Opinion

The firmament of stars

COMMENTARY


Unless you’re Daniel Boone or Jim Bridger or, say, Reinhold Messner, the great northern Italian climber who first ascended Everest alone, first climbed all 14 peaks in the world stretching 8,000 meters or higher without carrying extra oxygen, and first walked and skied across Antarctica and Greenland all by his lonesome or in the company of one other, you probably […]

Test them

COMMENTARY


In the long history of a republic growing into its own clothes — growing into its constitutional devotion to free speech and religious liberty, into its celebration of individual lives and equal rights for those of any race, sex, religion, ability or upbringing — we’ve never proposed basic standards for our leaders in this endeavor. Why not? We have standards […]

The write-in candidate

COMMENTARY


As New Year’s Day arrived this year, the population of the United States had jumped by almost 1.76 million in just 12 months, giving us — get ready for this number — 335,893,238 Americans, according to the United States Census Bureau. Which is embarrassing. If we’d tried a little harder, we could have pushed the final numbers up to a […]

The headlines

COMMENTARY


There’s a lot of unnecessary complaining nowadays about “the media,” about misrepresentations and non-creditable information, about the decline of American society as traditional reporting on local issues, local leaders, local events and local conditions disappears with disappearing community newspapers. But none of it need be true, even though traditional community newspapers printed in ink or delivered in digital formats, either […]

A new friend for the manatee

The Friends of Manatee Lagoon announce new Board member

Friends of Manatee Lagoon, the nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Florida manatees and their marine life habitats, announces entrepreneur and philanthropist Nika Ciarfella will serve on its board of directors. As the owner and managing member of Worldview Wireless, Ciarfella’s consulting services include all aspects of site development for wireless telecommunications carriers and tower companies. Ciarfella holds a Bachelor of […]

Those doggone oldies

COMMENTARY


One of the unfortunate aspects of climate change is the loss of countless little icebergs, the unhallowed chunks just big enough for a seal or two or a polar bear, or an ancient Inuit to stretch out on and float away into the great gray ether of sea and sky, never to be seen again. That was once the native […]

Good fathers and sons

COMMENTARY


According to the United States Census Bureau, 49.2% of nearly 23 million resident Floridians are men. Florida men. That means about 11,270,000 C-Yers — the chromosome Y crowd — have been tagged with the title, “Florida Man.” You probably know what that popularization means, but if not, let me share some past headlines. “Florida man gets tired of waiting at […]

Stakeholder capitalism making a comeback

GUEST COMMENTARY


Largely unnoticed, a debate is ongoing about the proper focus of corporate activity. Its outcome will profoundly impact our country and beyond. One side advocates shareholder capitalism — saying businesses should work exclusively to maximize profits, to benefit their shareholders. The other side, stakeholder capitalism, says businesses should work to benefit not only shareholders but also employees, customers, their community, […]

American animals

COMMENTARY


We have, or have had, ducks that sit on dogs. We’ve had chickens that play with ducks and cats. We’ve had cats that ride on horses, sleep with dogs and lie still while ducks and chickens peck and scratch in the dirt around them. We have goats that live with ducks, and another goat that thinks he’s a horse. If […]

Recent letters

COMMENTARY


Florida Weekly invites letters from readers, including criticism and praise. Here, we share recent correspondence. From Annie Palmaer, Jupiter: Dear Mr. Williams, Just came upon your thoughtful, Downto Earth column (“Making biscuits,” https:// fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/making biscuits/) after a doomsday, woe is the future, conversation with my friend. Indeed, you nailed it! It is the small, loving gestures and activities that will, […]


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