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Changing U.S.-Cuba Policy Likely To Loosen Iron Castro Grip

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Hailed as a “Christmas miracle” by some and disparaged as “appeasement” and “surrender” by others, this week’s rapprochement between the United States and Cuba is neither the end of the world, nor a world-changing breakthrough. It is simply a recognition that the world has changed in the 50-plus years since our Cold War-era policy has been in place. In more...

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Threatened Delay To SR 7 Project Ignores A Critical Need

By at December 12, 2014 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

One again, the critical transportation needs of the western communities have fallen victim to the delay tactics of the eastern establishment. Decades after State Road 7’s connection to Northlake Blvd. was promised, there has been yet another probable delay. The Florida Department of Transportation announced plans this week to move its funding down the road another more...

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Community Festivities Help Bring The Holiday Spirit To Life

By at December 5, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

With just three weeks to go until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing. This is the time of year when people come together to celebrate as a community. This often takes the form of decorated homes, joyful music and special street decorations, but nowhere is it more on display than during the many special holiday celebrations. These ever-popular gatherings get more...

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Black Friday? Make An Effort To Shop Local For The Holidays

By at November 28, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

The holiday shopping season has officially begun. With less than four weeks until Christmas, now is the time of year that the shopping malls, department stores and major retailers offer up the latest merchandise, along with a few great deals, to bring in shoppers flush with holiday spirit. While, thank goodness, there has been some pushback this year against those more...

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County’s Ruling Majority Is Using The Gavel To Stifle Dissent

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:02 am | 3 Comments

This week, a majority of the Palm Beach County Commission effectively censured one of its own for nothing more than holding unpopular points of view. Without giving specific reasons, Commissioner Paulette Burdick was passed over for her turn at the gavel — and the largely ceremonial title of “mayor” — in favor of Commissioner Shelley Vana. It was, of course, more...

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Help Make Thanksgiving Holiday Brighter For Families In Need

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

From its origins in Plymouth colony to its modern-day incarnation, Thanksgiving has always been a uniquely American celebration of family and community. It gives us perspective, reminding us of what’s really important. But it’s also a reminder that there are many people who don’t have it so good. And in this regard, it’s a holiday that brings out the best in more...

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Take Some Time To Honor America’s Veterans On Veterans Day

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

America will observe Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to honor the sacrifices made by those who have fought for our freedoms. It is a holiday that dates back nearly 100 years to the end of World War I. While Memorial Day honors those who died in combat, Veterans Day thanks those who served and returned home. It was President Woodrow Wilson, who first recognized Nov. 11 more...

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Send Mark Pafford Back To Tallahassee For Another Two Years

By at October 31, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It is crucially important for voters to have choices, and voters in State House District 86 have two interesting candidate choices at the polls next week. District 86 includes all of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves, along with several communities to the east. The Democratic candidate is three-term incumbent Mark Pafford, who is being challenged by more...

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Elect Michelle Santamaria To The District 6 Commission Seat

By at October 24, 2014 | 12:02 am | 15 Comments

The race for the District 6 seat on the Palm Beach County Commission features three candidates, all with unique attributes. The Democratic nominee is Melissa McKinlay, who has worked numerous governmental posts and is currently with Palm Beach County’s legislative affairs office. The Republican nominee is local businessman Andrew Schaller, who has made a name for more...

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On Nov. 4, Vote YES On Both Countywide Ballot Questions

By at October 17, 2014 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature two countywide questions before voters for approval. One asks voters whether or not to reauthorize the Children’s Services Council, while the other would continue the Palm Beach County School District’s .25-mill levy to fund fine arts and other special programs for another four years. Question 1: Children’s Services Council more...

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