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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    With regard to Ann Coffel’s letter in the Williston Pioneer dated Sept, 17, 2009.

    If you had taken the time to call Bob Hastings - Levy County School Superintendent at 486-5231, he would have been very accommodating.

    He would have told you that during that time frame of the speech from the president to our school children a state mandated testing was being conducted i.e. FAIR and Think Link.

    Your diatribe about this subject was not fact based.

    H Lynn Noble

    Williston

     

  • Making it interesting not an easy task

    Raleigh is a quiet community nestled in farmland just east of Williston. Residents enjoy the solitude and keep to themselves. No one suspected that last week all that would change by the apparent abduction of a child and her pony by what authorities are calling an “alien life form.”

    Got your attention? If I read that in my hometown paper, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d continue reading.

  • Don’t let heavy backpack ruin your child’s day

    The American Chiropractic Association and TMC Chiropractic in Williston offer the following tips to prevent the needless back pain an overstuffed backpack could cause the student in your household:

    Make sure the backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight. This means a 100-pound child should carry no more than 10 pounds on his or her back.

    A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook.

  • Assessing Emergency Medical Services

    EMS assessments are changing this year. Historically, all property owners have paid the same annual amount of $75, regardless of their size or the frequency of calls. This meant that Wal-Mart paid the same assessed fee as a residential property owner. In an effort to be more equitable, a formula based on square footage for commercial, institutional and industrial/warehouse designated property was recommended by a company hired by the county to look at our assessment structure.

  • Spouses can apply online too

    You probably already know that when it comes time to apply for retirement, you can do it online at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. But did you know that spouses can apply online, too?

    If you are a spouse applying for benefits based on your husband’s or wife’s record, you can do it online from the convenience of your own home.

  • Unshakeable in a desperate situation

    Scripture passage: Daniel 2:1-49

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The swine flu is not coming–it’s already here. The question now is what will happen when our kids all get together when school opens Aug. 24. Will there be an explosion of new cases then, or later in the fall when the traditional flu spreads through society? A vaccine for the swine flu will not be ready until mid-October and right now that vaccine will take two shots given 21-28 days apart.

  • Who needs that much Drama?

    Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.