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Editorials

  • Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime?

     

    It's encouraging to know that after years of doing nothing, absolutely nothing, to enforce the codes it has on the  books regarding buildings and property, the city of Williston is finally taking a step in the right direction and taking some action to correct wrongs.

  • Your newspaper, your community, your life

     By Jim Zachary

  • Crabfest chaos has to stop now

     There’s a lot of good people in the community commonly called East Williston and Saturday those people became victims when violence took over an event that has long roots in the community–Crabfest.

  • Williston does it right

    For a year Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat has led the effort that would bring this year’s Levy County Veterans Day parade to our city.
    Phone calls, e-mails, face-to-face conversations and a lot of work–and probably prayer and sleepless nights–paid off Monday when hundreds came to Williston to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces.

  • USPS picks winners and losers

    The newspaper business—both small and large papers—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct mail company ADVO in 2006.

  • We protect victims

    Newspapers have established policies on what they will or will not print.
    Each newspaper is different based on its editorial management practices.
    Typically, those practices can vary from one editor to another even at the same newspaper, unless a managing editor or publisher has established set policies.
    The Williston Pioneer believes in protecting victims.

  • Relay a success

    In 2011 more than 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with some type of cancer and more than half million people lost their lives to the horrific disease. Those staggering figures do not include skin cancers, which do not have to be reported to cancer registries.
    The American Cancer Society–and thousands of people across this county think that’s too many lives lost and each year spends time, sweat and tears organizing its largest fund-raiser, Relay for Life.

  • Don’t mess with tradition

    If we only learned one thing this week it is that Williston residents are passionate about their school, their teams and their mascot.
    When we posted a seemingly innocuous question on Facebook whether it was time the Red Devil mascot be changed, as suggested last week in a letter to the editor, we had no idea the maelstrom it would elicit.
    Now a week later, people are still sounding off and the sentiment is clear–don’t mess with tradition.

  • We believe in words

    For more than half dozen years, the Williston Pioneer has committed to bringing the children of Bronson and Williston Elementary Schools the power of words through the nationally acclaimed The Dictionary Project.
    Each year, money and time are set aside to present every third grade student in the two schools with their own dictionary. The students are challenged to become lifelong learners and told the book they hold in their hands wields power.

  • In the midst of despair, there is hope

    Today, we live in a hurting nation. For the past week, many of us have been trying to wrap our heads around the senseless act of violence that claimed the lives of 26 people in New England, most of whom were in an elementary school. We try to imagine that morning as teachers struggled to corral children whose biggest concerns were if Santa would fill those long-awaited Christmas wishes.

    In minutes, the routine morning was disrupted as lives were ended and others changed forever.