Opinion

McCoy: How National American Miss impacted my life

Jan 20, 2021
Editor’s note: The Graphic is republishing the essay for which Alexis McCoy won the first place in the Young Author Award at the National American Miss pageant over Thanksgiving weekend at age nine. Have you ever had an experience in your life that changed who you were? Well that’s me, Alexis! It...

Knudsen: Goggin wrong on pandemic

Jan 20, 2021
Sen. Mike Goggin, in your Lake City Graphic opinion piece on Jan. 6, you wrote: “The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be front and center once again...The pandemic is serious, but the urgency has passed.” You posted this the day after you participated in voting down a mask mandate...

Exciting year ahead for Lake City Area Arts

Jan 20, 2021
Happy New Year from Lake City Area Arts! 2021 will be an exciting year for us at Lake City Area Arts. Now that 2020 is over, some familiar faces have ended their time serving Lake City Area Arts and other new board members bringing new energy and ideas to the board. Pat Blum retired from her...

Departing Chamber director: Lake City rallies like no other

Jan 20, 2021
The love and support has been felt each and every day over the past couple weeks. It took me weeks to say thank you to the hundreds of emails, messages, and comments I received upon announcing my departure from the Lake City Chamber. It was overwhelming and incredibly heartwarming. The love and...

Butler: Riot should lead to impeachment, expulsions and criminal charges

Jan 20, 2021
The whole process of the transfer of power from one administration to another is a big deal—important for the event itself and for its symbolism. The process represents the faith, the trust, we put in our democracy, in its value to ourselves and freedom-loving peoples around the world. On...

America’s fragmented mental health system

Jan 20, 2021
The data is going in the wrong direction. While life expectancy has been on the rise since the 1960s, its sharp decline over the last several years is a sign that something is fundamentally broken in the United States. It’s 2021, and we are losing more lives to preventable causes then ever before....

Humane Society: Use only straw for stray cat bedding

Jan 13, 2021
We thank you for adopting all of our recently available Hiawatha Animal Humane Society homeless pets. We are happy to be able to give our foster volunteers a bit of a break, but also know it won’t last for long. In the meantime, we have an important wintertime message for those of you who are...

Girl scout membership is free through Feb. 28

Jan 13, 2021
Lake City Girl Scout Troop 27492 kicked off 2021 working on their Government badge with a special Zoom visit from Mayor Mark Nichols. The girls learned about local government and even “passed” a motion to allow chickens within city limits. Troop meetings are being held virtually this year and...

Goggin: Budget, COVID-19 response likely to dominate legislative session

Jan 6, 2021
As I write this, we are about one week away from the new legislative session. After four years, it continues to be an amazing privilege to serve as your voice in the senate. I love hearing your feedback, your ideas, and your concerns, and I apply them to every decision I make. I hope you know that...

SMIF head shares 10 reasons he’s grateful

Dec 30, 2020
With the new year just days away, I have been taking some time to reflect on this past year. While 2020 has been incredibly challenging, I have found myself focusing on the bright spots. It was a year filled with incredible stories of people doing amazing things to help those hit hardest by the...

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