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Letters

  • Be safe during the holiday season

    To the editor:
    The recent tragic fire in Citra Marion County has left our community saddened and questioning. How could this happen? We often hear of fires on television or in the newspaper, but we never imagine that one will hit so close to home.

  • Celebration was inspiring

    To the editor:
    I went to the Williston Veterans Day Celebration at the Heritage Park Pavilion Thursday evening.  I just have to share with those who weren’t able to go. It was awe inspiring!
    There were many veterans from all branches of the service and one currently serving, waiting on his orders to go over there again.
    The Williston High School Band played superbly the National Anthem and many other songs. They are awe-

  • Thank you, Lilly Rooks and Nancy Bell

     To the editor:
    The citizens of Levy County owe a huge debt of gratitude to both Ms. Lillie Rooks and Ms. Nancy Bell as they retire from service on our Levy County Commission.  Ms. Rooks and Ms. Bell have served with high distinction, honor, integrity and good faith for many years.

  • What’s wrong with our schools?

    To the editor:

    I am writing to relay a story to your readers that my brother told me the other day. 

    My nephew is not doing so well in his math class. He says that the teacher will write problems on the board and when someone asks the teacher to explain it, is told to refer to the book.

  • What is the point of the political flyer?

    To the editor:
    I just received another flyer critizing a political opponent.  
    In this case the candidate’s “Public Disclosure” shows he receives both a state pension and Social Security.  This item is highlighted and there is a statement “Two taxpayer funded checks every month.”  
    While I’m no multi-millionaire, I receive those same two checks every month.  Before my retirement I periodically received a printout showing my employer’s contribution to the State Retirement System.

  • Thanks for a successful Peanut Festival

    To the editor:
    On behalf of the Central Florida Peanut Festival and the Williston Area Chamber of   Commerce, we would like to take this opportunity to thank one and all involved in this year’s 22nd  Annual Peanut Festival.
    The city of Williston and its employees as always provided invaluable assistance in preparing Heritage Park to make this event a success.
    Thanks to the scores of other volunteers who once again gave of their time and energy to afford a venue which highlights the beauty and charm of our town.

  • Surrender or Dump??

    To the editor:

    So you have a dog you no longer want or can no longer care for.  You have two choices.  You can just dump it at a shelter after hours or you can surrender it to an employee at the shelter.

    When a dog is dumped at our shelter, it is left frightened and unattended. We do not know its name, medical history, likes and dislikes. So we add to the dog’s stress by calling it by an unfamiliar name and giving it vaccines it may not need.

  • Fish fry thanks

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank Post 88 and 444 AmVets, Ladies Auxiliary and Sons for the fantastic fish fry they held for a local soldier, PFC Jamie Page, killed in Afghanistan, who left behind a 3-year-okl son, Jarod.

    With the help of local bands, A Touch of Class Trio and South Bound Band, and the Bronson Volunteer Fire Department donating their time, $1,600 was raised for Jarod and his family. 

  • Look beyond postcards when casting your vote

    To the editor:

    You can tell it is election time when the daily mail brings numerous expensive promotional political mailers soliciting your vote.   A great deal of money is spent on these mailings, money which could be better directed to help worthwhile local projects.

  • Importance of public lands

    To the editor:

    Public lands and the protection of wildlife habitat and open space provide many benefits to the public. In addition to protecting wildlife habitat and native plant species, public lands are also important for protecting a multitude of essential ecosystem services that support human life and benefit people. As Florida urbanizes, pressure will increase on the land that remains undeveloped to provide for hurricane and storm protection, flood control, water storage, pollination of agricultural crops, and natural purification of our air and water.