Guest Commentary: July 4th — America’s Hope

By Dr. Glenn Mollette Americans hope they will never be bullied by a police officer. A man or woman with a badge and a gun can be an intimidating figure. If a cop pulls you over and bullies you, what can you do? Americans are at the mercy of bad cops. Who hasn’t been afraid […]

A watered-down bill will not fix our water quality issues

Guest Commentary Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Gov. Ron 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. This bill has been praised by […]

Guest Commentary: Please mind your manners

OKEECHOBEE — When we were young, our parents taught us to mind our manners. We were taught to say “please” and “thank you.” You didn’t take the last of any food item on the table unless you were sure no one else wanted it first. You always cleaned your plate. You pretended you liked what […]

A letter to the editor: Independence Day

If those who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were alive today, they would not recognize the country they knew as America! This was supposed to be “the United States of America,” and we are anything but united! It has been 244 years since the signing and what we so proudly hailed […]

Your right to refuse to wear a mask ends where others’ 6 feet of space begins

Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom? Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others have refrained from passing an ordinance or executive action but encouraged residents to voluntarily wear masks. The reason to wear cloth face coverings is to […]

Savings Clause safeguards water supply for all of South Florida

Guest Commentary By Julio FuentesSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News South Floridians need to pay attention to the fight going on right now in Congress that could have a dangerous effect on our drinking water supply. There’s a misguided proposal to change the federal law that for 20 years has safeguarded South Florida’s water supply, […]

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Mark MayersLMFT, CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch In our modern world the idea of submission is not a popular concept. In most cases concepts like assertiveness, confidence and self-esteem completely overshadow the idea of submission. In God’s holy word, however, we are absolutely instructed to submit. 1 Peter 2:13-17 says 13 Submit yourselves […]

“Juneteenth” – a poem by Damion Smith

My name is Damion Smith. I’m writing this email in hopes of getting your attention about putting my poetry in the paper. I recently read the article that was done about the Juneteenth celebration. My participation in the walk served as a further catalyst of inspiration alongside an intrinsic need to put my work out […]

Letter to the Editor: Fire the city manager

On June 24, the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General made public a 50-page report titled “Investigative Report 2019-0005; City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing Card Expenditures.” This report laid out the findings that Pahokee’s manager made inappropriate purchases with a city credit card in the amount of $5,840.92 between June 2015 and May 2019, […]

Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: Balancing project purposes

Franklin Lock and Dam

By Col. Andrew KellyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE — One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control, water supply, navigation, recreation, and preservation of fish […]