Opinion

Bouqs & Bricks

Bouquets Clay County Fair:  For their swift action gathering volunteers and partners in a massive relief effort to help the folks in southwest Florida affected by Hurricane Ian. They’re filling trucks with emergency supplies and are making multiple deliveries to those in need. And you can still donate! Visit the Clay County Fair on Facebook for details. Wolfson Children’s Hospital:  For providing excellent healthcare for our area children—and beyond. And for always holding community-driven fundraisers benefiting their patients in need. Bravo! Brickbats Attack/Misleading Political Campaign Ads: Can somebody mandate that political ads be truthful? Of course, we know that is …

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Weird Wild Stuff: Queen Elizabeth II Edition

The year’s weirdest and wildest news story so far was actually not so weird and wild, after all. It speaks to the perpetual perdurability of Queen Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926-September 8, 2022) that a 96 year-old woman who’d just beaten covid in February could die in September, and the entire world was shocked, legit. Lucky for us, the queen did all the prep-work, well in advance, allowing her loved the world at large to just sit back, relax, and play their part in the spectacle of her exit, stage-managed to the finest details.  “London Bridge Is Falling Down” was …

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Abandoned and… Haunted?

  Being so close to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, as well as one of the most haunted, it would be foolish to think that the hauntings come to halt once one arrives in Jacksonville. With haunted restaurants, bars and hotels, the list of ghost sightings and paranormal activity is extensive in Northeast Florida. But just as extensive is the list of abandoned buildings and houses. Considering the spooky season among us, I began to wonder, were these places left to deteriorate due to their lack of usefulness or for more spine-chilling reasons? It’s fair to …

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What “independence” are we even celebrating?

Nothing says “America!” more than failures in gun control, a tanking economy, record high inflation, further marginalizing already marginalized groups and taking bodily autonomy away from the majority of the United States population? (Yes, according to the U.S. Census over 50% of Americans have vaginas. Sorry, Chad. Your dry spell isn’t due to a lack of opportunities, but more a lack of interest.) This Fourth of July, rather than celebrating whatever it is we are supposed to, let’s all gather and celebrate the fact that the United States is the first country to time travel! And all it took was …

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