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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.

Why Lakeside By The Sea Residents See a Pair of Proposed Developments Turning Their Properties Into “Little Lakes”

| October 9, 2017

A developer plans to build 185 homes at the north and south ends of Lakeside By The Sea, the subdivision in the Matanzas Shores area at the northern end of Flagler County, on the barrier island.

Corporations Rejecting Racism Is a Low Bar When Many Still Profit Off It

| September 26, 2017

White supremacy can also wear a business suit on Wall Street. Of the top five Wall Street firms, the highest level decision makers are 86 percent white. That’s no coincidence.

The Brutality Behind Trump’s Arpaio Pardon

| August 30, 2017

The president called Joe Arpaio, a man who chronically violated people’s constitutional rights, a “patriot.” What does that make his victims?

Mitt Romney: “There May Commence An Unraveling of Our National Fabric”

| August 18, 2017

In forceful terms, the former GOP p[residential nominee calls on Donald Trump to apologize and denounce white supremacists and other racists without equivocation or equivalencies.

Patriotic Millionaire: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

| July 22, 2017

Republican leaders claim they want affordable access to quality health care for all. It can’t be done by lowering taxes on businesses and the rich and letting the market run it all.

There’s No Good Reason for Your Boss to Make 347 Times What You Do

| July 11, 2017

It’s business executives through outsized CEO pay — not movie stars, professional athletes, or heiresses — who grabbed the dollars that once flowed to the American worker.

Elections Supervisor’s Plea to Flagler Voters: Stay Registered Despite Commission’s Data Grab

| July 7, 2017

In an open letter to Flagler County’s registered voters, Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart says the federal commission’s data grab through the state should not diminish their trust in the system.

America First and Trump’s Word Wars

| June 26, 2017

While other countries try to work together to solve problems and continue to lead on global progress, we’ll get left behind chanting “America First,” argues Olivia Alperstein.

The Problem with Dividing
‘Good Muslims’ from ‘Bad Muslims’

| June 14, 2017

The “good Muslims” support those “war on terror” policies that result in the expansion of violence against mostly innocent people. The “bad ones” don’t — and are called terrorists.

50 Years Later, Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty Still Provokes Unsettling Conclusions

| June 11, 2017

On June 8, 1967, during the Arab-Israeli war, Israeli jets and gunships attacked the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean, killing 34 Americans. Israel called it an accident. Survivors doubt it to this day.

The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

| May 25, 2017

President Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage, remove some national monument protections to make way for mining corporations and other extractive industries to operate there.

School Board Veto Call to Scott: “Legislators Didn’t Follow Basic Tenets We Teach Students in 7th Grade Civics”

| May 18, 2017

The Flagler County School Board complete letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to veto an education bill that would “shortchange” Flagler County students. The bill was passed at the last minute with little discussion.

House Bill 7069 Will Change Education in Flagler For Generations, Not For the Better

| May 17, 2017

Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker explains his opposition to a massive education bill, focusing on the bill’s preferential treatment of charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.

Trump, You Bombed Syria Because You Care. Now Get Rid of the Muslim Ban in Any Form.

| April 23, 2017

Both versions of that order, now held up in the courts, would have indefinitely banned all migration from Syria — and suspended refugee resettlement from everywhere.

Trump Steps Up Bombing in Iraq, Civilians Die

| April 9, 2017

More U.S. coalition strikes are now causing civilian casualties than strikes by Russia, which was loudly and appropriately accused of war crimes for its bombing of Aleppo, Syria last year.

No, Attorney General Sessions, Pot Is Not “Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin

| March 22, 2017

Pot is a relatively mild and harmless drug compared to deadly, addictive heroin. Treating users like criminals is a threat to their safety — and so is perpetuating the lie that some drugs are no less harmful than others, writes Jill Richardson.

A Country Unbecoming In the Age of Trump

| March 14, 2017

Immigrants targeted for prosecution or removal could be the people who built your house, picked the fruit for your breakfast, and tidied up the hotel room where you last stayed.

Ron DeSantis’s First Principle: Do Harm

| March 10, 2017

Obamacare repealer Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose congressional district includes Flagler, has a solution for cancer patients without insurance: the emergency room. A few corrections are in order.

Remembering John Hankinson Jr., Towering Force in Environmental Protection in Flagler and Elsewhere

| March 5, 2017

John Hankinson Jr., a long-time resident of Summer Haven just north of Marineland, had been an EPA Regional administrator and had headed a post-Deepwater Horizon spill task force. He was a frequent performer in the local musical scene as Johnny Matanzas.

Don’t Fall For False Tone of Moderation in Trump’s Fact-Challenged Speech to Congress

| March 1, 2017

Some pundits and lawmakers applauded Trump for this “presidential” moment. Tone aside, however, the substance of the speech doesn’t diverge from Trump’s radical nationalist extremism, argues Peter Certo.

Legislating Free Speech on Florida’s College Campuses? Not So Fast.

| February 27, 2017

A Legislative committee pondered on proposed legislation called the Campus Free Speech Act. Stanley Kurtz, a conservative academic, told lawmakers the measure would defend the right for people to speak their minds at the state’s universities.

Travel Ban Sham By The Numbers: Trump Is Inventing Refugees’ Threat to National Security

| February 12, 2017

Contrary to President Trump’s factually misleading claims, a rational evaluation of his travel ban indicates its measures would have virtually no effect on improving U.S. national security.

Three Ways Forward on Enacting Florida Voters’ Medical Marijuana Mandate

| February 9, 2017

Former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, just back from a state conference on medical marijuana, argues how and why to move ahead with consumer- and patient-centered regulation.

Don’t Play Into Trump’s Hands on the Muslim Ban

| February 3, 2017

Dina El-Rifai, a Muslim woman, writes of being terrified, heartbroken, and outraged by Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.” But, she notes, The Obama administration’s wars were often justified through the demonization and dehumanization of Muslims.

Trump On Your Side? Repealing Obamacare Is a Tax Break For Rich at Poors’ Expense

| January 24, 2017

If Obama’s health law is reversed, taxes will go down for the rich and up for the poor, while millions lose coverage. It is redistribution for the wealthy.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Steven Nobile’s Multi-Generational Vision

| January 17, 2017

Inspired by the muti-generational households he knew in Brooklyn, N.Y., Councilman Steven Nobile sees a Palm Coast where young families raise children, have plenty of work opportunities, and retire all in place.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Nick Klufas Trains Vigilant Eyes on the City

| January 13, 2017

In his picture of Palm Coast for the next four years, City Councilman Nick Klufas lays out his goals for a city with better cell coverage and emergency communications, among other needs.

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