‘It is finished!’

Reflections from the Pulpit By Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church Flash back for a moment to the scene at Calvary. There on Golgotha’s hill, Jesus is raised high on a cross — hanging between two worlds. And after six hours on this Roman torture device, Jesus raises himself up, pushing up with His feet, gasping for […]

Shameful attacks must end

Guest Commentary By Janet Taylor,Chairwoman, Glades Lives Matter Anti-farming advocates like Broward County’s Patrick Ferguson and radical elements within the Sierra Club are back at it — denigrating the Glades communities, stoking fear among our most vulnerable residents and insulting the intelligence of our people. This time they are resorting to using the COVID-19 virus […]

Anti-farmer agenda disrupts meals program

By Melissa McKinlayPalm Beach County CommissoinerSteven B. WilsonMayor, City of Belle GladeJoe Kyles Sr.Mayor, City of South BayKeith Babb Jr.Mayor, City of Pahokee PALM BEACH COUNTY — In times of crisis, Palm Beach County residents come together to support those in need. From the beginning, the global COVID-19 pandemic was no exception. In March, when […]

In defense of liberty …

GUEST COMMENTARY By Mark FlattenGoldwater Institute In normal times, most people wouldn’t give much thought to a group of protesters waving signs on the lawn of the state capitol. They would not hesitate to have a group of friends over to their homes, to travel, or to attend religious services. These are taken as things […]

Lake Okeechobee: How low will it go?

OKEECHOBEE — How low will Lake Okeechobee go this year? On Saturday, May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the benefit of the estuary. Lake Okeechobee is […]

Letter to the Editor: First Bank thanks Trump

CLEWISTON — It is with immense gratitude that First Bank says thank you to our president @realDonaldTrump for remembering the hard-working American people across the country. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to survive devastating job losses, the White House and Congress approved the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program. Under this program, the […]

Letter to the Editor: COVID isn’t being handled correctly

My personal and professional opinion is that COVID-19 is being handled wrong. I am a former volunteer EMT and firefighter and currently an occupational therapist for over 20 years. I have practical, hands-on experience dealing with acutely sick people. I have worked in developmental, educational and medical models and I espouse a holistic model of […]

Migrant camp memories

Dear friends in Belle Glade, South Bay and Moore Haven:My name is Galen Hahn. I am a retired minister of the United Church of Christ. In the 1960s, I served as a chaplain in migrant camps in Frederick and Thurmont, Md. I have written a small book about that ministry and would like to get […]

Hey, we farmers are working here!

Guest CommentaryBy Amy Ridgdill MOORE HAVEN — I get it, the people running the Sierra Club and Everglades Trust don’t like farmers. Attacking farming families like mine are who they are and what they do. Using half-truths and scare tactics to try and shame hard-working people is straight out of their playbook. Everybody gets it. […]

Rural community leaders: ‘We’re all in this together’

In the midst of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to overlook the Glades. Fortunately, the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay are blessed to have agriculture as their primary industry, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls part of “our nation’s critical infrastructure.” The jobs and benefits provided by sugar and […]