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Today's Opinions

  • Family book clubs instill interest in reading and academic success

    “The way to establish a familial tradition of reading is simple: read books, then talk about them.”

    While attending high school graduation for my daughter recently a parent asked me what the secret is to raising children who are successful in school. I was caught a bit off guard. I was emotional as I always am when seeing developing minds recognized for their achievements. I didn’t have an answer ready.

    Of all the things that I could have mentioned, the first thing out of my mouth was to encourage a household culture of reading.

  • City has been supportive of WYAA

    To the editor,

    The Williston Youth Athletic Association is a nonprofit, volunteer run organization designed to provide a recreational sports program to the youth of the community. The WYAA has been providing sports programs to the community for many years. The WYAA has had a long standing relationship with the city of Williston. That relationship has contributed to the success and longevity of the programs. The WYAA averages 350 to 400 participants each season.

  • Thanks to health fair volunteers

    To the editor,

  • WES sends open letter to sheriff

    Dear Sheriff Smith:

    Words cannot begin to express the heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation I feel toward you and your generous, caring staff.

    Our 2009 safety patrol trip to Washington went off without a hitch! It was perfect! Yes, we had fabulous parental and staff support, but their job was to chaperone our patrols, who, I am proud to say, were most enthusiastic and well-behaved throughout the entire trip.

  • Levy residents need to take part in county budget process

    Headlines from every corner of the nation and our state are unanimous in their message… the government bank account is running dry and the cupboard is bare. Florida counties and municipalities report that jobs are on the chopping block, others will see wage freezes, services are being cut and in some cases taxes will rise. Levy County is no different. The “Great Recession” may be on our doorstep.

  • Corporatocracy

    You may well be wondering what a corporatocracy is. Officially it is not a word that appears in any popular dictionary. The word itself is a neologism, a recently coined word that is commonly used but hasn't become mainstream. Every day new words enter our language through books, magazines and newspapers. The Internet (that word was once a neologism as well) has quickly become the most popular venue for new thoughts, ideas and words entering the public domain.

  • Those in ag industry deserve pat on the back

    As we enter the dog days of summer, people will be out enduring our famous heat and our abundant resources available to them; North Central Florida is a great place to be. Whether you’re on a farm handpicking blueberries for pies, cooking steaks on the grill or enjoying watermelon on the river with family and friends, this area provides us with so many great homegrown options to fill our summer time. During these times the agriculture industry can easily be taken for granted by those not directly involved in it.

  • New regs could hurt General Aviation

    To the editor:

    Each month, volunteer pilots from Angel Flight Southeast fly patients needing specialized medical care, including chemotherapy and dialysis, to hospitals throughout Florida. Many of these patients are from rural areas and would otherwise be hard-pressed to receive the care they need.