Beyond Books: Library is a gateway to knowledge

Editor’s Note: Sadie Fitzpatrick uses this space to explore the...

Smart growth needed to protect Marion farmland

The month of April has been designated as Farmland Preservation...

An unwavering passion guides Ocala street preacher

Editor’s Note: Sadie Fitzpatrick uses this space to explore the...

COVID-19 plan needs clear path to recovery

During President Biden’s Inaugural address, the President said, “A once...

Keep Public Notices Public

Editor’s note: The Florida Press Association shared this column. From...

Why media access matters

Marion County officials stirred up a hornet’s nest last week...

Turns out you can go home again

Editor’s Note: This is the debut column for Sadie Fitzpatrick,...

There’s more to a degree than earning potential

As the primary instructor of visual arts at the College...

Keep freedom of choice in Bright Futures

Senate Bill 86 will drastically change the successful Bright Futures...

Room for improvement

Ocala has long struggled with a large homeless population, a...

Commentary: Ocala, consistently improving

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently released the December...

Incentivized Rehabilitation Improves Public Safety

As Chair of the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Civil...

We the mob

During his visit to the border wall in Alamo, Texas...

Is the Court System Playing Russian Roulette w...

Is it nobler to go forth to Court and suffer...

Rigging the election is just not that easy

There’s an old adage that Americans hate Congress but love...

‘This is not a simple world, my friend …’

Editor’s note: The name of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State...

A referendum that really works

When the economy crashed in 2009, I was one of...

We may loathe taxes, but we love our community...

“I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they...

Celebrating Florida’s Blacks in Energy

Few realize the array of professionals behind the scenes who...

Chief Graham, public servant and personal frie...

The inexplicable, unnerving, shake-a-person-to-the-core death of Ocala Police Chief Greg...

Discovering that working together works for eve...

The COVID-19 pandemic is killing jobs. It’s a national fact....

Put ratings on books as we do with films

Literature comes from all different walks of life. From innocent...

Online instruction is failing, and that is not ...

Maybe what was so remarkable about two teachers’ concerns voiced...

In praise of an unsung heroine

Your article in the September 18 edition regarding the new...

Officers touch lives of woman, grandson

Editor’s Note: The following is a letter to the Ocala...

How to stop forest fires

Born in California and raised in the Bay Area allowed...

Shedding light on the issue

The readers of the Ocala Gazette expect accurate and unbiased...

Youth sports and politics don’t mix

Call it a no politics zone. No Trump, no Biden,...

For teachers, online instruction is a nightmare

I am a middle school teacher, and I’m at my...

A downtown that Gainesville envies

Anyone who’s lived in North Florida anytime at all knows...

Celebrating grandparents: Wisdom across the gen...

This Sunday is Grandparents Day, a good opportunity to reflect...

Seeking common ground on the Ocklawaha River

For decades, Save the Rodman anglers and conservation groups have...

Free the Ocklawaha and we’ll all benefit

Govs. Bob Graham and Bob Martinez were for it. Govs....

Stop Nestle’s water raid

Nestle should never have gotten the first permit to take...

The schools’ solution to a custodial problem

Schools reopened in Marion County this week to much fanfare...

The next fatality in Florida’s springs pandemic

Rainbow Springs, located in southwest Marion County, long nourished the...

Right back where they started

Ocala City Council President Jay Musleh has spent the past...

History set stage for Black Lives Matter

You say Blacks lives matter, don’t all lives matter? A...

Damn the torpedoes ….!

Damn the torpedoes ….! I’m receiving a steady flow of...

Hands up! Drop the mask!

There are mandates, and then there are mandates. Sheriff Billy...

Time to write out the write-ins in the primary

The will of the people in Florida is still being...

The GOP 10 gunning for your vote

The Aug. 18 primary election is just around the corner,...

‘My DNA is human’

As I sat reading the commentary “It’s in our DNA...

For CF, community’s health care needs to ...

As both a longtime nurse educator and a licensed nurse...

A blast from the past could affect our future

In the Nevada desert – which is redundant, of course,...

Mask it or casket

Bill Thompson’s commentary (July 27) supported the businesses that choose...

Vote ‘em out

While all the doctors and medical professionals recommend wearing a...

Deplorable inaction by local leadership endange...

Your paper’s recent commentary, “It’s in our DNA to resist...

Sidestepping enforcement

When was the last time, if ever, the city of...

Faith over fear? Yes, but the fear is still real

Back in April when our lives were just beginning to...