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It’s a small terra cotta dog, a curio really, barely 6 inches high, sitting on its haunches, head tilted back and cocked to the side, one ear pointing up and the other sideways, the front legs … more
The Lakebay Church is a mess. The church building is a mess, I mean. Not the people. The people are, all things considered, doing well. However, as I write this, the building is pretty torn … more
I love the paper — from local news to opinion pieces and naturalist articles — and the fact that it has so much better editing than most local papers. Thank you for your … more
Your article “Broadband Survey Illuminates Digital Divide on Key Peninsula” (March 2021) did an excellent job highlighting the internet issues that face our community and are exacerbated … more
When I Google “alone” I find a bunch of synonyms: single, friendless, solitary, lone, lonesome and more. I’m alone a lot these COVID-19 days. Today I spoke six words. Each time a … more
This winter has been difficult, perhaps more so than I had anticipated, the result of a combination of winter blues, too much political news and the “endless endlessness” of an ongoing … more
Social distancing opened up blocks of unscheduled time and put the lie to my standard excuse: “I don’t have time to ____.” In the initial phase of isolation, I felt the need to … more
I have had a great deal of time to think over the past year. These days, there’s not much to do on a Friday night once the dishes are done and the laundry is folded. So if I’ve got … more
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden brought the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, revoked permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline and imposed a temporary moratorium on oil and gas … more
I just couldn’t resist writing to tell you that Ted Olinger’s column “Lost Valentine” (Feb. 2021) reminded me of a similar situation I had at Stadium High School in the … more
After what felt like a truly hellish struggle mired in circular technology for hours a day over several weeks, trying to find a vaccination appointment somewhere, I happened upon a Facebook post … more
Thank you for your wonderful reporting. I’ve lived here just shy of 17 years –– you’ve come a long way since 2004. It’s been fun to see the constant improvements. … more
A belated thank you to Lisa, Ted and the staff for all your talents creating such an incredible newspaper. Living on the fringe of Key Pen on Social Security, hanging on to my cottage on an acre of … more
A year has passed since the first mention of the novel coronavirus in a KP News staff meeting. The whole world has changed since. The stress and fatigue from living during the pandemic comes in … more
I was maybe 15 when I asked this gorgeous 17-year-old girl out on a date. I had no business doing that, but back then I had an abundance of courage and not much sense. I don’t remember how I … more
“Run, Eva!” I tell her in an excited voice once we’re safely inside the gate and I’ve taken off her leash. “Eva, run!” And off she goes, zero to warp speed in … more
Last October found me in Indiana. My wife and I traveled there to say our final goodbyes to my dad, who was dying of mesothelioma. I returned in December for his funeral. Because of COVID-19, it was … more
One year ago I was on a sunny beach in Mexico with friends, enjoying the relaxed pace of small-town life, swimming in the ocean, sampling the local food and soaking up the sun. It was marvelous in … more
Congratulations on the success of your recent well-deserved awards. We really appreciate your clearly written and thought-provoking articles. Thank you and keep these good articles … more
I am a Black social worker who lives on the Key Peninsula. My primary occupation is as a psychiatric social worker at Western State Hospital in the Center for Forensics. I was given the … more
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