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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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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…

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This Christmas season, we thought a neat gift we could give to our citizens would be free pet adoptions from our Animal Control facility during the week before Christmas and all the way until Christmas Eve.

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“(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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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