ECOWATCH: Is the web of life collapsing?

“We warned that one day  you would not be able to control what you have created, and that day is here.” – Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Native American spiritual leader                                                                                                                       What is the Web of Life? Many people do not realize that understanding this description of nature is crucial to man’s survival. One of the […]

ECOWATCH: Welcome to the New Year, but let’s remember the past

“There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them. Sometimes they gust with the fury of a hurricane, sometimes they barely fan one’s cheek.                         But the winds cannot be denied, bringing as they often do a future that is impossible to ignore.”   – Nickolas Sparks, American novelist                                                                                                    The Christmas holiday has its three ghosts: the past, […]

EcoWatch: Sharing nostalgic island memories of the past

“To bring a departed one back to life is no great magic. Few are wholly gone;  blow on a departed man’s embers, and a live flame will start .”   – Robert Graves, poet                                                                                                        It is true that a person is not really departed while his name is still spoken. So let’s go back to my column […]


ECOWATCH: A perfect holiday gift for our wildlife is empathy

‘’Life is precious to all creatures, as it is to us.                                                       They also seek a life full of happiness with no                                                        injury or pain. Let us strive to be more responsive                                              and cognizant of their plight and offer protection                                                  for all wildlife — especially for the creatures in Florida’s                                      coastal waters.”  – Author unknown                                                                                            […]

ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                   – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 listed last Tuesday as Giving Tuesday, which will last until December 3. However, there should not be a cutoff time to be charitable. It is never too late to be generous.                                                The idea is simple: After days of shopping […]

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 […]

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 […]