Who needs a hurricane to launch homeowner’s insurance rates through the roof when the Florida Legislature can do it for you?
I'm a new subscriber to the Winter Haven SUN and just read "Viewpoints" in the April 14, 2021 edition (“What does it mean to be a public servant?” by David Dunn-Rankin). I am in so much agreement with it that it's scary. If I am able to vote for any of these seven (7) representatives it will…
Safety is a major concern for both parents and childcare providers. It's never too early to start teaching young children about safety.
National Women’s History Month originated on Sunday, March 8, 1857. Several professional women from New York City factories were extremely frustrated about the terrible work environments and protested in the streets of New York. The first Women's Day celebration in the United States was in 1…
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…
I miss Mardi Gras. I miss being in crowds on Fat Tuesday. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from the pandemic so we can all congregate again.
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…
Division can be defined as a disagreement between a person or persons, producing tension, anger and hostility.
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…
I am a strong believer in peaceful protests and marching for a legitimate cause that impacts our society at its core. It is important to get involved in changing unethical policies and laws that touch our daily lives.
It is so exciting to observe children learning, growing and changing.
I have been reading several articles in The Sun Newspaper about the public school superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. First she was going to retire, giving up her salary of half a million dollars. That is okay if that is her decision. The article sounded racial but I am really not sure but it so…
The reopening of schools across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic has gained major attention, with strong opinions on both sides.
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…
This is in response to the letter from Mr. Gow Fields (Letter to the Editor, July 29 edition).
Our School Board is experiencing a leadership crisis and is at a crossroads.
Governor DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 — the self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” — an ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark.
The time has come to recognize the hard work and determination you displayed this school year. From beginning to end you achieved success. We know the historical Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hindered the normal functions of K-12 schools, but you have been relentless in your pursuits.
Waiting creates a weight few citizens are speaking of — but many are experiencing.
Dear Winter Haven residents,
The 2019 Christmas campaign for the U. S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program closed with a very successful year! This past Christmas, we provided new, unwrapped toys to 14,228 underprivileged children — an increase of over 1,866 children from the previous year.
Last week I heard a rumor. After some research I discovered it was true.
The holiday season has come and gone, but let’s continue to be thankful and grateful for the simple things we are blessed with. Be grateful for time with family and friends. Let us be thankful for achieving the small successes in life.
What have we really become in the United States of America?
There is a major concern that is being discussed among community and political leaders right now and that concern is homelessness.
I had the opportunity to visit Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee this year to meet with state lawmakers.
This is the time to celebrate students academic and educational success. Let’s cheer on the students that earned their way to obtaining straight A’s, the honor roll, and dean’s list.
The 2019 Legislative Session concluded May 4 with the budget now awaiting Governor Ron DeSantis’ approval. For the second time in three years, $2.5 million of Polk State College’s recurring operational budget supporting our Lake Wales Campus — more than 5 percent of the College’s total budge…
God placed us here on earth to love Him and others. When we follow God’s instructions life on earth can be a nice place to live.
Proactively saving the lives of our youth with positive programs should be a priority for Lawmakers serving the great state of Florida.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler epitomizes the irrational HATRED he, his leftist allies in Congress and the drive-by media have towards President Trump.
Being a leader in a K-12 public school system — no matter if you are an educator, dean, assistant principal, principal, district administrator or the superintendent — is challenging every single day.
With sincere gratitude, I would like to take this time to thank every citizen for their time, support and assistance in the 2018 Election Year.
Christmas Love Versus Hell
As many know, I have lived in Winter Haven my entire life. This beautiful City and all it has to offer is very important to me and my family, and it is with tremendous pride that I serve on the City Commission as your Mayor. Our special Winter Haven experiences create a unique sense of commu…
Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal Nature that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating.
We tried everything we could to find a peaceful resolution, but the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) seems intent on fighting a legal battle.
This election is critically important because we will frequently be choosing between candidates who endorse God-given rights or candidates who endorse godless immoral socialism. America was founded with a hand on the Bible and an understanding that life, liberty and a (moral) pursuit of happ…
The real battle for the Supreme Court is who gets to make the laws. Our
As I look back over my life, I can remember talking too much in an elementary school class. After being disciplined and accepting my punishment, I was given a second chance. One day, when I was in junior high school, I was late to class. I walked all the way from my place of living, Eaton Pa…
- Double drowning at Lake Eloise: Deputies and fisherman save one woman and 2 children, search continues for two men
- Restoration of The Sapphire Necklace begins as PepsiCo Beverages North America makes $2.1 million investment in the City of Winter Haven
- Lake Wales man indicted for first degree murder in fentanyl overdose death
- Florida is doing “better than ever” DeSantis says
- Winter Haven opens new corner downtown market
- Wii Bowling league takes off at local senior living community
- PCSO: "We will not leave this lake until both men are found"
- Update: One killed in Poinciana triple shooting, two injured
- NTSB: Cherokee sent radio transmission before mid-air collision, Cub did not
- Pamela Arndt, 66