Category - Commentary

Playing Tag

By Charles Morgan III   There are many issues facing the United States today. Russia, North Korea, Iran, nuclear proliferation, opiate addiction, Isis, same-sex marriages, marijuana laws, and confusing bathroom issues are all subjects I am prepared to solve.   The issue that is currently...

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Dangerous Breeds

By Kimberly White   “He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Unknown     I’ve been thinking a lot lately about...

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The Beach Masters Are Coming!

By Wynn Parks   The Beach Masters are coming. They call themselves A Better Walton County, and they want to make Walton County a whole lot better. They want to incorporate the south part of the county and “develop” it.   Sounds wonderful, but did anybody ever notice how corporate people...

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What Was Missing

By Chris Leavenworth   Ever since I was a kid, I’ve heard it said by countless adults that by lacking a certain faith or belief in a higher power, a person can live his or her whole life with something fundamentally missing. In my particular environment, it was brought to my attention in the...

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Necessary Conversations

By Chris Leavenworth   The extreme division of ideas in the U.S. is a real threat that looms over everything everyone values. I understand why over half the country is outraged right now. I’ve witnessed—and been on the receiving end of—callous responses from others who are frustrated with this...

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Congressman Matt Gaetz and the EPA

By Chris Leavenworth   I’m not sure what Congressman Matt Gaetz is thinking or if he truly believes humans have no impact on global warming—a new excuse proposed by deniers who can no longer handle the overwhelming amount of evidence on climate change, and yet is still rejected by over 90...

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Dealing with Change

By Nikki Hedrick   Change is one of the few constants.   Local is a funny term around Beachcomberland, one that is envied and picked apart. Sure, you’ve lived here for 10 years, maybe 15, but sometimes that doesn’t seem enough to give an understanding of just how much this area has changed...

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An Eastern European in Destin

By Iryna Strilchuk   “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt     American immigration started as soon as this land was open for the world. People have been coming here from all over...

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Fear and Loathing in South Walton

By Dave Rauschkolb   Like in any very special place, there are going to be passionate, opposing forces at work to control what happens to it. I’ve lived in Northwest Florida since 1972 and have seen Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City and now South Walton go through this painful and sometimes...

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