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Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

White Supremacist Teacher Dayanna Volitich Mustn’t Be Returned to the Classroom

| March 14, 2018

Try to imagine you’re a non-white student in Volitich’s social studies class. What do you do with this new information about your teacher’s “white superiority”?

Democrats, ‘Party of Intellectuals,’ Have a Second-Amendment Blind Spot

| February 28, 2018

Americans possesses an unalienable and inherent right of self-defense, a lawfully armed citizenry is a free citizenry, and no government has merited the total trust of its people.

Thoughts and Prayers, As Pointless as Outrage

| February 16, 2018

The ultimate, most pointless outrage is at lawmakers and gun freaks, one and the same, who stand in pools of blood as they tell us our gun epidemic has nothing to do with it.

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

| February 13, 2018

A secretary gets an extra $1.50 a week from the GOP tax bill. The Koch brothers get an extra $27 million (minus a $500,000 thank-you note that went to Paul Ryan’s re-election committee).

Military Inferiority Complex:
Dear Leader Wants A Parade

| February 9, 2018

The military doesn’t need parades. It needs to come home. Worshipping it in time of endlessly losing wars only locks and loads more cannon fodder.

Campus ‘Free Speech’ Bill Is A Litigation Nightmare in the Making

| February 8, 2018

The inappropriately named “Campus Free Expression Act,” approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.

Urging Opposition, Flagler Beach’s Jane Mealy Says Vacation-Rental Proposals Could Change City’s Look

| February 7, 2018

In an open plea to residents circulated by letter, Flagler Beach Commission Chair Jane Mealy warns of vacation-rental proposals that could change the make-up of the city, eliminating distinctions between residential and commercial zones.

What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

| February 6, 2018

Trump’s offering a fig leaf of legal status for a relatively small slice of the undocumented population in return for a drastic cut of all immigration to the U.S.

To Keep America Great, Legalize All Undocumented Immigrants

| January 28, 2018

We have a choice: Keep our economy vibrant and enviable or demolish it by expelling and demonizing undocumented immigrants, as short-sighted nations have done in the false name of “purity” over the years.

Address Florida’s Deadly Rail Crossings Now, During 2018 Session

| January 23, 2018

Between 2011 and 2017, there were a total of 105 deaths on more than 350 miles of Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which also run through Bunnell. A rail safety bill needs legislative support.

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

| January 22, 2018

This country has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.

Why Is Judge Craig Looking to Crucify Maria Howell?

| January 18, 2018

Twice prosecutors and the defense agreed to a deal in the molestation case involving Maria Howell. Twice Judge Craig rejected the deal. The case is now headed for trial.

Reporting on Public Figures’ Extra-Curricular Sex

| January 13, 2018

Married or not, public figures’ affairs are nobody’s business as long as the acts are legal, consensual, off the clock and virally contained. But there are exceptions.

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State: Full Text

| January 9, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address, his last, as prepared for delivery today at the Florida Capitol, before a joint session of the House and Senate.

Thank You for Record 7.6 Million Visits to FlaglerLive in 2017: A Review of a Disordered Year

| January 1, 2018

FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam reviews a year of record murders, record fatalities, disappointments in Palm Coast, but a sheriff’s great year, and new readership records for the site.

Not To Worry, Estate Planners: Help For Struggling Millionaires Is On The Way

| December 28, 2017

The estate tax was just slashed to exempt millionaire families up to $22 million, a doubling of the previous exemption, which had covered 99.8 percent of taxpayers.

As Seas Rise Over South Florida: When’s the Last Time I’ll Go Home for Christmas?

| December 23, 2017

By the author’s count, she’ll get 13 more holidays before the sea threatens to swallow her family’s home in South Florida, where the risk of a storm surge within four feet of high tide lines has doubled.

3 Reasons The Trump Tax Plan Is a Disgrace

| December 17, 2017

Robert Reich’s three-step guide on the rubbish of the Trump-Republican tax plan for when you confront your Republican Uncle Bob during the holidays.

Alabama Saves The Day. But Not Much Else.

| December 13, 2017

If what it takes for Democrats to win is a Republican pedophiliac predator and compulsive lawbreaker, their victory in Alabama Tuesday helps the GOP more than it does Democrats.

“We Don’t Serve Gays”

| December 9, 2017

Invoking Christian belief to deny service to a gay couple is not a First Amendment right, nor is it a matter of artistic expression. It’s good old discrimination under a new mask.

Notes From Underground

| December 4, 2017

In Afghanistan, there may be up to 1,000 children in prison with a parent–not because they committed a crime, but because Afghan law permits their imprisonment with a criminal parent until the children turn 18.

Scott’s Arab-Baiting Over Jerusalem

| December 3, 2017

Continuing to prepare for his Senate run, Gov. Rick Scott’s Jerusalem ploy is demeaning Palestinians in the occupied lands to appeal to Jews in South Florida. He learned the trick at Trump’s knee.

The Trump Tax Scam

| November 30, 2017

The deeper costs of the $1.5 trillion tax plan are so large and so obvious that the failure of Republican leaders to disclose them is, for all practical purposes, a lie.

Florida’s Cold Shoulder to Trump

| November 26, 2017

The first holiday weekend Donald Trump brought his presidency home to Mar-A-Lago was a true come-to-Jesus lesson in business loss and lifestyle chaos for locals.

Fantasyland and the Liberal Delusion

| October 29, 2017

Liberals’s hopes that the likes of Jeff Flake or Bob Corker in any way speak for today’s vanilla-white GOP is a refusal to concede that the Age of Trump is here to stay.

A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

| October 25, 2017

If you were surprised to learn the U.S. has nearly a thousand troops in Niger, you’re not alone. But we’ve deployed troops to literally most of the planet, and our leading lawmakers don;t know it.

Washington, Jefferson, Madison: There’s No Defending Founders Who Practiced Slavery

| October 23, 2017

It is still common, if not a norm, to hear founders’ ownership of slaves excused as part of the prevailing practices of their times rather than a contradiction with founders’ ideals.

Short-Term Rentals in Flagler County: The View From Home Owners’ Associations

| October 22, 2017

Paul C. Pershes, president of the 1,100-home Ocean Hammock Property Owners Association, addresses members of a key senate committee that will be hearing proposed regulations of short-term rentals.

In Kristen Hadeed’s “Permission To Screw Up,” A Cheerful, Nimble Corrective To Millennial Stereotypes

| October 22, 2017

FPC Graduate Kristen Hadeed’s first book traces the stumbles of her 10-year journey as CEO of Student Maid, a cleaning company in Gainesville, with wit and counter-intuitive insights: a review.



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