2020-05-07

2020-05-07 E-Edition

Fossils…Florida’s Past

Unearthed - One find at a time


STANDING IN A DESOTO COUNTY CREEK near the Peace River in mid-April, when the water is near its lowest annual point, Ken Follmann sifted through the gravel in his screen. A large shark’s tooth emerged from the grit. This nearly 3-inch fang from the creek bed conjured Florida’s ancient past, a lost world that seems almost mythical now with 20-foot […]

Police look to treatment, not jail, for mentally ill



Law enforcement officers had to deal with him first, before he ever got to a prison where the Florida Department of Corrections allegedly failed to provide adequate mental health treatment. What finally happened was reported this way by the news site Politico, in 2018: “A schizophrenic inmate in Florida with a history of self-injurious behavior was unmonitored when he bit […]

What to do now



I hope history repeats itself. It never does, of course, but sometimes the patterns do. For example, the reprehensible and deadly arrogance, stupidity and vitriol of some leaders — of their governments and employees — along with the willing blindness of large numbers of cheering supporters, has often been countered, however slowly, by what I would only describe nowadays as […]

Grant of $150,000 will help research panther disorder

The nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has announced a $150,000 grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to research the cause of a debilitating neuromuscular disorder afflicting Florida’s panthers and bobcats. The disorder, termed feline leukomyelopathy, was first recognized in 2018 around Corkscrew Swamp in Collier County and has also been documented in Alachua, Charlotte and […]

Life goes on — so you might as well enjoy it



The other morning, Nancy and I were sitting in our beach chairs in our backyard overlooking the Peace River. The sun was just coming up over the treetops, looking really neat through the misty swirls of moisture wafting up off the water. There were tarpon rolling noisily, splashing through the calm inky surface and, as they broke the quiet of […]

There once was a train that crossed waters to Key West

Industrialist Henry Flagler had a dream of connecting the Florida Keys to the rest of the state by rail. With construction of the Panama Canal around the turn of the last century, Flagler saw potential in Key West as the closest U.S. deep-water port to Panama. He had hoped the city could take advantage of the increased potential for trade […]

Future Care

How veterinary medicine is changing in the wake of COVID-19


The way our pets receive veterinary care changed dramatically two months ago. One day we were in the exam room with them; the next, we were all driving to the clinic, calling from our cars to announce our arrival, and staying in them while masked vet techs came and took pets inside for exams. Intercoms at clinic entrances enable germ-free […]

Pets of the WEEK

To adopt or foster a pet To learn more, visit EARS at 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, visit www.earsanimalrescue.com or call 941-681-3877. During this period of quarantine, the EARS Thrift Store will be closed, to protect our customers and valued volunteers. If anyone has donations please hold them for a while or call Barb Kerwick (941-586-1554) to have someone meet […]

Suncoast Humane Society to launch drive-up wellness clinic

Suncoast Humane Society has been working tirelessly to develop new ways to help our community in the safest way possible. Plans to reopen are in the works now; the process will be phased and executed strategically to ensure the safety of all humans and animals involved. First on the list is Suncoast Humane Society’s drive-up wellness clinic. It will be […]