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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The June 4 issue contained a letter from a concerned citizen (with whom we agree 100 percent). She recommends we show our support in trying to defeat the request for special exemption permits.

    Your note referred the readers to a story on page one.

  • Memorial Day is a time to honor, remember

    He was a 17-old-boy who knew he was not cut out to be a scholar, a coalminer or a farmer. And so he did the only other thing he could think of:ee^he lied about his age and joined the Army.

    By November 1950, he was on the shores of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea and on Dec. 1-2 he was shot twice, bayoneted 16 times by the Chinese and left for dead on the frozen tundra.

    Back home his parents received a telegram that read, in part, “Your son was slightly wounded.”

    Semi-illiterate, all they knew to do was pray.

  • Memorial Day is a time to honor, remember

    He was a 17-old-boy who knew he was not cut out to be a scholar, a coalminer or a farmer. And so he did the only other thing he could think of:ee^he lied about his age and joined the Army.

    By November 1950, he was on the shores of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea and on Dec. 1-2 he was shot twice, bayoneted 16 times by the Chinese and left for dead on the frozen tundra.

    Back home his parents received a telegram that read, in part, “Your son was slightly wounded.”

    Semi-illiterate, all they knew to do was pray.

  • Best food is right in your hometown

    Anyone who knows me at all will tell you I am, at best, a finicky eater. I always have been, and for the life of me, I don’t know why. It certainly wasn’t a learned behavior from my parents, who ate practically everything.

    No, Iee^have a discriminating palate and I am not adventuresome at all.

    Or at least I wasn’t until Iee^met Tom.

    BT (or Before Tom), I was content to eat at any variety of chain restaurants and most of the time would order the exact same thing, over and over.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    In the past week or 10 days, I have read three or four similar accounts of this situation. Without exception, each report contained only half truths, gossip and surprisingly inaccurate statements by Levy County elected officials. Although state laws and Captive Exotic Animal statistics are readily available on the Internet, no one seems inclined to put any effort into accessing them.

    Anything I say can be verified and I will try to give site addresses for anyone interested in facts.

  • Progressive View Introduction

    You don’t often see a newspaper column written by two people, but Terry and I believe that together we can introduce readers to the local aspects of a wide variety of topics that make national headlines. This column will appear twice each month, and we will be trading off authorship. Hopefully you won’t find this confusing—you can assume that we agree on an issue unless we state otherwise. Here’s the story on how Terry and I came up with our idea to work together….

  • Single payer health care

    Last month Barbara and another member of Progressive Voices of Levy County, Drollene Brown, handed out single-payer literature at the farmer’s market in Williston. Almost everyone was willing to stop and discuss the issue. Most agreed that every American should have equal access to comprehensive health care. And some shared their own health care-related nightmares, such as the man who told how his employer had quit paying for health insurance in order to keep everyone’s wages the same, but then cut everyone’s wages anyway.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    There is a fight going on right now in Levy County, a fight between a neighborhood and a few who want to put a rock mine in our backyard. They have a lot of claims about how it would benefit our community, but, we know better.

    I am asking the citizens of Williston to get involved with us in Montbrook to stop the mine on CR 322. It will only be a few miles from your city limits, near your schools and your backyards. Just remember, when the wind blows from the south, the dust and the noise may be headed your way.