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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

  • The work of the holiday is part of the gift

    The cooking and baking of Christmas all invokes poignant memories of holidays past, but none more so than stirring the fudge.

    To ensure perfect fudge, you have to stir constantly, work rapidly and keep an eye on the timer if you don’t have a candy thermometer.

    Sunday, as I stirred and stirred and stirred, I was taken back to my mother standing over a coal burning stove making Christmas treats. It became more difficult for her to do as the years rolled on due to a upper spine problem that caused her hands to go numb, but she did it anyway.

  • My most memorable Christmas

    For me, I think the most memorable Christmas was in about 1984 or 1985. I had two brothers in the U.S. Marines at that time. They were both stationed overseas. My mom was so upset because it would be the first time ever that she didn’t have all six of her kids home.

    She tried to hide it, but me being the youngest, I could tell that there was something wrong. My mom would just sit and cry. When I asked her what was wrong, she would just say “ Nothing baby girl. I’m OK.”