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Halloween is just days away and this means fun and excitement for your little ghouls, ghosts and goblins hoping to score a treasure trove of candy and treats throughout your neighborhood. 

We are making decisions in response to this pandemic that will live on for generations. Once government makes a decision, it rarely ever changes the enacted policy.

Editor’s note: The News Leader seeks religious leaders of all faiths in the communities of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde to write articles of religion, faith and values. If interested, please contact Managing Editor Steve Steiner at 352-242-9818, or: ssteiner@clermont…

So many folks struggle with their emotions to the extreme that they bow down to them, allowing anger, sadness, despair, etc. to navigate them into a hazy present and future. They allow their emotions to beat them into submission where they feel inadequate and insecure.

Many of us have heard of the TV show hosted by John Quiñones. John uses hidden cameras to observe how ordinary people behave when they’re confronted with dilemmas that require them either to take action or to walk by and mind their own business. 

Editor’s note: The News Leader seeks other religious leaders of all faiths in the communities of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde to write articles of religion, faith and values, in what is intended to become a weekly feature. If interested, please contact Managing Edito…

Hollywood has coined the word “action” across a myriad of movie sets. It’s a cue the actors act upon to move and speak according to script, in order to bring alive someone’s brainchild. 

The vast majority of us, once we make a decision, almost never ever change our mind. Even when the data is clear that we are wrong. Even, when in retrospect, we made the decision for the wrong reason.

Our community is growing. Whether it’s homes and apartments sprouting up on the south end or the numerous development plans on the books in the north, the evidence is clear. More people are expected to call Lake County their home over the next several years. Many of them are families with ch…

For about a month, I’ve suffered with deep muscle pain in my right arm; from my upper arm to my elbow to my wrist. I wasn’t sure where or why it originated. I’ve prayed and massaged the arm, applied heat and the pain persists. 

The great flea-infested swamp that was most of Florida a little more than 100 years ago was not a pleasant place for most: hot, muggy, prone to flooding in many places. The population of Florida in 1910 was just 750,000 people — total — for a good reason.

Sept. 10, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary when my birth daughter, Allie, and I were reunited. 

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘welcome distraction’ that’s often used in cases when we need a break from something tedious or traumatic. In those moments, our minds are temporarily relieved, possibly giving us a new perspective about the task or trauma at hand. 

Many years ago, my wife had a customer in Singapore who was visiting us here in the states. Over dinner, I asked him about all the rules Singapore had at that time: 

It seems everywhere we turn nowadays, someone is blaming someone else, taking no responsivity for their own emotional welfare. Whether it’s a political party, a boss, a relative, a spouse or even a child. 

As we watch the sad withdrawal of Americans and Afghan allies, in front of the Taliban advance, our nation considers the meaning of all the American lives lost and many more physically wounded, I wonder if this will be the last war Americans will be physically involved in.

Limiting labels corral us into a fence of mediocrity and misery. They compel us to stop searching for the gate of freedom because we buy the lie that we aren’t capable of superseding our self-drawn existence. 

A couple of weeks ago I received news that two members of my family were sick with COVID symptoms. The first was my 17-year-old son, Cooper. He told me he had cold symptoms. No big deal, right?

Our long-time production director, R., died from Glioblastoma — a particular nasty and deadly form of cancer. R. was with us almost 30 years. His former career was primarily as a newspaper accountant up in Pennsylvania.

It was 73 years ago this month that my dad, Allen Funt, brought “Candid Camera” to television. Remarkably, between his career and mine, we hold a record with the only entertainment show to have produced new episodes in eight different decades.

We are fat because grain-based food is the cheapest food source we can buy. We mix grain with salt and sugar to make it taste good. Relatively empty carbohydrate calories, plus salt and sugar, equals excess pounds.

My father passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was a long-time Central Florida resident and businessman. My column this week is a tribute to him. I know most of you never met him but to know him is to know me a little better. He was a mill representative for a large carpet manufacturer at o…

We’ve all stumbled somewhere along our life path, bashing our moral code, going against God’s Word, and — as consequence of sowing and reaping — messing up our lives by these damaging choices.  

They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. In other words, these grin-and-bear-it folks don’t give up. They pull up those bootstraps, power through and bust through problems like the Kool-Aid man.

As I look back 10 years ago when I started this non-profit organization, I had one thing in mind: making a simple and easy way for anyone in the community who wanted to volunteer be able to. Having the ability to do so without having to jump through hoops, I just wanted to make it simple and…

I have lived in Dona Vista, 2 miles north of Eustis, for almost 30 years. I have seen the conspiracy to force county residents into every city limit. All cities are doing it! I have tried to bring attention to this fact to my County Commissioners, and my House of Representatives members and …

Because I write young adult fiction, I’m acquainted with the ever-evolving slang, yet rarely use the jargon because it tends to age a novel. About 10 years ago kids were dropping the word “thirsty” on things or people they were mad desperate for and would do anything to attain. 

Most of us are familiar with the Bible story about how Moses led his people out of Egypt and into to the promised land. What many of us forget is that Moses and his people wandered in the desert for 40 years. Moses personally never got to the promised land.

When we complain about a situation, person or group of people, we place ourselves in an addictive cycle of negativity. It may feel momentarily good to vent, to satiate our self-importance, but the long term effects are a detriment to our brains, bodies and souls.      

Celebrating our nation’s independence every year on July 4 is a point of joy and pride. For more than 85 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence to millions of hardworking people. We have three useful online tools to help you achieve the financial independence you dese…

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