Today's Opinions

  • It's time to vote again

    Somewhere in the past, someone in Florida decided not to hold city elections on Election Day. So here we are, just a few weeks after the presidential primary election, ready to hold a city election next Tuesday.

    There are a couple of issues on the ballot. One has to do with economic growth, which would allow tax exemptions to entice businesses to move here.

    It's a necessary evil, given the competitive climate throughout the state of communities that want the jobs that go with new industry and/or business.

  • Choking game isn't fun

    Children Die Playing the "Choking Game"

    For the first time, the federal government has counted the number of youths who have died from the so-called "choking game" and discovered at least 82 deaths.

  • Hospice of the Nature Coast


    Hospice of the Nature Coast is proud to be a member of the north central Florida community. Indeed, from the moment we began serving this area, your welcome couldn't have been filled with more warmth as the citizens of north central Florida recognize they now have a choice when it comes to the hospice and palliative care they wish to receive.

  • Holiday Hope thanks


    Holiday Hope wants to thank all our citizens, businesses, organizations, students and medical personnel for the help extended to us in 2007.

    Once again, with your help, we were able to see that approximately 350 local children had a Merry Christmas.

    This task could not have been achieved without your kindness, and willingness to become involved with helping children in our community. You are definitely the key to our success.

    Once again, thank you.

    Jean Bain

    Holiday Hope, Inc., president

  • Here's to watching people park

    You can have a lot of fun on Northwest First Avenue these days, watching people perform what has become a forgotten art: parallel parking.

    In its infinite wisdom, the city came along and authorized removal of all angle parking in front of the Williston Pioneer Sun News office and alongside City Hall. No action has been taken on the angle parking in front of the post office yet.

    The first people to get those spaces can easily coast in, as long as the first car moves all the way up to the front and then the spaces are filled in behind them.

  • The Devil, you say? Why not?

    Listen, carefully. I'm a member of the Audubon Society. I believe in the protection of birds. That's why I'm deeply offended by the nickname, Bronson Eagles. I demand that it be changed.

    Sound absurd? Of course it does. And I'm not really in the Audubon Society, although I did have a couple of parakeets when I was growing up.

    Worrying about school nicknames is, to me, a waste of time. There are far more important things to be concerned about.

  • 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


    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.