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Your elected officials let small business support and unemployment support run out during the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the worst economic downturn in 90 years.

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Many years ago — make that many, many years ago — I began struggling with that problem that has vexed parents for generations: Is there a Santa Claus?

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In the unincorporated areas of Polk County, we are currently enjoying a 46-year low crime rate. You may have heard me mention that before, but it’s an awesome statistic — and one that really shows how great it is to live here.

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There is one word in the American lexicon that is considered so vile that it is referred to only by its code name, “the N-word.”

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“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” Those are the words written in 1971 by Judge Hugo Black in the 6-3 (New York Times Co. vs Uni…

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My first acquaintance with banks came in elementary school in 1947 when I became a depositor in the Second Grade National Bank at Bartow Elementary School.

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