ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                                                                    ‘’The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that –but in creating a better understanding of the intent of that influence and the new ethic for its governance.”                                                                       – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 […]


Let’s savor lasting memories of a Thanksgiving Day

EcoWatch                                                                   “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without, and be happy and thankful.”          – Anne Frank, author and victim of […]

A 50-year perspective: Breast cancer awareness

BY THOMAS ERVIN, MD BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC October is again Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Articles and programs will appear in the media emphasizing an awareness of the incidence of the disease and the treatment of breast cancer in our society. As male breast cancer is unusual, the media effort is often presented in literature […]

The case of an open mind …

BY THOMAS J ERVIN MD BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC A cardinal prerequisite for a successful career in science is the willingness to be willing to change one’s mind as to the answer to a hypothesis based on the scientific results of the experiment. For investigations and observations of the pandemic and the COVID-19 virus, continued […]

Your water might smell a bit odd …

To the Editor: The Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for its Placida and Boca Grande potable (drinking water) water supply. From May 20 at 8 a.m. through July 1, GIWA will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to chlorine (which is […]

Columnist Dean Laux: Remembrances

        By Dean M. Laux I never wanted to be Superman when I was a kid. Okay, the plot line was catchy: A young baby from the planet Krypton, possessing superpowers that no earthly person has, had been rocketed into our midst and, as he grew up, used his superpowers to save […]