Security expert: Think ahead to reduce risks

While there’s no way to be entirely safe from potential natural disasters, criminal acts and terrorist threats — there are ways to reduce potential risks. And, there are ways to get help in responding to incidents that have occurred. Those were the twin messages delivered by a security advisor from the Department of Homeland Security to members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, … [Read more...]

As Florida goes, so goes the nation…again!

This was an election like no other. Once again, the Sunshine State was at the epicenter of it all. For months on end, Florida was the center of attention in the national and international media, with its 29 Electoral College votes up for grabs — the largest number of any swing state. The candidates visited here over and over. During the last 100 days of the campaign, Trump visited … [Read more...]

Florida at the DNC: Witness to History

Last week, the Democrats held their 2016 national convention in Philadelphia — the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection — and formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Tim Kaine for vice president. The Democratic National Convention followed the Republican National Convention, held the week before in Cleveland. Traditionally, the party that occupies the White House … [Read more...]

Denham Oaks is celebrating 20 years

The year was 1995. Bill Clinton was in the White House. Forrest Gump won Best Picture. The San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl. And, Denham Oaks Elementary School opened in Lutz. The school, which will celebrate its 20th birthday on Oct. 30, has been the home of thousands of school children over the years — and has had six staff members since the beginning. They stayed because … [Read more...]

Carville’s remarks at Saint Leo are provocative, snappy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, according to political strategist James Carville. Her chances of winning are “no worse than 50-50,” said Carville who was keynote speaker on the opening day of the sixth annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. This year’s conference theme was “Best Practices … [Read more...]

Florida first state to demand a single-subject Constitutional convention

The first step in many to call the nation’s first Constitutional convention in nearly 230 years is on its way to Washington D.C., after a proposal from state Sen. Wilton Simpson earned approval from both the Florida House and Florida Senate. S.M. 368 calls for an Article V Convention — named for the section of the U.S. Constitution that allows states to start the amendment proposal process. … [Read more...]