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Today's Opinions

  • Philpot thanks everyone for support

    To the editor:

    To all of the students, parents, friends, school staff and county staff, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for the retirement celebration held May 15 in my honor.

    Iee^feel like Iee^should have held the event to thank everyone for the wonderful support I have received for the 37 years Iee^have been teaching in Williston.

    Iee^have enjoyed the experience immensely and it has greatly enhanced my life.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Recently in Federal Court, the sheriff of Levy County, Johnny Smith, pleaded before Judge Mickle for a lenient sentence for convicted county commissioner Sammy Yearty, who had been guilty of taking bribes.

  • Editorial

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Spring Hill), in one of her final acts as the U.S. Congressman for the 5th District of Florida, showed complete disrespect for the people who elected her.

    By manipulating the process, she took it upon herself to appoint her successor.

    We are deeply disappointed.

  • It's my anniversary

    A year ago last week I stepped into a long lineage of newspaper editors who, for the past 130 years, were dedicated to the people of Williston and the surrounding community.

    It was a daunting responsibility–just knowing that one day in the annals of history, my name would be included as editor of Levy County’s oldest newspaper. It was, and is, something I take seriously–and pridefully.

    Of all the towns and communities in Levy County, Williston was one I was not familiar with, ranking closely behind Inglis and Yankeetown.

  • You call call but I may not answer

    I despise telephones. I always have. Oh, sure there was a time in my youth when Iee^could talk for an hour (what my father allowed) with some silly boy I was crushing on. But I never was one to just pick up the phone to call someone and chat.

    Iee^much preferred then–as I do now–looking someone face to face when I speak with them. You can gauge so much from someone’s body language and eyes that just aren’t possible via a telephone conversation.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Let me ask a question to the people of Williston. When you go into a city what you see is either eye appealing or an eye sore to you. Correct? What conditions are our Williston Business District buildings in? A step away from being condemned in some buildings.

    So why did the CRA spend so much time (months) researching to find prime property behind the Williston Business District? It's supposed to beautify our neighborhood maybe encouraging people to walk around possibly wanting to shop in other businesses we were told.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    "Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see!" This old saying came back to me full force when I walked into a local store in time to hear the cashier parrot what a previous customer told her. She said that starting immediately the government was going to deduct $100 per paycheck to pay for the new health care bill. She was still upset even after I tried to convince her it was a lie. Why are people so willing to believe rumors instead of checking the facts?

  • 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.