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Outtakes 1/24/13

Outtakes 1/24/13

Busting The Prodigal Myth By Rick Outzen Over the years, the Independent News has written about the talent drain as young people leave the area for better paying jobs and more [...]

Outtakes 10/18/12

Outtakes 10/18/12

Lame Ducks Bite The most dangerous elected official is the one who no longer seeks public office but still has time to create havoc. It’s particularly dangerous when the politician is a county [...]

Outtakes 8/2/12

Outtakes 8/2/12

FAILURE TO DETACH I tend to be detached. It’s a defense mechanism I developed growing up in Mississippi where the poverty and racial hatred were beyond what many today can fathom. My detachment [...]

Outtakes 7/26/12

Outtakes 7/26/12

Who’s in Charge? The new city charter was built on a simple premise. Pensacola residents should elect the person running their city. The old charter put that power in the hands of an unelected [...]

Viewpoint: Right to Speak

Viewpoint: Right to Speak

By Jim Messer As the city attorney, I have the unique privilege of not only experiencing the right to speak firsthand at city council meetings, but also litigating First Amendment issues on behalf [...]

Treading on the Downtrodden?

Treading on the Downtrodden?

Hayward’s Campout Crackdown Slapped Down by Jeremy Morrison A new ordinance proposed by Mayor Ashton Hayward has been described by citizens as “sick,” “bonkers” and “immoral and very, [...]

Outtakes 12/08/11

Outtakes 12/08/11

TOUGH LESSONS Watching a Pensacola City Council meeting is a painful experience. We’re told that democracy can be messy, but the city fathers and mothers have taken messy to a new level. The most [...]

Feeling Left Out and Right Upset

Feeling Left Out and Right Upset

No one invited him to the party. And he’s none too happy about it. “That’s another example of why I’m leaving the TDC,” said Pensacola City Councilman Larry Johnson. The Tourist [...]

Just a Tourist Here – Johnson Resigns from TDC

Just a Tourist Here – Johnson Resigns from TDC

Larry B. Johnson’s days on the Tourist Development Council are numbered. He’s planning to walk away halfway through his term. “I’ve just decided my energies would be better spent somewhere [...]

Making Noise in the Library

Making Noise in the Library

They asked about speed humps. And fire hydrants, and taxes and antique MGs. In the seventh such forum, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and company held court at the Tryon Public Library on Langley [...]

Cold Feet in Florence

Cold Feet in Florence

The Pensacola City Council needs help. But it’s not coming from South Carolina. Bill Reynolds, Pensacola City Administrator, informed council members today that their selected candidate for the [...]

Special April 1 Issue

Special April 1 Issue

Individual Articles HAYWARD HIRES CHARLIE SHEEN TROUBLED STAR NEW CITY ADMINISTRATOR Mayor Ashton Hayward has completed his nationwide search for his city administrator and stunned the [...]

Winners & Losers 3/31/11

Winners & Losers 3/31/11

During the 2008 election cycle, the writers at Comedy Central created definitions based on events in the political world and asked viewers to suggest words for those definitions for a feature that [...]

New City Government Takes Control

New City Government Takes Control

BEHIND THE SCENES OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT VOTE by RICK OUTZEN The Pensacola City Council chambers were packed Jan. 10 for the swearing in of the city’s first strong mayor and the new council. [...]

The Buzz 12.9

The Buzz 12.9

PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSES The IN reported last year on the rise of prescription drug abuse and how, because these drugs are prescribed by doctors, the danger involved is often dismissed [...]

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