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How campaigns are deceiving you this election

Be a vigilant voter

About those pesky mailers and emails: In some cases they're being careless with some facts, or intentionally ignoring them.

Martin Luther King meets a steepening mountain

The economy versus the American dream.

Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. asked to wake up to a dream of an equal America. But he wasn’t asking for it merely on racial terms.

Staff opinion: The state should do more for victims

The state should allocate more funds for rape crisis centers.

Sexual attacks often change victims’ entire lives.

Staff opinion: Buffeting a move for fairer taxes

The richest will do anything they can to avoid contributing to the necessary good.

Buffeting a move for fairer taxes

Staff opinion: Musical chairs in the workforce

The simple theory: If you cut taxes on businesses, they’ll use that money to hire employees. But to do what?

Gov. Rick Scott is making the rounds in Florida touting a new job board regulation bill and a new budget he hopes will create jobs (see letters below), but he doesn’t mention the part where jobs are already guaranteed to be lost before his plans even start.

Strip-searching the Fourth Amendment

Someone could conceivably be strip searched after feeding the homeless or for violating a leash law.

Strip-searching the Fourth Amendment

Staff opinion: Being forced to buy insurance isn’t new

People are forced to pay for things they don’t want to pay for all the time — it’s a fact of life.

Insurance debates

Staff opinion: Justice for Trayvon Martin

If George Zimmerman walks away free, we’ll have the perfect blueprint for blaming the dead.

Moments before George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a police dispatcher told him to stand his ground, but he said it in a different way.

Staff opinion: At war with our own future

When we sacrifice our future to fight a war with an uncertain conclusion, we imperil our way of life.

Country is at war with its own future

Staff opinion: Hacking and crimes of enlightenment

If keeping the government open and its doings accessible to the people is journalism, then Julian Assange is a journalist.

Hacking and crimes of enlightenment

Reassess school emergency protocol

Parents need to take an active role in our children’s safety at school.

Reassess school emergency protocol

Staff opinion: Starvation and the blame game

We need more focus on educating students and rewarding good teachers.

These bills would in effect allow parents and teachers, formerly allied in PTA programs, to tattle on each other to higher authorities rather than to communicate openly.

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Staff opinion: Street dining won’t have any effect

Would rampaging drunkards stumble through Hannibal Square if we suddenly legalized European-café-style on-street dining?

On-street dining

Staff opinion: Love doesn’t stink for merchants

Consider plunking some of that dough into the local economy for Valentine's Day.

It’s important to remember that money can’t buy happiness and that love doesn’t cost a thing, but after so many years of economic doom and gloom, a sign of light is lovely.

Staff opinion: Elections aren’t a social death sentence

Local politics tends to alienate the people who had the courage to try to help lead us, and it shouldn’t.

We frequently find that our former public officials, and even those candidates who narrowly missed a seat on the dais, are disappearing from public view, sometimes forever.

Staff opinion: Incentives would benefit businesses

Incentives would benefit businesses

Absent strict specifics, that could leave the door wide open for conflicts of interest between elected officials and their friends.

Our Observation

Will residents care more about what the mayor does, or how he or she does it?

Keep your ears open at mayor forums

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Did Winter Park live up to its New Year’s resolutions in 2011?

City batted .750 on 2011 resolutions

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Getting together with family and friends is very important during the holidays, but it’s also important to connect with the community.

Community connect

Scott gives a gift fit for a Scrooge

Under Gov. Scott's proposal, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldn’t live to read it.

Under Gov. Scott's proposal, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldn’t live to read it.

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As a land founded on the rule of law, America frequently finds itself debating how and when those laws can be justly applied.

The camping ban and other forgotten laws

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Without real elections we run the risk of elected officials representing themselves.

Challenging incumbency staves off autocracy

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So this Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you still have: Life’s a good starting point, but let’s not forget liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Life versus liberty

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Shop local and your neighbor, your community — and, over time, your pocketbook — will thank you.

Support small businesses all year-round

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We count on soldiers to protect us … but they can never be certain that we will return the favor.

Shouldering the burden of memory

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Just as wealthy banks were deciding that we should pay more, American consumers said it’s time for some payback.

Backing down the banks

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Because the announcement of total troop withdrawal came out of Obama’s mouth, his political detractors immediately called the decision a “failure."

Peace isn’t a fighting word

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An essential piece of the healthy community puzzle is safe pets.

Safe pets, safe community

Occupying shaky ground

This weekend, the Occupy Orlando protest will see if it can make populist outrage popular with the masses.

This weekend, the Occupy Orlando protest will see if it can make populist outrage popular with the masses.

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The Alfond Inn should strive for a four-star rating to avoid killing off its competition.

Shooting for four stars

Fall into a new routine

The start of the fall season is the perfect time to mix up a dusty exercise routine.

The start of the fall season is the perfect time to mix up a dusty exercise routine.

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Ravaudage is a dream come true for both cities if done right, and a nightmare if done wrong.

Dragging feet on a tightrope

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Sport and sacrifice

Honoring a 9/11 hero

Sport became like Welles Crowther, bigger than dog-eat-dog competition, bigger than himself.

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It’d be wonderful if we could experience that solidarity sans the traumatic experience.

Unity for unity’s sake

Should drivers be able to flash their headlights?

A lot of discomfort can be avoided by fellow drivers flashing their lights to warn you of the speed trap ahead.

Flash on, drivers

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Scott has called for numerous changes to higher education that could have drastic effects on the current model of how the system works.

A Texas-sized mistake

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It’s important to make sure education always remains the entire family’s priority.

It’s important to make sure education always remains the entire family’s priority.

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The bottom line will be tougher times ahead for average Americans, thanks to a political game that bet Americans’ quality of life and lost.

Dreaming of a red Christmas

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The richest 1 percent of Americans looked the other way while more Americans marched toward unemployment.

The War, the Depression and the economic redline

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Watchful eyes

Take caution and treat every intersection like you’re on camera.

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Anonymity has no place in the type of politics for which the anonymous ironically cheer.

A culture of political anonymity

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Keep looking toward the stars, America

Tens of billions of dollars have been burned in propellant to hurtle millions of pounds of weight into space. But do Americans think it’s worth it?

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Rick Scott may have realized a few months ago that he couldn’t kill SunRail

Rick Scott may have realized a few months ago that he couldn’t kill SunRail

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Only a small percentage of the population relies on public transportation to get around

Our vehicles provide us with a certain security that we will never be left in the rain or without air conditioning

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It’s not fair for Maitland to spend the money of its 16,000 citizens to benefit just a few folks

A raise would up the chances of a police officer being able to buy a Maitland home

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Historically, it takes a devastating weather event to wake up the public and get people to care about being prepared

It’s the same every year: the prediction for an “above-normal hurricane season.” And then nothing notable happens.

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Gov. Rick Scott wants to put the profit motive back into education

When the profit motive doesn’t work

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When we tune in to salivate over Casey Anthony’s downfall, we’re tuning in to see the worst in ourselves

Will plays ever again eclipse the popularity of reality television?

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What many people don’t realize is that an established arts center is sitting right under our noses

Instead of supporting the arts venues we already have, the community has fought tooth-and-nail to create this new Performing Arts Center

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It seems like everyone is getting in on the business incentives game these days and Gov. Rick Scott is leading the charge

Eliminating the corporate income tax shifts the tax burden onto the residents, 10 percent of whom don’t have jobs, and further reduces services

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