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Today's Opinions

  • Purging should be easier

    My late best friend, Denise, was a shopaholic. More importantly, she was a bargain shopaholic, so it came as no surprise to me what I discovered in her closet 12 years ago when she was adding a room onto her house.

    Denise was also a hoarder, so when our friend Kendall and I started going through Denise’s closet, we forced her to leave the room. We could hear her wails from the hallway as we sorted various items for sale, for trash and for donation.

  • Creature of habit

    No exaggeration, I get close to 400 emails daily through the editor address; another 200 in my main personal account. With over 600 emails each day, I often overlook something or file something in a trash folder that's not really garbage.

    Monday morning as I sifted through the 1,200 work emails since Friday, the above graphic caught my eye and rather than send it automatically to trash, I read it.

  • Random thoughts for a random Tuesday

    Co-worker Chad came bursting into the office one Thursday a few weeks ago.

    "So what did you write about this week?" He asked, pulling a newspaper from the rack outside my door.

    "Oh, city council, the veterans' memorial, the . . ., " I started but he interrupted.

    "No. What's your column about?"

    When I told him I didn't write one, he was aghast and demanded to know why not.

    "I didn't have anything to say," I said returning to my work.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Trump’s motto is “Make America Great Again”.    In the past, when were teachers armed and the schools virtual prisons?  Not during my lifetime.

    My husband was a high school teacher with 12 years of military experience – the kind of teacher Trump is advocating being armed. Students could easily attack and disarm a teacher, then go on a shooting rampage without even needing to buy a weapon.  It has been proven that the teenage brain does not always act rationally.

  • Who do you think is old?

    I was taking then-4-year-old Spencer to preschool and as was our custom, we had serious discussions during the 25-minute commute.

    That particular morning, out of the blue, he asked, "How old are you, Mommy?"

    I came to a red light, looked at him and asked back, "How old do you think I am, Spencer?"

    I could see the cogs and gears spinning as he thought about it.

    "You're very old," he finally answered. "You must be at least 21."

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    After reading of the "embarassment” of Regional General Hospital, I personally felt embarrassed that it was the first time we ever heard of the event.  Why ?

    We would have been there for sure just to meet the new doctors and staff.  But we had no clue and the hospital deserves help and support from the citizens.  

    The exterior of the hospital is an asset to the city of Williston.  Nice job!  

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The appalling amount of litter lining our county’s roads is a depressing sight. Litter is not only ugly, it is a distraction for motorists. It decreases property values, depresses tourism, and discourages potential new residents from relocating to Levy County. It is also a hazard to pedestrians, equestrians, and animals. According to the National Audubon Society, by 2050 there will be more plastic debris in our oceans than marine life.

  • A mayorship done right

    I met Gerald Hethcoat when I first moved to Florida back in 2005. I worked for another newspaper back then, and every Friday, he'd swing by the office to buy a paper and catch up. I liked him immediately.

    Three years later I found myself in Williston and seeing him a lot more than once a week.

    When my freelance reporter retired, I had to start covering the council meetings and seeing The Mayor in action at least twice a month.