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Today's Opinions

  • What will happen to the children?

    What’s going to happen to the kids?

    No one seems to be answering that question as school systems throughout the state cut budgets and programs and teachers.

    The real big blows haven’t hit Levy County yet, but in nearby areas things are really looking bleak.

    Marion County had a big celebration honoring its rookie teacher of the year, but then it was announced that all first and second-year teachers would be laid off, all 522 of them, and that includes the honoree.

  • Non-voters in Williston

    Editor:

    On Tuesday, March 3, 2009 there was a city-wide race for one contested City Council seat which was all that was on the ballot.

    Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, although I am sure there are some that will not believe me. Debra ran a good, clean and commendable race and I congratulate her on her victory.

  • Orlando makes you love Williston

    There’s nothing like a trip to Orlando to make you appreciate what you have around here.

    The journey came Saturday to watch the basketball game between Williston and Orlando Jones.

    Traffic is horrible around Orlando.

    I don’t like to drive too much at night, so I usually stay over. Just getting to the motel was an adventure as I tried to negotiate John Young Parkway, which is now a crawlway, having lost the purpose for which it was built many years ago.

  • Two county seats remain vacant: Why?

    Editor;

  • Montana, the lady and the horses

    They ambled slowly up U.S. 27 approaching Levy County from Ocala.

    Donna Byrne and her two horses are making a trip to Montana, and obviously they've got a long way to go.

    On Monday when we caught up with her between Fellowship and Blitchton, she was going to spend the night in Bronson. Instead, she didn't even get to the city limits of Williston, spending the night at Frog's Barbecue.

    She then caused a stir Tuesday as she came down Noble Avenue through the heart of Williston.

  • Chamber thanks

    Editor:

    On behalf of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who helped to make our annual Installation of Officers dinner a great success.

    First, our Chamber Board of Directors worked tirelessly to organize the venue, menu, door prizes, decorations, silent auction and diamond and gem giveaway. Because of their efforts we were able to provide a fresh new Installation evening for all who attended.

  • Baseball starts: Time for nostalgia

    When I was a little kid, growing up in the frozen tundra of northern New Jersey, this time of year was just getting to be a drag as winter seemingly never let up.

    But near the end of February there was something on the radio that gave hope to all of us who were ready to shed the heavy coats and boots. It was the voices of Russ Hodges, Red Barber and Mel Allen, and in the background you could tell they were broadcasting a live baseball game.

    Spring training had begun.

  • No uniforms

    Editor,

    I am responding to your letter in last week’s “Editor’s Column” regarding school uniforms.

    While many people perceive that school uniforms promote pride and unity, there is no substantial evidence to prove that theory. There are hundreds, if not thousands of studies on the Internet on school uniforms (I’ve looked at several hundred myself this past week since the issue of school uniforms was proposed).