Letters & Opinion

Radiation: A month in the life

A reporter’s experience with radiation treatment By Diane Emeott-Korzen | New Pelican Writer “Take a breath in and hold . . . Breathe . . . Take a breath in and hold . . . Breathe.” How long do you hold your breath? For me, 15 seconds for the longer breath holds required by the end of each 20-minute treatment, […]

Viewpoints – Week of May 12

“I contend his crime was more heinous than mine” There are signs at the Harbor Village Plaza shopping center saying “backing in parking is prohibited, violation of city code 71.11.” I didn’t see the sign and received a $45 parking citation. Of the 30 to 40 tickets I have received in my life, this was the lamest. The fellow handing […]

HerStory: First keeper of the Hillsboro Lighthouse had a romantic life

By Carmen McGarry | Contributing Columnist In 1884, having just graduated from a Russian naval academy, Alfred Berghell changed his destiny forever when he won a duel with a young Russian officer. Not content with disarming his opponent, Alfred insulted imperial Russia by slashing the golden eagles from his adversary’s uniform. Berghell’s flight to avoid exile in Siberia set the […]

Viewpoints – Week of May 5

“Perseverance in the face of doubt is greatly rewarding” Attention – it is strived for, pursued and demanded – and yet, rarely does it ever hold value by itself. These days, a lot of our attention seems to be consumed by small things, from the screen of a smartphone to music playing through an earpiece.  However, I recently learned that […]

COLUMN: “The death knell has sounded for our beloved Pompano Park”

By Kathleen B. Dempsey | Guest Columnist Known as the “Winter Capital of Harness Racing,” Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park has been the home of world-class standardbred horse racing since 1964. But as I studied the 2022 schedule for April, the sad reality came into focus: “Live racing on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, […]

Viewpoints – Week of April 21

“We cannot recycle our way out” I collect plastic trash on our beach almost every evening – tons of it over the years. What concerns me most is that single-use plastic is not only costing us billions in litter and pollution, but it is also a threat to our human health. As microplastics degrade, they don’t “disappear.”  They continue to […]

​​Waking Up | The Zen of baseball

By Cary Bayer | Contributing Columnist Now that baseball season is upon us, before the umpire even gets to shout, “Play ball!” let’s take a look at some of the metaphysical reasons the game has been called our national pastime.  First off, it’s timeless. Unlike football that’s played with a ticking clock that causes the losing team to rush frantically […]

Viewpoints – Week of April 14

“Recycling right” By Waste Management U.S. manufacturers rely on recycled materials to create the new shipping boxes, toilet paper and tissues, and aluminum cans and bottles that keep the supply chain moving. While people across the nation have gotten into the recycling habit since the first Earth Day in 1970, approximately 25 percent of what they place curbside is non-recyclable […]

Herstory: The Graingers: Hillsboro’s power couple

By Carmen McGarry | Contributing Columnist In 1958, Floyd Grainger, his wife Ann and daughter Ann settled in Hillsboro Beach. There were no high-rise condominiums, only a few low-rise co-ops and motels, mostly located at the north end of town. Nearby was the Hillsboro Country Day School founded by Alex Henderson. Daughter Ann attended the school through sixth grade.  Grainger […]

Out of the Pulpit: Making the best decision you can

By Rev. Martin L. Dunne III | Contributing Columnist Ever since Adam and Eve ate the fruit, our world has been a messy one. To bring about as much beauty in-spite of this messiness requires good decision making.   Like with most life lessons, I learned the hard way the reality that it is absolutely impossible to please everyone. So, […]


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