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Check Your Ballot Status

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ATTENTION EVERYBODY!!! If you completed a Mail-in Ballot or you completed a Provisional Ballot in the November 6, election, then you need to check to make sure your ballot has been counted.

Please verify your voting status by going to your local Supervisor of Elections website or calling their office to obtain your status.

You can also check your status by going to this link:

When you check your status make sure it says, “Tabulated” which means your vote was counted.

Andrew Gillum is only 2,000 votes away from a recount and your vote matters!! There are over 800,000 ballots that have not been counted and yours could be one of them.  This could make the difference in Andrew Gillum winning or losing the election. You have already voted, now let’s make sure your vote is counted. This could turn into a victory for Mr. Gillum.  We’re counting on you to make this happen.

There Is Never A Bad Time To Say Thanks.

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I am sure most people have been gripped by the news of Hurricane Michael descending upon the State of Florida as well as other surrounding states. Although hurricanes are not a new phenomenon, we are seldom prepared for the devastation that happens even when we do our best to prepare. During the Hurricane Season it seems like we are plagued with various and sundry types of storms, tornados and other natural disasters that keep us just a little bit off center. However, we are always glad when our area escapes harm, but we are equally concerned about the cities who have to face the uncertainty of flooding, wind, rain and power outages as they go through the stages of the storm. I think once you know for sure your area will be impacted by the hurricane the natural response is to feel fear and concern. What should I do, leave or stay? How will I protect my property and valuables if I leave? What will I do if the unthinkable happens and I lose everything? How long will I be without access to life essentials if the worst should happen? These are all important and legitimate questions, but what I think most people feel after going through a traumatic event like a hurricane is gratitude. Gratitude because it could have been worse, but also thankfulness because you survived. It is easy to look at all the destruction and feel despair, doom and gloom; however, it is always a better thing to be thankful when you realize what could have happened. Every phase of life has its challenges, but making the best out of a bad situation can make the journey just a little bit easier. As long as you are able to see the dawn of another day there is nothing too hard to overcome. Do your best to make it a great day, regardless of what is going on around you. Don’t forget to say thanks in the process.

Everybody’s Got An Opinion

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Since the introduction of Face Book, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-in and many other social media sites, it has become easier for people to express their opinion on any and everything. It doesn’t matter whether or not a person has all the facts; some of the facts; or none of the facts, it has become popular and desirable to make your opinion known to all. Having an opinion does not mean it is right or wrong just because it is expressed, but having an informed opinion is far more relevant than having an uninformed opinion. It seems that truth and honesty have been replaced by random thoughts and emotional displays as the basis for making decisions. Moreover, if anyone dares to have a differing thought from the beliefs of the majority, it is probably advisable to keep that opinion to oneself. Otherwise, the ideas might be considered radical and dangerous. We always say we want people to have their own opinion, but do we really? Don’t be so quick to judge. The next time someone has an opinion different from yours, check yourself to make sure you have given them a fair opportunity to express it. Sometimes you might find that they have a valid point too. Take some time and think about it.