?’ in which you presented the reasons why growth needs to maintain a balance between upper-class and affordable working-class housing.

They say we’re the sum total of our choices. What some of them fail to mention is that we have the power to change our minds about our present and future choices so dramatically that the ghosts of our pasts become powerless to haunt us. 

In reading feedback from readers about my column on immigration, I realized many of us don’t have useful information on the subject. Let’s see how much we know about immigration.

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices – the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

We serve a big God, a great God, not a mediocre or puny God, so it stands to reason that we were meant for greatness. 

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