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Today's Opinions

  • No one said pirates were smart

    Yo, ho, ho, a pirate’s life for me. Children sing songs like that after taking a trip at Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction, and have been doing so for years.

    But off the coast of Somalia, no one’s laughing.

    On Easter Sunday, an American ship’s captain, whose vessel had been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia, was rescued by the Navy, whose sharpshooters took out three of the four men holding the American on a boat. The fourth pirate surrendered.

  • Modifying genetics of crops

    Why are so many people against GMOs?

    I am a student at the University of Florida, and for the first time I have learned about GMOs, which stands for genetically modified organisms. At first this sounds scary, but the main premise of this is to alter genetics in an organism, such as a plant.

  • Where's all that global warming?

    Global warming? So why am I shivering?

    It’s Tuesday morning, and my fingers are still thawing out from the wind-chill driven cold. And it’s supposed to be colder tonight.

    It’s snowing up north and out west, too.

    So don’t give me any more of this global warming stuff. It’s April, it’s Florida, and it’s not supposed to be like this.

  • Can someone be too old to drive?

    Thirty years ago, if I had tried to write a column like this, I would have been labeled a “young whippersnapper” or worse.

    But now that I’m older and it could affect me in the not-too-distant future, it’s a question that has to be asked:

    When is a person too old to drive?

    I have some personal experience in this. When my mother died in 1997, my dad was 81.

    When we got to Ocala, there were funeral arrangements to be made, so we got in dad’s car (at his insistence) and drove to the funeral home downtown.

  • Red Devils "go green" for Tiffany

    Sometimes kids have to grow up a lot faster than they should.

    That was the case for the Williston High School baseball players, who had to deal with tragedy in their ranks when the sister of one of their teammates died Tuesday morning in an accident.

    Tiffany Poupard, 29, was the victim. Her brother, Andrew, is an infielder for the varsity baseball team.

    It made for a long, emotional day for the Red Devils, who capped it off by defeating Fort White, 7-4, Tuesday night.

    The game almost didn’t get played.

  • Progress energy doesn't get it

    Editor:

    Three days after the Florida Public Service Commission allowed Progress Energy to trim its bills by 11 percent, they have filed to raise its rates again with the PSC. What is it they just don’t get about the current economic conditions here in Florida?

  • Thanks from Bark-N-Purr personnel

    Editor:

    On behalf of the Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. board of directors, I would like to personally thank you the community, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for your recent support to the second annual “Bark-N-Purr” Charity Concert - Barbecue Cook-Off. This event could not have been a success without the help of you, the community, and the many other sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who donated their time and support.

  • Sunshine Week is for everyone

    This is Sunshine Week in the state of Florida.

    No, it’s not a tourism come-on to entice northerners to visit our state. It deals with open government in our state and the right of the people to know what’s going on in their local and state governments.

    There are two major laws that pertain to open government. One is called the Government in the Sunshine law, and it requires, with some exceptions, all meetings of governing and advisory boards of cities and counties to hold public meetings.