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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate Florida Literacy “Month” by reading a good book

    “Naïve righteousness is a real turn off. Bible bigots give Western scripture a bad name.”

    Last week Florida celebrated Literacy Week. For those of you who missed the statewide promotion to remember to read, fear not. I, Warren Parkin a literate, am declaring February Florida Literacy Month. I know that February also marks national Black History Month. The two celebrations are not incompatible. In fact, they compliment each other. Thus, it is a good time to recommend some good books. 

  • To tax or not to tax: A Social Security question

    When it comes to Social Security benefits, you may be wondering who must pay taxes on them and who does not. Let’s look at the numbers.

  • Denise Arlene Kurth

    Denise Arlene Kurth, 54, died after a brave battle with cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at the West Marion Community Hospital.

    She was born in Waukesha, Wis. to Arthur and Geraldine Maass. She lived in Greenfield, Wic. until moving to Williston in 1978.

    She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She worked as a homemaker as well as being her husband’s right hand in the family business, Kurth Electric.

  • Guest Column

    Corporations and foreign interests now have more to say in our elections than you or I, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Two weeks ago, the Court broadened the status of corporate personhood with its 5 to 4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Corporate personhood is the doctrine that corporations are considered to be individual persons in the eyes of the law. Any corporation, thanks to this incredibly obtuse interpretation of the intent of the U.S.

  • AARP lobbies for you

    Floridians served by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy can breathe a sigh of relief. Regulators clearly understood the tough realities of balancing a family budget, during this time of severe economic distress for many Floridians and rejected increase proposals by the state’s two largest utility providers.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I have waited and again have not read any comments from the citizens of Williston on the latest actions of the city council. 

    Maybe I am missing something, or the council is not explaining themselves very well.  I read where the council was laying off six or seven employees (at Christimas time?) and in another breath, they are giving all full-time city employees a Christmas bonus (totaling over $6000)? 

  • It's 2010-I need a Party

    We find ourselves today at the the start of a new year and, as it would happen, at the beginning of a new decade. Many of us (myself included) find ourselves compelled to make promises regarding behavioral changes in our lifestyles and habits. So often, though, these so-called resolutions are half-heartedly attempted or completely neglected.

    The actuality of resolutions is that they are generally created as a way to get someone else to simply shut up. They don't hold a personal motivation and, therefore, are easily discarded.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor: