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Today's Opinions

  • The dismissal of the city manager

    There is obviously more than meets the eye when it comes to the dismissal of Jim Coleman as the city manager of Williston.

    There were references to unhappy city employees, projects not followed through and the treatment of the city clerk during Tuesday's meeting when Coleman was fired.

    For my part, I can only say that all the dealings I had with Coleman were positive. He was always accessible for information. I am sorry to see him go.

    Now comes the interesting part, figuring out how to go about hiring someone new.

  • Make people wear seatbelts

    There is one law in Florida that I have been fighting for years. Maybe something is finally going to happen.

    Under current law, a law enforcement officer is not allowed to stop someone just because they don't have a seatbelt on. They can only be cited if they are stopped for some other reason.

    There reportedly is a bill in the Legislature that would change that. Hopefully, it will go through.

    Normally I'm not in favor of more government intervention. However, sometimes you just have to legislate something to overcome people's lack of judgment.

  • Mailbox baseball isn't legal

    Editor:

  • Airport response

    Editor:

    For incoming City Council member Shoemaker to call the Airport Committee members self-serving is both an insult to this dedicated group of citizen volunteers, but also unjust and unfair. They are a diverse group (pilots, a mortgage broker, local business owners, a clergyman, council representatives, and the City Manager/Airport Manager) who spend many hours not only working toward improvement of the Williston Municipal Airport and Industrial Park, but also for economic development and job creation on behalf of Williston area residents.

  • 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."