On guns, where do we go from here?

Like you, I watched in shock as news unfolded of the mass shooting in El Paso — the 250th so far this year. Like you, I reacted in disgust as we learned the shooter was a white supremacist whose racist manifesto informed a 10-hour drive to murder Latino people. Like you, I awoke in horror […]

Letter to the Editor – Old fire truck

Letter to the Editor I am the caretaker, for about 50 years, for the City of Venice’s first fire truck, a 1926 American LaFrance pumper affectionately named “Old Betsy.” The truck was originally purchased by Moore Haven and it was delivered there in September 1926. A couple of weeks later, the 1926 hurricane came and […]

Climate-smart farming should be encouraged

Guest CommentaryBy Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland and Jack Payne Special to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE — It’s the people who feed, clothe and shelter you speaking. We need to talk. We’ve been busy producing food and fiber as well as the science to limit farming’s footprint. Now we’re talking about farming’s role in […]

A letter from a Floridian in the African jungle

From Talkin’ Monkeys to studying them up close BUSINGIRO, Uganda — I didn’t always want to study primates. In fact, back when I was in elementary school I aspired to be a marine biologist. During high school my focus shifted toward tropical ecology, and when I first started university I wished to become a herpetologist. […]

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to those who love Okeechobee

As an avid fisherman and waterman, I’ve seen the changes that impacted the waterways in Stuart, and thus feel compelled to reach out to anyone who loves the “Big Lake.” The lake is sick. From tainted water flowing in, to chemical aquatic weed control, legacy muck and cyanobacteria blooms, there’s a vicious cycle taking place […]

Letters to the Editor: Election 2020 and Praise in the Park

Election 2020As of June 1, I embark upon my 30th month of being the sheriff of Okeechobee County. This has been by far the most rewarding professional achievement in my life. I am honored, humbled and blessed every day that the citizens of Okeechobee County had the faith and confidence to choose me to lead […]

Mary Ann Martin reflects on Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON — As our group boarded Koby Kreiger’s bass boat Monday morning, March 11, for an outing to see Lake Okeechobee conditions firsthand, Mary Ann Martin took a moment to marvel at how far their Roland Martin Marina & Resort had come since the early 1980s. She said that when she first moved here, she […]

Letter to the Editor: New session, same old tricks

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks — or, so they say. Conversely, I was taught — and teach my children — you’re never too old to learn. This rule applies to dogs, cats and people — even Florida lawmakers. Nevertheless, some Tallahassee politicians refuse to learn. Florida’s legislature is about to begin a […]

Letter to the Editor: Colonel Kelly no-show in Clewiston disappointing

Earlier this week, I was proud to have been among the dozens of residents from the Glades communities who traveled to Stuart to have our voices heard as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ public input process for the next Lake Okeechobee lake level plan. I was disappointed to see that Colonel Andrew […]

Put Florida families first and end the shutdown

TALLAHASSEE — As Americans, we have some basic, reasonable expectations. Among them: our food should be safe to eat, our businesses should be able to operate, our workers should be paid for their labor, and our government should function effectively. That shouldn’t be asking too much. Yet as the federal government shutdown extends past the […]