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Outtakes—Stormwater, Part II

Outtakes—Stormwater, Part II

When I attended the Storm Water Advisory Team (SWAT) meeting on January 6, I was reminded of meetings I attended 15 years ago on the stormwater.  Back then the issue wasn’t flooding, it was [...]

Outtakes— Improving My Craft

Outtakes— Improving My Craft

At the age of 57, I still have so much to learn. The past year I worked hard to perfect my writing. Though I will always be plagued with typos, I did a better job of developing my craft. My hatred [...]

Outtakes—On the Cusp

Outtakes—On the Cusp

We are nearing the halfway mark of the second decade of the 21st century. The first half of the last decade, we struggled to overcome three hurricanes, a real estate downturn and corruption that [...]

Outtakes—Stories of the Storm

Outtakes—Stories of the Storm

There are dozens of stories that come out of every disaster. Each reporter has to choose the ones on which he wants to focus. I tend to focus on people. Commissioner Lumon May has run non-stop [...]

Outtakes: How Do You Like Us Now?

Outtakes: How Do You Like Us Now?

by Rick Outzen Last year, Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson blasted the local media declaring we were the worst enemy of the county. Most of his ire was directed at the Pensacola News [...]

Outtakes: Too Many Rapes

Outtakes: Too Many Rapes

By Rick Outzen Interviewing rape victims is tough. It’s something I’ve done too often in my career. Five years ago, our newspaper interviewed Shauna Newell (Independent News. “Shauna’s [...]

Outtakes: UCF Nightmare Too Close to Home

Outtakes: UCF Nightmare Too Close to Home

By Rick Outzen The phone call was one I never thought I would get from my youngest daughter. “Dad, I’m okay. The campus security has the gunman. He’s dead,” my daughter Claney, a coed [...]

Outtakes: New Lions Arise

Outtakes: New Lions Arise

By Rick Outzen A hundred African-American men walked on Friday, Feb. 15 the streets of the Montclair neighborhood picking up trash and letting residents know that they aren’t alone. The walk [...]

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 2/23/12

Outtakes 2/23/12

END PLANTATION POLITICS by Rick Outzen When this paper takes stands on issues, particularly ones that I know will ruffle feathers, I am guided by these words of Dr. Martin Luther King, [...]

Outtakes 7/7/11

Outtakes 7/7/11

GROWING PAINS Watching the Pensacola City Council adapt to the new city charter has been painful. For nearly 80 years, city government was run by a staff that answered to a council that had ballooned [...]

Tarnished Turnaround

Tarnished Turnaround

Warrington Middle Puts Malcolm In The Middle By Rick Outzen Last year was to be the school year Warrington Middle School turned around. In fact, that is what Superintendent Malcolm Thomas [...]

Outtakes 4/7

Outtakes 4/7

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT Children have the fundamental right to attend a school that is safe. Unfortunately, the Florida primary and secondary education system is myopically focused on test scores. Good [...]

Outtakes 10.28

Outtakes 10.28

SURVIVAL OF HOPE Recently I had a heated discussion with a friend over the future of America and whether Americans are too stupid to ever improve. His arguments mirror the prevailing thought of these [...]

Outtakes 10.21

Outtakes 10.21

WHAT IF As the November 2010 Election Day approaches, Pensacola is firmly entrenched as the economic engine of the Gulf Coast. The hope and dreams that its citizens had for the past decade exceeded [...]

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