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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Why has the city of Williston decided to enforce a 2002 ordinance without notifying residents.  We were verbally informed when we paid our utility bills that we could no longer pay 80 percent and there was some publicity.  This was bad enough considering our unusually cold winter causing increased heating costs. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    While reading the Pioneer about the last council meeting something caught my eye that I can’t let go by without making a comment and that is about the city attorney’s contract.

    One of the comments was Mr. Fugate’s contract was “lifetime”– not true. Because if it was then the council would not vote on the contract on an annual basis would it?

    According to the article the council wanted “a Board certified attorney in the city, ccounty and local government.”

  • Legal free rides

    One of the most frustrating parts of making laws is the ability of lawmakers to tack on completely unrelated amendments to a bill. Consumer protection became the law of the land in February, and riding along on that bill’s coattails was an amendment that spells disaster in my personal life. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with feeling safe in our National Parks.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I attended the Levy County Commission meeting on April 6 and all I can say is shame on three of our county commissioners.

    The residents of South Levy County, have always felt under-represented until Gov. Crist appointed Commissioner [Marsha] Drew to the board. Since being in office, she has tried to address the needs of her constituents, but has been blocked by the power struggle taking place on the board.

  • March marches on

    Time goes by so quickly, it can be easy to forget important deadlines and even easier to let critical items fall to the nether regions of your to-do list. Whether you get to everything or not, time marches on — so we’d like to share some March reminders with you.