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13 percent voter turnout just isn’t good enough

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

We would like to congratulate both the challengers and incumbents who won outright by securing more than 50 percent of the vote at the primary on Tuesday. To those who are going to a run-off election Nov.4, we wish them the best of luck. But voter turnout for the primary was a disappointment. Of the 164,241 registered voters in Osceola County, only 21,378 went to the polls. That’s just 13

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  • Letters to the editor for August 30, 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Show fairness with cartoons To the Editor: How about a little fairness in your lopsided cartoon criticisms of our federal government, particularly President Obama. I understand that elected officials are subject to criticism and I welcome humor as an avenue for making a political point, but your relentless attacks on Democratic officials and their policies is pathetic and should be quite embarrassing if you try and claim your newspaper to

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  • Iraq and endless war

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media Our kills are clean and secular; theirs are messy and religious. “In their effort to create a caliphate across parts of Iraq and Syria,” CNN tells us, “ISIS fighters have slaughtered civilians as they take over cities in both countries. “In Syria, the group put some of its victims’ severed heads on poles.” Stomach-churning as this is, the context in which it is reported – as

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  • I’ll admit it, I’m a re-watcher

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Mary Schmich Tribune Media I have a more embarrassing admission. I prefer to re-watch. Re-watching TV shows may seem downright irresponsible here in television’s new golden age, when there are so many good shows, so easily available, that even a hard-core binger can’t get through them all. The hard-core binger is a familiar type by now. She’s the person who has already sprinted through the second season of “Orange Is

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  • Osceola County lands economic ‘game changer’

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Frank Attkisson County Commission Osceola County will soon be the home of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center. UCF President John Hitt said it well last month, “it will be an economic game changer.”  Though the county has made the pursuit of diverse manufacturing jobs a priority, many companies have been hesitant to relocate to Osceola because of our lack of high-tech infrastructure. This facility will provide needed infrastructure for

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  • Letters to the editor for August 23, 2014

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Poinciana deserves better To the Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the APV Board voted to proceed with their community center expansion immediately and decide on their recreational pool plans at the next board meeting in September. This was done in spite of objections from the vice president of the board, many Poinciana community leaders and a partnership proposal offered by Osceola County that would have provided more community amenities.  An

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  • Stream dumping: Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Rick Baird Community Resources There are more than 1,900 miles of enclosed and open roadside storm water drainage ditch­es/swales and approximately 70 miles of storm water outfall discharge canals, and these are just the ones maintained by Osceola County. There also is Boggy Creek, Shingle Creek, Reedy Creek and their natural tributaries that carry rainwater to our beautiful lakes. When it rains every afternoon, it is very important for the

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