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Today's Opinions

  • Message was good, delivery wasn't

    So many things to write about, so little space. So let's go back to the headline format and cover a few topics:

    STOP SMOKING: There was a presentation at the high school last week by a group that organizes Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). You can find photos elsewhere in today's paper.

    I went to the assembly to take pictures and, in all honesty, I was disappointed. There was a lot of loud music and a lot of yelling, most of which couldn't be understood.

  • WYAA uniforms are ours

    Editor:

    We are writing this in response to the letter of March 27.

    Parents, players and coaches, we at Ark Print Wear are proud to say that we are the company that does the printing for the WYAA uniforms and have been doing them for the past three years. As well as doing the printing for them, we are also a proud sponsor of the WYAA.

  • Remembering a great colleague

    Sometimes your week just doesn't go as planned.

    Mine was thrown for a loop on Tuesday when I learned that the day before a journalism colleague who I both liked and respected had died.

    Vince Murray, 56, was a former sports editor of the Ocala Star-Banner, and I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years.

    But I had met him long before that, when he was working in St. Petersburg, and we had talked a lot of sports.

  • Proud of my community

    Editor:

    I did not grow up in Williston, but have been fortunate enough to have lived here for almost 20 years. Not long after moving to Williston, I realized that it was not just a town, but a group or community of people that worked together for the betterment of "the community."

  • When is dead really dead?

    One of the strange stories of the past week comes out of Texas, and it really can raise some ethical questions.

    A 31-year-old man was injured four months ago in an ATV accident. He was declared brain-dead, but kept alive artificially so his organs could be harvested.

    But recently, when officials were ready to work on him ... he moved.

    Turns out he had been alive all the time, and even heard the doctor pronounce him dead.

    Now he's recovering and says he feels pretty good, according to an Associated Press story.

  • Lottery and school funding

    Like many Floridians, I play the lottery, usually Lotto. I don't go overboard with the amount I spend, and occasionally I win a few bucks.

    When you see a report such as the one the Florida Lottery put out last weekend, though, it makes you think.

    In an insert in many Sunday newspapers throughout the state, lottery officials published an eight-page, full-color report of how much money has been spent on education from lottery proceeds.

  • About the Williston Airport

    Editor:

    My husband and I are private pilots and we frequently visit the Williston Airport. We enjoy visiting the airport because of its friendly atmosphere and have been involved in the annual activities.

  • Government and the sunshine

    Sunshine Week has arrived once again.

    No, that's not a weather report. It's the annual week where we make all people aware of their rights under open government. It started in Florida but has spread nationwide.

    This year the observance starts on March 16.

    Our state has two main "Sunshine Laws," one requiring open meetings and the other requiring open public records.

    Through the years, exemptions to these laws, especially public records, have climbed, and it's time for legislators to go back to the original intent, which was to make everything open.