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  • New Tax Rates: Lakeland Proposals Worrying

    The city of Lakeland has a $7.5 million shortfall to make up in its fiscal year. Raising and implementing other taxes and fees causes concern, especially when Polk has maintained the same property tax rate every year since 2007.

  • Pedestrian, Cycling Safety: Studies Put Polk on the Right Path

    How do you walk down the road: Do you face traffic or walk with it? Many people don't know that when walking, you should face traffic. When riding a bicycle, you ride with traffic.

  • Improving Mental Health Care: Issue Gets Needed Attention

    The lack of a cost-effective mental-health-care system in the United States results in outcomes that are both painfully hidden and obvious. Millions of Americans with serious mental illnesses — and their families — suffer in silence,...

  • Insurance Rate Hikes: Regulating the Regulators

    Health insurers want to raise rates in 2015, Florida's regulatory agency is largely powerless to stop it, and the Republican Party of Florida wants you to believe it's all the federal government's fault.

  • Your Opinions: Our Facebook Question of the Week

    Is the school system focused in the right direction to improve our students' scores — and therefore school level and the district's score — on the Florida Standards test this year? What else should it add? What should it eliminate? Do...

  • Inspiring Change: Pioneering Women Open Doors

    One would think that we shouldn't need a Woman's Equality Day in 2014. Yet here we are, on the day, thinking about the inequalities that remain and wondering how this year's theme, "Inspiring Change," fits in our generation.

  • Public Deeds: Gigs & Garlands

    The world is full of good and evil, and this week's column reflects on both.

  • All Aboard For The Future: Poly on the Right Track For Success

    Professors are prepared. After a mere three years since it was approved by the Legislature in April 2011, Florida Polytechnic University will open its doors Monday.

  • Elections: Get Out And Vote

    Have you voted already? We know the primary election is not until Tuesday, but many people have already voted, either in person since this past Saturday or via mail.

  • Customer Service: World Sees A Moment Of Kindness

    A moment of reflexive human kindness, captured by a stranger, has made hundreds of thousands of people smile. The photo shows 20-year-old stock clerk Gage Boucher kneeling to tie the shoes of an unidentified shopper at the Ormond Towne Square Publix.

  • Medical Marijuana: Ease Barriers to Pot Research

    With legislation initiatives spreading, voters need accurate information on the health effects of marijuana. But cannabis research is thin, thanks to onerous federal restrictions.

  • Protests in Missouri: Get All the Facts on Ferguson

    Here's what we know: Michael Brown is dead. A police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot him. Brown is black. The officer is white. Beyond that, we don't know all the facts.

  • Your Opinions: Our Facebook Question of the Week

    The Florida Legislature rejected expanding Medicaid to 1 million people in the state, bucking part of President Barack Obama's health plan and the $51 billion it would bring over the next 10 years. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said he'd...

  • Public Deeds: Gigs and Garlands

    We don't mind gigging people or agencies, but we have to have a good reason. And this week, we have only one. Instead, we've found many people to thank for their fortitude, bravery and selflessness.

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