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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t mess with tradition

    If we only learned one thing this week it is that Williston residents are passionate about their school, their teams and their mascot.
    When we posted a seemingly innocuous question on Facebook whether it was time the Red Devil mascot be changed, as suggested last week in a letter to the editor, we had no idea the maelstrom it would elicit.
    Now a week later, people are still sounding off and the sentiment is clear–don’t mess with tradition.

  • Marjorie, Marjorie and Marjory

    March is Women’s History Month, which makes it the perfect time to reflect on the great accomplishments of our female ancestors. In Florida, a state famous for its magnificent natural resources, residents can be proud to acknowledge three women who were pioneers in protecting and preserving our environment.

  • Letters to the Editor–March 8

    Time to change school mascot?

    To the editor:
    I do a lot of signs for the community and it always bothers me to put the Red Devil name or logo on the signs I produce.
     Not being a very religious person, it still makes me ask why we continue to use the devil as a mascot. Isn’t there some other name we could use like some kind of animal or something that would be better suited to use to promote the efforts of our children?  

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:
    I was an inmate at Levy Forestry Camp. I worked for Robin Vick, who was such a blessing.
    But she was not the only person who had such a positive impact on me.
    The city of Williston has some of the best people in the U.S.
    Working in the public was scary at first, wondering how people would react.
    But to my surprise, the city of Williston treated us inmates like real people.
    That helped my self esteem.
    Not only would they thank us and tell us what a good job we were doing, people always had a smile for us.

  • Thinking out loud

    Today–Thursday–is my birthday. For as long as I can remember it’s something I have not looked forward to, mostly because I’ve always lived in colder climates. 

    As a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sufferer, the thought of my birthday only exacerbated the seasonal depression I fought. Moving to Florida has helped both–there’s more sunlight here, and instead of the three or four months of doldrums I once had, it’s usually only a couple weeks now.

    But I digress.

  • Disappointed with commissioners’ action

    To the editor:

    It was with great sadness and surprise that I read the article entitled “County snuffs out teens’ tobacco resolution” in the Jan. 4, 2012 edition of the Williston Pioneer. Having grown up in Williston, I have great interest as to what my family members are exposed.

    As a Registered Nurse, high school teacher, S.W.A.T. advisor and one who has lost several family members to tobacco use, I was disappointed in the commission’s rejection of the resolution. Almost 89 percent of tobacco users begin using by age 18.

  • Disagrees with faith columnist

    To the editor:

    I was saddened by Pastor Stewart’s opinion piece in last week’s Pioneer.

    His unprovoked attack on evolution seemed based on a fundamental denial of the purpose of science, which is to simply observe and document the ongoing revelation of existence.

    He suggests that a convicted felon should have greater authority on this subject than a Nobel Prize winning physicist, another cause for concern.

  • Letters to the editor

    Holiday Hope a success
    To the editor:
    We at Holiday Hope would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to the many benefactors that enable so many children in our community to have a joyful Christmas.
     First and foremost, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who has provided us with a facility large enough to store, organize, and distribute Christmas additions to hundreds of local families, our deepest gratitude.