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Today's Opinions

  • Best online services at socialsecurity.gov

    Americans love their computers. In fact, a recent study shows that the number of Americans who use the Internet has more than doubled over the past 10 years, reaching nearly three quarters of the U.S. population. Nearly half of all Americans have a high-speed Internet connection at home, compared to only five percent at the start of the decade. The study indicates that Internet use is even beginning to outpace traditional media. Younger Americans spend more time online than in front of a television.

  • Genetically modified madness

    I have been living in rural Levy County for nearly four years, and I know precious little about farms and farming, but I am rather fond of eating. As a result I tend to follow issues that affect our food supply and support a number of groups that work toward making the food we eat safer for everyone. One area of major concern to me is the problem our country is facing with regard to genetically modified foods.

  • Letter to the Editor

    An open letter to Levy County residents

    To the editor:

    Hello, it’s me again-the short, fat, hairy legged guy with the big hat.

    Words will never express the gratitude my family and I have for you. We must say thank you again to the 8,818 voters last November. We were humbled and blessed then and continue to be today by those who have fought for almost nine more months for my appointment.

    Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. Thank you for your continued communications with Tallahassee.

  • An effort needs to be made

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew's July 2 Williston Pioneer article in which she exhorted the local populace to participate in the decision making process for the upcoming 2009/2010 county budget. I took Commissioner Drew's message to heart and made plans to attend the county budget hearing held at the Bronson courthouse on July 7 at 1 p.m. I even took a little time to look at her website which is where my confusion began.

  • Our View

    Someone should have had a clicker to count the thousands of people who came out Friday night to Horseman’s Park as the city of Williston threw America one heckuva of a birthday party.

    It was an evening that would have made Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee proud as a strong sense of community and pride swept over the crowd.

    Children played, neighbors caught up with one another and laughter resonated across the fields.

  • Ask a Lawyer

    G.A. of Williston asks: I lost my job and got behind on my payments. Now I’ve been sued over a credit card debt and I can’t pay it. What should I do?

    G.A., since almost 10 percent of the country is out of work at the present time, you are not alone. There are millions of people in the same predicament you are. Until you find a job and have a source of income, it’s likely that you can’t make any payments until you do. Here’s the best advice I can give you:

  • Our View: An Editorial

    There wasn’t an unsympathetic person in the room when Frances LaSalle told members of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce she needed over $1,400 to buy software to keep students safe at Joyce Bullock Elementary.

    In fact, most everyone was willing to whip out their checkbooks and make a donation on the spot.

    That’s when Dr. Bill Bennett said he had an idea.

    This week, that idea manifested itself in the form of Jeff Ference, a Newberry businessman with strong Levy County ties who wanted to give back to the community that’s been so good to him.

  • Watch your wallet, home, children

    So just as the police and sheriffs are telling me there is a surge in economic crimes in the county, our office gets hit with a credit card scam.

    Advertisers are calling and coming into the office after being contacted by someone - with a blocked phone number - saying they are from the "Chiefland Bulletin" and they need credit card information to update their records.