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Opinions | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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I am not a coffeeie -- that's the coffee version of foodie, right?  I normally like a particular brand of powdered instant coffee.  I boil water.  Stir in the powder.  Drink coffee.  But my wife is a coffeeie, so we have the Keurig and what seems to me to be an enormous collection of coffee making paraphernalia.  On National Coffee Day, September 29th, I was in West Palm Beach because of a family thing.  Our Airbnb had a kitchen, which would save us money on meals.  The kitchen had a Keurig machine, the same model that we have at home, which meant I actually knew how to work it.  When we went to Publix it made more sense to get a box of Starbuck's French Roast k-cups than to get my usual jar of French Roast instant because, the big jar of instant was going to cost twice as much as the box of k-cups, and they didn't have powdered French Roast in my brand.  Plus it had the right number of servings for a six day trip.  Indeed, I drank the last k-cup an hour before we left for the airport to come home.  I decided I liked the taste of these k-cups better than powdered, so I had a nice surprise when my wife brought home a big honkin' box of the same k-cups.

As I finished my k-cup coffee this morning I was thinking about the money we saved cooking eating in, which led me to think about how much we saved getting the k-cups. It was a four dollar difference, but of course that is the economics of being in a different state for six days, because the jar of instant has a little more than a month's worth of cups.  I did a little Googling, and was shocked to find a 2015 The Atlantic article in which John Sylvan, the inventor of the k-cup, expressed regret at inventing what he said is "like a cigarette for coffee, a single-serve delivery mechanism for an addictive substance."

“I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use,” he told the Atlantic reporter. “Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.”

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posticon Thoughts - Me... The People?

Opinions | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts We've heard lately of 'above the law', a 'nation of laws' and the 'rule of law', and other such phrases alluding to our founding principles as well as referencing our current national mess, and I decided that I could take these ideas and use them to address some things much closer to home. Bringing the 'swamp wars' home, so to speak.

As you have probably read, County Judge John Rowley decided on his own authority to drop the remaining charges (misdemeanors, by the way, not felonies) that the duly elected District Attorney had preferred upon Rose DeGroat.

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