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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…

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Few proposals coming from the nation’s capital have the potential to wreak as much havoc on the American economy as one to allow employers to defer withholding Social Security taxes from salaries of employees making up to $104,000 a year.

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You are looking north on Fifth Street, NW in downtown Winter Haven. Central Park is out of view on your right. The building at the far end of the street is thought to be Mrs. Crook’s Boarding House.

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Some people may not realize this, but law enforcement officers respond to a fair amount of medical calls — especially here in Polk County where we answer 9-1-1 and dispatch not just for law enforcement, but also for Polk County Fire Rescue.

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Most of us are embarrassed by the fiasco that is Florida’s unemployment system. During this crisis, people without an income to feed their family waited weeks and months to get their first unemployment check.

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Over the past several weeks, we have worked three different drug-related investigations with an alarming trend – each one had something to do with the illegal sale of marijuana via the social media application “Snapchat.”

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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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Over the years, many popular radio and television programs became a part of Citrus Exposition week. The 1957 event welcomed “I’ve Got a Secret,” one America’s most popular television shows, starring Garry Moore. Moore (right) is shown here with Cypress Gardens founder Dick Pope at the park.

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Last March, a couple of days after St. Patrick’s Day, when the reality set in that the nation was about to enter a quarantine on a scale unknown for 100 years, my first reaction was, “Wow, I have to be sure to tell my grandchildren about this!”

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This past week on the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, I reminisced about an event that has stuck with me since it occurred back when I was about 16 years old.

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There is a long history of racism against African Americans in the United States of America. Presently, there is a major division that has taken place from times past. 400 years ago was not long ago with the stench of slaver in America. The African American slaves were transported from Afric…

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The death of Congressman John Lewis earlier this month, and his role in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, has brought back vivid memories of that historic demonstration.

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Cypress Gardens added “Southern Belles” to the park in the early 1940s. Julie Pope is credited with costuming two employees in the wide flowing dresses to hide freeze-damaged plants at the park entrance. The Belles became an iconic part of the gardens. This photo was taken during the 1940s.

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When you reach the milestone of being exactly six months short of your 80th birthday — as I did today — you realize how limited your sources of excitement have become.

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