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Columns

  • Leveling the playing field

    By Lynetta Griner

    Working forests work for our communities and economy.

  • Their legacy was sisterhood

     My maternal grandparents left a long legacy–seven children and 29 grandchildren.

  • Sydney and beyond

    By Susan Howell

     No grass grew under my feet once I landed at Sydney International Airport. After almost 24 hours spent in travel, I was quickly whisked away at the airport by my son, where we boarded a train that took us over to Sydney Harbor, where we then transferred onto a ferry which would take us over to Manly Beach. Reality set in as the ferry cruised past the historic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge– “I’m in Australia.”

  • Farewell

    As this outstanding basketball teams season comes to an end, I too, am saying “So long.”  

    Over the last 7 1/2  years, I have had the distinct privilege to cover some of the most outstanding, well mannered young men and women participating in high school sports today. I am speaking of the young men and women in Williston, who are proud to be called Red Devils.

    From football to basketball, volleyball and softball, baseball, and the cheerleaders.  And I certainly won't forget the annual Award Banquets I have covered.

  • Spare me the small talk

    I enjoy lively, spirited conversation. And in order to enjoy that, I have to like being around people.
    No doubt in anyone’s mind, I am a people-person. I  come by it naturally because everyone–and I mean everyone–on my father’s side of the family was blessed with the gift of gab.
    At family gatherings it was difficult at the end of the day to figure out just what you may have gleaned from each other because topics were loud, broad and scattered.

  • Battlefield

    By Susan Howell

     One of the most abundant and colorful birds to inhabit my yard is the Northern Cardinal. Over the years these permanent residents have provided me with not only their beautiful song but also a little bit of wild bird drama. The striking red plumage of the male certainly outshines the rusty brown female, but from my perspective unlike other wild birds their different coloration easily differentiates one from the other.

  • College is not just book learning, it changes your life

     I’m happy with the progress students have made in English 1 this past year in college.

  • Voter suppression in Florida

    By Drollene Brown

    Guest Columnist

  • Banned because of truth

    Today I learned that history is offensive.
    For a couple years now, the Williston Pioneer has been active in the world of social media with both Twitter and Facebook. It’s a good way to get the word out quickly and keep mobile folks informed while they wait on their printed word.
    For the last several months, I’ve not only wished our  “friends” happy birthday and anniversary, but I’ve started posting a Today in History segment, that is most of the time gleaned from history.com.

  • Dedee McLeod has it right

    Dedee McLeod’s long-standing mantra has been “I hate cancer.”
    Well, so do I and this year with more passion than I’ve had in a long time.
    Cancer devastates, cripples and paralyzes those it comes in contact with. Whether you are the one who has it, or the one who cares for the patient or the one who loves the patient, you can never be the same once cancer invades your life.
    My hatred began first with my mother’s bout with uterine cancer when I was 11 years old, and really too young to appreciate what she was going through.