Glades 1-cent tax not exactly new; it replaces discretionary surtax

Guest Commentary By Donna Storter LongSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN — This is Public Service Announcement: The Glades County Board of Commissioners is NOT ADDING A NEW TAX! Here is the history of the Glades County 1-cent sales tax change: The current 1-cent discretionary sales surtax was adopted by Glades County Ordinance […]

Pahokee commissioners must fire manager

Guest CommentaryBy Bobby Colvin Dear Pahokee Mayor Keith Babb Jr.: Though there are many issues on which I would like to comment, due to limited time, I will concentrate my attention to the legal and criminal issues involving our city manager. I was extremely disappointed in the last meeting that the commission did not see […]

City of Pahokee needs a change

Guest Commentary By David Ruiz I listened in to the special meeting of the Pahokee City Commission on June 30 regarding the OIG’s “Investigative Report 2019-0005; City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing Card Expenditures.” I was hoping that a majority if not all around the dais would support and vote to terminate the city manager with […]

The death of common sense

Editor’s note: Su George of Okeechobee shared this “obituary.” An Obituary printed in the London Times …Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic […]

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

Guest Commentary By John C. Capece, Ph.D., Kissimmee Waterkeeper 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 […]

COVID-19 gives unexpected boost to ‘Demand American Grown’ campaign

Guest Commentary By Teresa Schiffer It is not yet possible to determine the full impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world’s economies, industries and social structures, but it is already clear that the global health crisis has had a major impact on almost every segment of society throughout the world. This is particularly […]

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 […]

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, […]