Today's Opinions

  • Color me red

    My hair has been some sort of blonde 99 percent of my life. A towhead as a child, the color has varied over the years, but there’s always been some shade of blonde to it.

    I came by the color naturally, since both my parents were blonde as youngsters.

    My father’s hair eventually took on a reddish hue, before it thinned to the point that he was just grateful to have any hair at all.

    My mother’s hair became a rich brown with auburn highlights, and when she died at 70, it was still a stunning color with minimal gray.

  • A chance to start over

    Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

    Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

    As 2010 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

    What will you do with it?

    The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2009 and reflect on what was right with your life.

  • Levy County needs Sammy Yearty

    To the editor:

    While you are enjoying your busy Christmas holidays, I hope you will take a moment to say a prayer for Sammy Yearty and the Yearty family.

    If you look back at the many good things Sammy has done for Levy County, you will come to understand that he is one of those rare human beings who has deep compassion and understanding for those around him.

    When the inmates of Lancaster Correctional Institution were building the Levy County Quilt Museum, Sammy was always ready to lend support and contribute whatever was needed.

  • Sammy Yearty cares about people

    To the editor:

    I am writing to show my support for my good friend, Sammy Yearty. I have known Sammy, his father and mother and his family for more than 60 years.

    I watched him grow up and was pleased 30 years ago when he turned to serving Levy County government just as his father had. More and more, public service is not an easy path for one to choose.

  • Apply online now for a new year retirement

    If you’re planning on retiring sometime early in the new year, now is the time to apply for retirement benefits. The most convenient way to apply for Social Security benefits is online — from the comfort of your home or office. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.

    Our website will walk you through the online retirement application process. We will tell you what information you will need to answer the questions on the application. Further, we will describe the documents you may need to present once you have submitted your application.

  • Shop locally this season

    As Levy County combats the worst rececession since the Great Depression and the holiday season is here, it makes sense that we all do our part to keep as many of our shopping dollars at home.

    With budgets tightened and wallets depleted, we encourage people to be imaginative with their gift-giving.

    Meander downtown Williston on a crisp day, poke your head in all the shops along the way, dine at one of our eateries and think about what you are giving to your friends and family.

  • On Santa and fairies

    How do you tell a child that there are no fairies?

    I’ve given this matter a lot of thought, lately, and not because I mull profoundly in my spare time, but because my son has asked some specific questions and I know it’s a matter of time before he figures out some of the answers.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    I have known Sammy Yearty for about 18 years. I attend most of the commission meetings in Levy County and volunteer with the Levy County Emergency Management. During this time I have observed Sammy in meetings and during storms. I worked in the EOC under his leadership and I have never known Sammy to do anything that was not in the best interest of the citizens of Levy County.