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Today's Opinions

  • Forced public apologies are ineffective and breach juvenile privacy

    “I have suffered the consequences;” “I apologize for what I did to the school;” and “I’m sorry for what I did.” These three phrases are quoted from the forced apologies given by three teenage girls a couple of weeks ago in front of more than 600 students during lunchtime at Bronson Middle High School. In June, the girls vandalized the campus, writing on walls with permanent marker the last day of school.

  • Williston Pioneer Editorial

    The nation will observe Veterans Day next week, amid what seems to be an increasing movement to honor and respect those who serve and have served in America’s military.

    With Central Florida being home to many veterans, in many communities we have the opportunity to get together with other residents to honor these veterans Wednesday, Nov. 11 at various events.

  • The Progressive View

    We are the source of all their wealth. They are the corporate elite, the collective proprietors of the company store who have raised themselves, by the sweat of our toil, to a position of unimaginable power and prosperity. They are the plunderers of resources, of lives and of dreams. While only one percent of the population, they have amassed 90 percent of the loot.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    It’s no secret. Times are tough for local businesses. While the national and state news continues to broadcast concerns of a faltering economy, you really don’t even have to tune in to know that.

    All you have to do is take a walk down just about any main street.

    From your favorite pizzeria to your local hair salon, businesses are feeling the pinch of a weakened economy. People just aren’t eating out as often as they did. They’re going longer between haircuts. Many people are squeezing every cent that they can from their dollars.

  • Little known environmental issues

    Recently your paper ran an article by Andrea Rumbaugh about local farming practices and the environment. The basic concern was whether farmers contribute to environmental degradation with their use of chemical fertilizers and water use. These are good issues to bring before the public.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Re: Letter to the editor

    Foolish Pleasure did not win the 100th Derby–Cannonade did and I should know.

    I took him to the post.

    Marline Berthault

    Hidden Hollow

    Ocala

  • Disabled? Social Security can help

    Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the unfortunate reality is this: the chances that you will become disabled are probably far greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a three in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.

  • A Horse Called Hustle is sweet and witty

    If sex, teasing and innuendo is what you want in a romance novel, then don’t bother with A Horse Called Hustle byee^CJ Love.

    However, if you want a quick-read that’s filled with humor, emotion and saccharine sweetness, be sure to pick it up.