In 2008, I told my family, before I retired in 2030, my electric car would drive me to work. I would sit in the back seat, reading the morning newspaper, as the car carried me to work. I would charge my car at night through solar panels on my home’s roof and have no fuel costs.

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Do you provide care for a loved one, or are you facing challenges as you age? This column is designed to bring support, education and encouragement for those who deal with memory loss, have questions about aging or care for loved ones. Today, we have two questions from our readers.

Sometimes I get emails from readers that sound something like this: “You liberal lamestream media are the enemies of the state.”

One of our thoughtful readers wrote me a note disagreeing with me in such a polite way I wanted to share much of their note with everyone else.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about how 10 percent of all the drivers on Florida roads are driving on a suspended license. This epidemic of suspended licenses is because Florida imposes heavy court fees we expect everyone to pay, regardless of their income. If you can’t pay your fees and…

Reader T. wrote me the following note about what it is like to own a small business right now.

This newspaper asked our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., where they stood on additional support for our Main Street merchants. Our area’s economy went backward in July. Our locally owned small businesses still need help.

Your elected officials let small business support and unemployment support run out during the worst public health care crisis in 100 years and the worst economic downturn in 90 years. Is there even one public servant left in Washington, D.C.?

On July 11, in a COVID-19 briefing held at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis bragged about the amount of coronavirus testing Florida has done compared to Taiwan.

I want to compliment the News Leader for keeping up to date and relevant, interesting, and informative information. I have always looked forward to receiving my paper every week, for many years now. Thank you.

Widely reported and widely repeated is the idea this coronavirus preys on the weak and elderly. The reports are true. COVID-19 is much more deadly to the elderly than the young.

Thank you to all the readers of this paper who called or wrote your senator or congressman asking for help for our main street merchants. Many of our locally owned small business owners are struggling to survive because of the initial legally required shutdown. The current spike in coronavir…

One of our team was visiting a client. A lady came up to her and asked, “Who is that David guy that writes every week?” Our team member said, “He is our owner and CEO.”

Whenever our great country seems in a moment of crisis, I like to reread a short speech by Abraham Lincoln. Each crisis feels like our country is struggling once again with equality, or worried about our freedom, or fretting about our nation’s economic future, or all three put together.

In four years, the new president might be Florida’s current Gov. Ron DeSantis. He’s an excellent campaigner. After running to the far right, when elected, DeSantis adopted a more centrist agenda that will likely ensure his re-election in two years.

When I was five, I received my first “fishing pole.” We didn’t have a lot of money. There were seven of us living in an 1,800 square foot house with three bedrooms and one bathroom.

Would you wear a mask if you knew that 25% of our children under two years old would die if they got infected with the coronavirus? I suspect most of us would say yes without hesitation.

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The flies were swarming. On the outside of the screens. Stuck in the screens. Some even squeezed through holes in the screens and now were dive bombing us in the house. In the summer, Tidewater Virginia is ground zero for the mosquito and fly invasion.

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Small businesses are facing a major challenge. The federal government has picked winners and losers. The winners are big business. Wal-Mart stays open selling clothing, books and anything you might want. The local clothing store must close. Home Depot stays open selling carpet, but the local…

A new resident has parked itself in the driveway of the parsonage. After ten years of the old resident parked outside, it is a nice change to see this new one.

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