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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    An open letter to the county commissioners

    Dear Sirs and Madams:

    My name is Donald Gene Gilreath Jr. and I live on the southwest corner of the proposed, let’s call it what it will be, rock pit. I currently own my place and cannot afford to move away to escape this possible impending disruption to all the residents of Montbrook, and perhaps the residents of Williston as well, once the blasting starts.

  • Unexpected visitors

    It was a lovely April morning, having finished some chores, I took my usual stroll around my yard to see what was up. I happened to be standing near one of the two bird hopping around some shrubs. I first thought it was a Carolina Chickadee, a regular visitor at my feeders.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    We are “the shining city on the hill.” The world looks up to us. However, President Obama’s programs for spending trillions of dollars are putting us into devastating debt.

    This is starting to move our shining city down into a dark valley where the rain (Taxes) will drown it.

    Wake up, America. It is no t too late to stop the spending. Congress can stop him and we have the power to have Congress do this.

  • Cap-and-Trade: Bad for consumers and our nation

    The summer driving season is underway and Floridians will have to grapple with higher gas and energy prices in the months to come.  Unfortunately for them, the Leadership in Congress is poised to make matters even worse by establishing a new national energy tax to be paid by all Americans who drive a car, buy anything made in America, or turn on a light.

  • Where do the Ten Commandments belong?

    So a move is afoot in Levy County to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

    The county commission last week OK’d guidelines for monuments on the courthouse lawns.

    We have one at the Chiefland City Hall. It’s a huge black and white monolith. It’s there because the Chiefland Commission expressed the need for more prayer in the community.

    I pass it at least once a day during the week.

    I often use the sighting as a mental test to see if I can still remember all 10 directions.

  • 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.