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Listen to what former Trump loyalists say

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 9, 2023. I get it. It’s difficult to change your mind, admit you were wrong. But, in the face of evidence, it’s the sensible, mature thing to do. Here is a list of 24 former Trump loyalists, highly placed government and

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News

Liz Cheney reminds us of the stakes

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, December 7, 2023. No wonder MAGA Republicans hate Liz Cheney. No Republican is as articulate, persuasive and passionate as the former Wyoming congresswoman in describing the threat four-time-indicted former president Donald Trump and her own party as currently constituted pose to the future of American democracy and international security. Her new

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Housing

Some key steps to affordable housing

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 8, 2023. OUR POSITION: Local governments are doing what they can to boost the number of much-needed affordable housing units, but the challenge is immense. During a not-so-long-ago Sarasota County Commission gathering, commissioners went over the key pieces of action needed to fire up the

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Housing

Rising debt makes housing bigger priority

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 7, 2023. OUR POSITION: Inflation has pushed consumers’ credit to all-time highs and that budget crunch just makes affordable housing that much more urgent. Total household debt for Americans increased by $228 billion in the third quarter and totals $17.29 trillion, according to a report

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Issues

New Cooper Street Rec Center gets six-month temporary lease

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, The Daily Sun, Dec 6, 2023. New Cooper Street Recreation Center President Jaha Cummings, left, speaks to board attorney Ed Wotitzky after the Punta Gorda City Council voted on a six-month temporary lease with the NCSO board. The council didn’t allow Wotitzky to answer any board questions. Photo by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH PUNTA GORDA —

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Biden's Vision

What the numbers now tell us about Biden’s economy

The folllowing editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 6, 2023. You may have noticed in recent weeks that alarming headlines about inflation — specifically, those ubiquitous stories about the cost of gasoline, or eggs, or other household goods — have vanished. Media outlets no longer feature those fearsome charts with arrows zooming

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Opinion

Mad Poll Disease is making Democrats misread voter opinion

By Michael Podhorzer, the Guardian, December 1, 2023. Horserace polling can’t tell us anything new about who will win the electoral college – but the existence of an anti-Maga majority is clear Now that Thanksgiving has passed in America, and everyone’s Trumpy uncle is on his way back to his conservative state, we still have

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Law Enforcement

Should Florida air condition its prisons?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 1, 2023. OUR POSITION: The cost of providing air conditioning to Florida’s state prisons is staggering but the cost of human suffering may be worse. Some people take a hard line when it comes to inmates in Florida’s state prisons. They would argue that criminals

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Elections

The 2024 election cannot be about the price of gas

By Frank Bruni NY Times Contributing Opinion Writer To spend more than a little time toggling between news sites of different bents is to notice a fierce debate over the American economy right now. Which matters more — the easing of inflation or the persistence of prices that many people can’t afford or accept? Low unemployment

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Elections

Why would anyone vote for Donald Trump?

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 28, 2023.  Submit your own letter by clicking HERE. I have written on this subject before and will continue until the cult begins to open their eyes. I am completely void of reasons why anyone would still vote for Donald Trump

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Opinion

Donald Trump’s un-wonderful life

By Renée Graham, Boston Globe, November 29, 2023. In a Veterans Day speech, Donald Trump didn’t limit his comments to honoring those who, unlike his draft-dodging self, served this nation to protect its democracy. Instead he went full-on fascist as he vowed to “root out’’ those he assailed as “the radical left thugs that live

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Analysis

Florida’s voter suppression efforts are crucial to GOP edge in 2024

By  BARRINGTON SALMON,  Florida Phoenix, Nov 27, 2023. Photo by Hill Street Studios/Getty Images. In November 2018, 64.5 percent of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians weighed down by felony convictions but who had completed the terms of their sentences. However, that hard-earned victory by social justice activist

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Environment

Change in weather patterns need attention

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 27, 2023. OUR POSITION: No matter your politics, it’s difficult to deny our weather patterns are changing and it’s not a temporary problem. Floridians don’t really need scientists and research reports to tell us our weather is changing — and getting warmer. Seemingly endless summer

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Health Care

Unsheltered and mental health issues are often related

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 21, 2023. OUR POSITION: Our unsheltered population deals with a much-larger than normal amount of mental health issues and the problem needs to be addressed. The mental and behavioral health crises confronting our communities throughout Florida, as well as nationally, is no more pronounced than

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Candidate Profile

Dem state lawmakers support Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for US Senate

By MITCH PERRY , Florida Phoenix,  Nov. 20, 2023. A dozen sitting state lawmakers and one former state legislator announced Monday that they are the latest group of Florida Democrats to publicly declare their support for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for U.S. Senate in 2024. State Sens. Tracie Davis and Victor Torres are endorsing the former South Florida member

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Opinion

Books are not the enemy; book bans are

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 14, 2023.  On the same date, the Sarasota County Commission voted 4 to 1 to discontinue membership in the American Library Association and the Florida Library Association. Why are some people so scared of books? People are agitating to have books they object to

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