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Today's Opinions

  • Unmentionables and other clothing, Part Two

    Last month you read my complaints about drawers—the wearable kind—that won’t droop the way I like and the fact that this nation now imports 95 per cent of all clothing available in our stores. I closed with this:

    We are a nation of consumers—but we are not rational about how and what we buy. When we started importing goods with the excuse that they’re more “affordable,” we also started the death process of everything “made in the U.S.A.”

  • Well done, done well

    I’ve never really thought of myself as a revolutionary leader, but the time has come to create my own army.

    My army will not invade other countries, even if we create plenty of reasons to do so. My army will not have basic training and we will not prop up an industrial complex.

    Instead, we will eat meat. The meat will be beef. And the beef will be cooked.

    On this day, I stand before mankind and shake my fist defiantly in the air and shout that I shall eat no more rare beef!

  • May Christmas still hold surprises

    Chris Festo’s recent column about his experiences at Toys ‘R’ Us brought back memories about Christmas when I was a child. It’s a very long time ago.

    Hearken back, those of you who can, to the early 1950’s. I was nine and my sister Kathy, five. (We were born on each side of WWII). On Dec. 23, Daddy’s birthday, he put up the tree (a real one) and the lights, and then we decorated it. Traditional tree balls, special ornaments, and tinsel, one strand at a time (I’ve always hated tinsel).

  • Look Christmas lights! Oh wait, that's police cars

    Ah, the holidays. the food, the family. the friends, the fighting. Wait. What?

    I went to the Toys R Us in Gainesville this past Thursday as their sales started at midnight, thinking that I would rather stay up late than get up early.

    I left the house around 10 p.m. and arrived at about 10:30. I was actually shocked by the line that was already there. I was standing about 100 yards from the entrance to the store, and within about 10 minutes there were about 20 people added behind me.

  • Give the people what they want

    Someone once said that you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time, and a newspaper pretty much lives by that phrase.

    With three months under my belt here at the Pioneer, I am still seeking ways, ideas and suggestions on how to make the paper reader-friendly and filled with a little something for everyone.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, I was returning from Tampa on I-75. As I neared mile marker 345, I watched a blue SUV strike the guardrail in the opposite lane, and overturn. I watched an object fly from the SUV so I called 911 and I stopped to assist. The object that was ejected turned out to be the young female driver. She had no pulse and was unresponsive to first aid.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Are there people who live in Williston who don’t know we have a county dump for trash and garbage?

    Last week we had a slaughtered(back strap removed) wild hog left in the middle of our dirt road to rot and today a sofa, tires, buckets and other household items.

    Further down the  road we have a large pile of dirt that has been dumped that the county will not spread out when they grade.

  • What are you thankful for?

    The latest suggested post on Facebook is for the days leading up to Thanksgiving to post something you are thankful for as your status.

    We’re not Facebook at the Williston Pioneer, but we do want to know what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving–and every day.

    We are inviting readers to submit their attitude of grateful hearts for inclusion in our Thanksgiving issue that publishes Nov. 25.

    In 50 words or less, tell us what you appreciate.