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I have written my weekly column “Outtakes” for The Independent News since 1999. The columns show my struggle to help my paper and Northwest Florida battle the “storms” of hurricanes, oil spills and corrupt politicians. Someone has to be that guy that challenges the status quo. I’m that guy.

In Northwest Florida, readers argue over my columns, but they have to read them every week. That is just the way I like it.

Outtakes: Power of the People

Author : Rick Outzen Published: March 5th, 2014

People like to joke that Pensacola is five years behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, but once something catches on here, it spreads exponentially across the community. How []

Outtakes—Slicing up the Turkey

Author : Rick Outzen Published: February 26th, 2014

This week another slice of the Greater Pensacola Chamber turkey is about to be carved off the carcass. At a special board meeting of the chamber, CEO Jerry Maygarden discussed the need to separate []

Outtakes—Hayward Sidestep

Author : Rick Outzen Published: February 12th, 2014

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s missteps are never his fault. The blame is often placed instead on his staff, former city managers or the Pensacola City Council. Last year, he and his former []

Outtakes—Gaetz to the Rescue

Author : Rick Outzen Published: February 5th, 2014

I appreciate when a politician breaks ranks and looks past the surface of an issue to take a stand that his party might not initially approve of. We live in an age of sound bites and tweets that []

Outtakes—Grow the Pie

Author : Rick Outzen Published: January 29th, 2014

The recent controversy over food trucks in downtown Pensacola has brought to the surface a problem that city officials and the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) have avoided discussing publicly. []

Outtakes—A Tiger Retires

Author : admin Published: January 22nd, 2014

Last week George Touart sent the Escambia County Commission his resignation letter. He isn’t well and said his body could no longer keep up with demands of being the county administrator. The []

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One Response to “Outtakes”

  1. grady swann says:

    Skillet concert, Friday, March 28, 2014. Five (5) or six (6) songs on a two (2) band ticket. Skillet really? Really! Very Disappointing.

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