The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect taxpayers’ daily lives.
Florida, known for its beautiful beaches, natural wonders and vibrant tourist attractions, continues to grow rapidly.
Polk State College is celebrating a successful 2019 thanks to the Polk County Legislative Delegation, and the College is optimistic ahead of the 2020 Legislative Session that the support of local legislators will ensure continued access to a Polk State education for all residents of Polk Cou…
Last month, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced a large-scale, headline-grabbing prostitution sting that netted 154 arrests.
The year was 1965 and Florida was participating in the New York World’s Fair, but the Florida Pavilion was not performing well.
Better roads. Better parks. Better community. Winter Haven is a vibrant community, one that has seen many exciting transformations. Our government has worked with businesses, community leaders and citizens to carefully plan for those changes. We are now poised to build on the successes of th…
“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…
Forget the plane ticket — grab your food passport and explore Winter Haven!
The pioneers of Black History Month created an impact that has been powerful enough to transcend history. The lives of African Americans have improved throughout time because of the blood, sweat, tears, voices, and hard work of Black men and women around our great nation. I want to take this…
When I began my career with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office 48 years ago, I remember stopping in at the Mulberry police station and watching the dispatcher answer and dispatch calls from a radio room tucked away in a tiny corner of that police station.
A quiet moment of clarity produces the reality of the major concerns 2020 has left for us to work together to resolve. We find in 2021 the need to create and maintain solutions for inequalities, race relations, the judicial system, educational institutions and economic parities locally and n…
What better way to spend a long weekend than at a resort condo, overlooking the beautiful back bay waters of Estero Bay, while sipping a cold beverage from your balcony?
Several readers took me to task when I wrote in a previous column that small business is not being treated fairly.
Every year, traffic crashes kill more than 30,000 people in the United States.
Perhaps you look at the political wrangling in Washington, D.C., during the worst health care crisis in 100 years – and you wonder what has become of our great country.
The year just concluded is one of those rare occasions which gives us cause to believe that better times surely lie ahead, because the year just past couldn’t have been any worse.
As the odometer rolls over on the New Year on Thursday night, Bartowans (and any residents of neighboring communities who care to join us) will celebrate this annual milestone in a unique fashion.
“(Recently) Dunn-Rankin’s lead editorial stated that the government was taking 40% of his profits. I believe he should take a close look at his bookkeeper or accountant. The corporate tax rate is 21% flat, or better yet get Donald Trump's accountant. The Donald didn't pay any taxes 10 of the…
“Hey David. Your column about politicians not respecting small business blamed both Republicans and Democrats for the delay in passing another COVID-19 relief package.
In October, I went on a mission to find the best dessert in Polk County. The article was so well-received that I decided to keep it rolling. All November long, I tried the best voted tacos in the county.
Phil Robinson and Christa Morgan met while both were working at Tanners Lakeside. Phil is a chef and Christa’s background is in the hospitality industry.
Pictured is the Exchange Packing House, which once sat downtown on the site of the present day Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. The railroad tracks running through the photo would run directly through the Chamber’s breezeway today, so the large building was slightly east of the chamber building.
For several months, I have kept my own counsel on the Election of 2020, an event which should rate an entire chapter in history books.
Every year before Halloween, our special victims unit detectives remind registered sexual predators and sexual offenders who have restrictions related to having contact with children and participating in holidays that involve children.
Seniors have been harder hit by COVID-19 than any other age group, and it is not even close. Across the country, lawmakers, and public health officials must do everything they can to help this population, and this starts with learning the right lessons.
After reading Mr. Baker's article on the recent school board issues, I developed strong concerns about the suggestion for the rule to "make it unethical for school board members not to support a school policy once it is instated.." This sounds like a type of "cancel culture" going on today, …
As we make our transition to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we can be assured there is a new normal. The holidays ahead will be redefined in the wake of the Coronavirus. Wearing a face-mask, hand-sanitizing, social distancing and following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protec…
It feels like we are in a unique moment in history.