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'Sick' Idea: Septic Tanks Used to Control Growth

November 16, 2015 - 2:30pm

When Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard voted two years ago not to fund a DNA study of the pollutants in the St. Lucie River by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Brian Lapointe, we were somewhat surprised at her dissent … but our most environmentally concerned citizens trusted her.

Is It OK to Be Black in Orlando?

November 2, 2015 - 5:15pm

We have a teachable moment here, folks.  Let’s hope everyone is ready to learn.

A Case of Property Rights: Easements and Utilities

November 2, 2015 - 3:00pm


Recently, there has been discussion of legislation filed during Florida’s 2015 General Session that, at its core, protects property rights, particularly the rights that accompany easement arrangements. Property rights issues like this one can often seem complicated, but protecting them should be a top priority for Floridians.

Self-Referrals to Physician-Owned Hospitals Would Hurt Our Communities

October 21, 2015 - 11:15am

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce encompasses all 67 counties in Florida, more than 40 local chambers of commerce and thousands of direct members and member companies. We work to improve the quality of life for every Hispanic and Hispanic business in Florida. One issue of critical importance to our members is affordable health care that puts patients first. For this reason, we would like to express concerns regarding legislation that would hurt our community by creating an unfair advantage for physician-owned hospitals (POH).

Senate Democrats, DC Dysfunction Stand In Way Of Reforming VA, Holding Bureaucrats Accountable

October 21, 2015 - 9:00am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to make the case for major reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Rubio showcased his “VA Accountability Act” which would give the VA secretary more power to fire underperforming and incompetent employees. The bill has been blocked by Senate Democrats. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, is backing a similar bill in the House. 

Florida Must Create Just and Effective Mental Health Services

October 20, 2015 - 11:00am

It is no secret that Florida’s mental health system is chronically and significantly underfunded. Throughout the past decade, Florida has maintained one of the lowest per-capita mental health expenditures in the nation. 

Slavery Is Over, But How Long Will Some Black People Continue to Be For Sale?

October 19, 2015 - 12:30pm

The question you see in the headline is the one I keep asking myself every election cycle, when I see what Patrick Murphy and others like him, do. When I say others like him, I mean those who know nothing about the black community, don’t care to know anything about the black community, and feel the way to secure the votes of the black community is by buying them.

The Death Spiral of Volkswagen?

October 15, 2015 - 12:15pm

The brazen criminal acts of Volkswagen call for a swift and decisive response: criminal prosecution of those responsible by the United States Department of Justice. As a former regulator and one who has toiled in the private sector in both industrial and service businesses, I am shocked by the deliberate fraud of installing a “defeat device” to deceive consumers and governments alike about the emissions and performance of Volkswagen automobiles.

Returning to Regular Order: GOP Priority

October 15, 2015 - 9:30am

During the past few weeks and recent days,‭ ‬the House Republican Conference has experienced a ripple of change in our congressional leadership,‭ ‬causing us to refocus the future of our party.‭ ‬In assessing a resolution to this situation,‭ ‬the answer is not merely to rearrange‭ ‬the faces of our leadership and expect that our problems will be solved.‭ ‬In fact,‭ ‬the answer is quite the contrary.‭ ‬Because there is a clamor across our nation for strong,‭ ‬conservative leadership,‭ ‬we need a fresh start,‭ ‬not just fresh faces.‭ 

Marijuana Tourism: Its Major Challenge and Promising Future

October 8, 2015 - 10:30am

The marijuana tourism industry is a burgeoning one with great potential because of its recent legalization. As the negative stigmas associated with marijuana use fade away, just about every tourist visiting Colorado and the other legalized states now curiously enters recreational marijuana storefronts to see what might catch his or her fancy. People who haven’t used marijuana in years or sometimes never before are now putting their inhibitions aside to try cannabis. Because of the overwhelming array of edibles, tinctures, topicals, and even transdermal patches available. people don’t even have to smoke to partake in the festivities. However, with marijuana moving into more industrialized facilities for massive-scale production, it is important that consumers seek out organically grown, pesticide-free marijuana that is cultivated with the end user in mind.

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