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Today's Opinions

  • Catching up on a few things:

    PAYING FOR ACCIDENTS: A few weeks ago we had an interesting discussion in Williston about having accident victims pay for the cost of having police answer the calls. That drew a large outcry from city folks who say they already pay through taxes, and also from those who might not be at fault in the accidents.

    Last week out of the Ocala City Council meeting came a plan that addresses both of those concerns.

    Ocala is working with the company Cost Recovery to recover the costs of police response to accidents, taking into account the complaints listed above.

  • Get rid of Devil nickname

    Editor:

    I was born and raised in Williston; I graduated in 1981 and soon after I joined the United States Marine Corps. I served 23 years, retiring in 2003; during that time I visited family and friends when the opportunity arose or when unexpected sad occasions happened.

    This particular visit was because of the death of my sister, whom we all know as Diane. I mentioned this because it was the death of my sister that brought me back to Williston to raise several questions.

  • Possible sale won't change our paper

    To our readers and advertisers:

    The recent announcement by Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of our newspaper, to consider strategic alternatives that might include the sale of this newspaper and others was made Jan. 3. The original announcement appeared on the Pioneer Web site at about noon on that date.

  • Appoint the superintendent

    This is something I've been wanting to propose for a long time, but have held off because we had an incumbent elected school superintendent.

    Now that Cliff Norris has declared his intention not to run for re-election, it's time to look at the advantages of having an appointed, rather than elected, superintendent.

  • The new sidewalks of Williston

    There was an old song called Sidewalks of New York. It started out "East side, west side, all around the town."

    Right now we feel like we're in a show called the Sidewalks of Williston.

    About a month ago some workers came along and put down a sidewalk all the way along Northwest First Avenue.

    The block in front of our building was the final step.

  • Put Fair commitments on hold

    Just a few weeks ago, I wrote what a good time I had at the Levy County Fair.

    That really hasn't changed, but a few revelations about the financial condition of the Fair have put a new spin on things.

    Forget the legal problems; they should clear up. It's the fact that the Fair is in the red that should concern people, especially local governments.

    By the way, if you pledged money to the Fair Association to help with expenses, and you haven't lived up to you pledge, please do so. But that's another matter.

  • Animal abuse policies changed

    Editor:

    Just a little update. Thanks to the editorial you ran in the paper a few weeks back on the 18 Arabian horses rescued in Alachua County, I have received the following letter from the Sheriff's Department stating that they agree that their current policies were lacking in matters of animal abuse cases. They have confirmed that after reviewing my letters and being persistent in what transpired with these horses, they have rewritten the policy on the handling of animal abuse cases.

  • The Grinch in Williston

    Editor:

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the lack of Christmas lit homes this year?

    After the fiasco with the electric bills, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

    Christmas is not about the lights, but they do bring holiday cheer.

    Who doesn't enjoy driving around and admiring the light displays that people work so hard on?

    This year is different though. Combining the two blocks in our neighborhood, only two homes have lights and decorations. Out of 24 homes. Only TWO!!!