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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?

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.

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.”

“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…

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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This photograph by Robert Dahlgren captures an early view of a path at Cypress Gardens, probably circa 1936. The photograph has been “tinted” with color by Dahlgren’s wife, Queena, who learned the art used to alter black and white photos.

So many things have been cancelled this year — traditional graduation ceremonies, sports seasons, even conventional funerals — that it has been facetiously suggested that we just cancel the year 2020.

This photo is looking northwest at a band stand in what is now South Central Park. The event depicted is welcoming the Starnes and Lawrence Band and was taken circa 1915. The buildings at left are located on the site of the present Bank of America.

Would you wear a mask if you knew that 25 percent of our children under 2 years of age would die if they got infected with the coronavirus? I suspect most of us would say “yes” without hesitation.

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.

Not too long ago, I wrote of a scam that was occurring elsewhere in the United States — but now it looks like it may be happening here. Therefore, I thought it would merit a reminder to be aware.

Vice President Mike Pence, the nominal head of the nation’s battle against coronavirus, with its social distancing, quarantining and masking requirements, demonstrated a few days ago one of the few privileges (there certainly can’t be many) of being point man in the nation’s war on this unpr…

As it continues to warm up outside, and boat ramps across the county start to reopen following the COVID-19 virus closings by state and local governments, I want to remind everyone that safety and boating need to coexist.

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