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Today's Opinions

  • Reason to Relay

    For the last 15 years, it has been my custom to focus on the survivors of cancer as a way to promote the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fund-raiser.

    The first time I did it was in April 1996 and it was my first assignment at a new newspaper.

    The survivor was Miranda Fleming, then about 30 who had survived Hodgkin’s Disease, or cancer of the lymph nodes when she was about 20.

    Little did I know that only five months later, my son, Nick, just three months shy of his 12th birthday would receive the same diagnosis.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Why has the city of Williston decided to enforce a 2002 ordinance without notifying residents.  We were verbally informed when we paid our utility bills that we could no longer pay 80 percent and there was some publicity.  This was bad enough considering our unusually cold winter causing increased heating costs. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    While reading the Pioneer about the last council meeting something caught my eye that I can’t let go by without making a comment and that is about the city attorney’s contract.

    One of the comments was Mr. Fugate’s contract was “lifetime”– not true. Because if it was then the council would not vote on the contract on an annual basis would it?

    According to the article the council wanted “a Board certified attorney in the city, ccounty and local government.”

  • Legal free rides

    One of the most frustrating parts of making laws is the ability of lawmakers to tack on completely unrelated amendments to a bill. Consumer protection became the law of the land in February, and riding along on that bill’s coattails was an amendment that spells disaster in my personal life. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with feeling safe in our National Parks.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I attended the Levy County Commission meeting on April 6 and all I can say is shame on three of our county commissioners.

    The residents of South Levy County, have always felt under-represented until Gov. Crist appointed Commissioner [Marsha] Drew to the board. Since being in office, she has tried to address the needs of her constituents, but has been blocked by the power struggle taking place on the board.

  • March marches on

    Time goes by so quickly, it can be easy to forget important deadlines and even easier to let critical items fall to the nether regions of your to-do list. Whether you get to everything or not, time marches on — so we’d like to share some March reminders with you.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    Two weeks ago more than 150 people from all walks of life, all faiths, all ages and all colors came together to help out an Eagle Scout candidate while cleaning the cemetery at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located on Hwy. 318.

    In short order, tons of debris was removed and the burial spaces cleared to showcase the final resting place of many of this town’s loved ones.

    There are many projects that could benefit from the joint effort of the community’s residents. Anything is possible when we all work together for good.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    They’re young and their dreams are lofty but the four men who want to spearhead a drive to build a recreation center in Williston are dead on the money.

    We do need such a facility–one with a gym or multi-purpose room, a study center and a lounge. Our young people need somewhere to hang out that’s safe and local.