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Today's Opinions

  • New FCAT law takes effect

    About this time every year, people become aware of just what the Legislature accomplished at its spring session.

    Many new laws take effect on July 1, and this year is no exception.

    One of the major changes, or at least it seems that way, regards the FCAT, the school assessment test given to various students during the year.

    One thing that has been popular with schools, particularly elementary schools, has been a series of "pep rallies" to get students ready for the test.

    No more.

  • Let's house out-of-county prisoners

    Editor:

    The 2008-2009 budget for the County is now upon us. The present BOCC already indicated a 15 percent reduction across the board for all departments. There is no doubt going to be a shortfall within the budget and costs are going to extremely tight not only for this year but also next year.

  • Safety first: Don't throw candy

    Elsewhere in today's paper you'll find a cautionary note from the city, urging parents to protect their children at the parade. Children often run out into the street to get their hands on thrown candy.

    I have a better idea - don't throw candy at all.

    During recent parades, it was noted that some organizations have people walk alongside the floats and give away the candy rather than throw it. That's the way it should be done, but only by adults, for reasons you will read below.

  • Airport is liability to city

    Editor

    Many years ago the federal government "gave" an airport to the city of Williston as a grant. The gift had many strings attached so the government could take it back just as they took it from the farmer in 1942. The only difference is they will not have to compensate Williston when they take it back. The city of Williston is in effect a property manager for the federal government and receives no pay for this service.

  • Thanks to whoever saved our dog

    Editor:

    Our beautiful Pomeranian, Rosie, wandered off on Thursday, June 5.

    We frantically looked for her, called friends and neighbors and everyone we knew to be on the look out for her, but to no avail.

    After a sleepless night, I called the nearby Williston Veterinary Clinic "just in case!" I was told they had my dog. A lady found her out on SR 121 and brought her in to them.

  • Making sure McCain is safe

    One of my favorite television shows is "Monk." Tony Shaloub is a great actor who plays an obsessive compulsive. One of the scenes shown in the preview is when Shaloub is being searched with a detector wand and he bends in awkward positions to avoid being touched by the device.

    That's how I felt last week as I attended the Florida Press Association convention in Orlando. On Thursday, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, spoke to the group.

  • Keeping cool at graduation

    When I first came to Williston and found out that graduation was in Gainesville, I was a bit surprised. Chiefland, Cedar Key and Bronson all hold their commencements at the schools. Then last year I went to graduation for the first time, and it was pretty good. I was still wondering how I would like traveling out of town for a Williston ceremony. This week, I went again, and I've come to the conclusion that my first impression was wrong. Going to the University of Florida's Center for the Performing Arts is a great thing, and I applaud whoever thought of it originally.

  • Message to the graduates

    This is a big weekend for many young people in Levy County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for most Levy County schools this weekend, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.