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August 2, 2019 

By: Aida Betancourt, Member of Editorial Board

   "Thank you for your service"... an expression often heard when anyone says they have served in the armed forces. A common response, which sometimes it almost feels like it comes out of people’s mouths automatically without understanding the meaning of service. While we truly appreciate the gesture and thought, we often wonder if people really know the problems and challenges soldiers face, not only while serving but, most importantly, once we come back home. It is imperative that we, as society members, begin to understand what our soldiers go through.

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July 5, 2019

By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief

A couple of years ago, I told a good friend of mine, who lives in Orlando, that I was moving to Central Florida. She was excited at the idea of me being close to her so we could do fun stuff together. In the middle of her excitement, she asked me "where in Orlando are you moving to?" When I told her that I was actually moving to Haines City, I could hear her excitement fade away and an "ohhh" right after. At that time, I wasn't sure what that "ohhh" meant, but not allowing that to interfere with our plans of relocating to the Polk County area, my family and I packed up our belongings and headed this away on a beautiful day on June of 2016.

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August 2, 2019

By: Mike Ferguson, Guest Columnist

   In an era where major media outlets aren’t very trusted, local news sometimes gets a bad rap as it relates to media bias. Terms like “fake news” are often flung around when mentioning modern media. I would venture to say that most use that term with national cable news in mind or well-known national publications.

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July 5, 2019

By: Mike Ferguson, Guest Columnist

For anyone who has worked in the industry or paid close attention, it’s no secret that the landscape of journalism has changed drastically in a very short time. That’s also true here in Polk County, especially in the county’s eastern parts.

The internet and social media have certainly played a role, but newsrooms are shrinking across the United States. For those who don’t know, I spent nearly five years as a reporter at The Ledger. The majority of that time was spent covering East Polk County to include cities of Winter Haven, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Eagle Lake, Davenport and my current place of employment, Haines City.

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July 5, 2019

Let me be honest… as a Puerto Rican who spent 15 years serving her country, it bothers me when I hear people talking about if Puerto Rico should or shouldn’t be a state. My reason for saying that is mainly because the reactions and opinions that some people have about the topic usually come accompanied by insults and racist comments. So, as much as I want to be part of the conversation, I tend to disassociate myself from it to not allow people’s reaction to affect me.

But the question is still there and, whether I like to get involved or not, some people still want to get an answer. Does Puerto Ricans want to be a state? Well, that depends on who you ask. If you ask me, the answer will be yes. Why? Because, in my opinion, we need to put an end to the status quo that we have been living in and be able to finally hold our heads high and be treated as the U.S. citizens that we are.

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