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Today's Opinions

  • Disappointed for our heroes

    Perhaps not since 9/11 has our call to patriotism been louder than it is now in the troubling times we live.

    From taking knees to honoring families of those killed in action, daily we're reminded of what sacrifice and patriotism mean.

    For three weeks, this newspaper promoted a free service to honor our nation's veterans. All anyone had to do was submit a photo and a few words about the veteran for them to be showcased in this edition.

    Sadly, few of you took the opportunity.

  • What's in a name?

    The editor of my first newspaper had been an assistant editor for over 34 years by the time I entered her newsroom.

    Over the course of the four years I worked under her as a reporter, I learned many, many things about life in a small town weekly newspaper. Perhaps the most singlehanded important tidbit has proven tried and true for almost 30 years: don’t get the name wrong.

    “People will forgive you for errors,” she told me, “but it’s hard for them to forgive you when you mess up their name.”

  • Much ado about sleep

    When I tell you I don’t sleep, I am not bragging. Nor am I complaining. I’m just stating a fact. And perhaps looking for some sympathy or justification on why I look so bad.

    I once was a sleeper.

    Decades ago, I could sleep until noon or later any given day of the week. Of course, that was when I really was a night owl and wasn’t getting into bed until the wee hours of the morning.

    That’s all changed now. I can go to sleep at 3 a.m. and in two to three hours, I am wide-eyed and ready to start my day.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Three days before Richard Spencer’s speech at UF I received an email newsletter from Congressman Ted Yoho.  He seemed more concerned about possible violence by Antifa than by the attempted takeover of the United States government by the Alt right.  You know, the ones that shot at a group of peaceful protestors after the event, and beforehand, were reported to be gathering in Gainesville because “Florida is an open carry state”.  Spencer’s freedom of speech is allowing him to yell “fire” without restrictions.

  • Rotary says 'thanks'

    To the editor:

    The Rotary Club of Williston would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and sponsors of the 5th Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, October 7th. The event included a 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk open to all ages. Proceeds from the run go toward the Rotary Club of Williston’s service projects, Levy County Youth programs and the Rotary International Purple Pinkie project.

    A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors:

    Marquee Sponsor – Health Department of Levy County

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Once in a while, you come across a person you know is so amazing and wonderful that you must acknowledge and recognize them.

    This person for my husband and me is a young lady who is a banker at Drummond Bank in Williston by the name of Keisha Richardson.

  • Harvey Weinstein and me

    When the first accusation against movie producer Harvey Weinstein came out, I wasn't too shocked.

    Most of us have grown up with the stereotyped "casting couch" portrayal of Hollywood.

    Over the years, usually after some bigwig mogul has died, we hear the tales but then it's too late to confront the alleged abuser.

    Bill Cosby has been an exception to that rule. And now Harvey Weinstein.

  • Williston, Fla.

    I’m Thomas Griffin and I moved my small business to Williston about six months ago.

    I recently attended a meeting on planning the future of Williston. I have also spent some time with numerous small companies in the region and learned this greater area has a very distinct affiliation with craftmanship and heritage.