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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor:

    My husband and I are long-time patients at the Nature Coast Family Health Services.

    We are so glad to see the positive letters and publicity concerning both the hospital and clinic and the efforts of our hard-working staff to provide the very best for all of us who use or will need the services provided. Dr. Dale Block and Mr.ee^James Long P.A. have our complete trust and confidence.

  • My TV career viciously plucked from me

    Whoever said, "Some things are not to be," said a mouthful. I have found that, although I may want to do something, it is not for me. Of course, the opposite is also true. Some things I do not want, yet somehow they find residence upon my person, and usually do not pay rent. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just choose everything you like in life?

  • Remember mom on her big day

    The year was 1997. I remember clearly getting the phone call that my mother had died.

    It’s been a little more than 12 years, but I still miss her.

    I remember the last time I saw her. There was a look that passed between us that sent chills over me. As I drove away to another town where I was working, I had to fight back the tears. Somehow we both sensed that was the last time we would speak. And a week later, the call came.

  • Damaging a nice neighborhood

    Editor:

  • New rule could hurt athletes

    The Florida High School Athletic Association on Monday did what a lot of folks figured they would do, cut the number of games that a team may play during a season.

    Of course, varsity football was exempted.

    The vote was close, 9-6, by the FHSAA board, and the ruling was only for two years. That’s little consolation to this year’s sophomores and juniors who will have to live with this rule for their final two years of high school. They will be gone if the rule is repealed in two years.

  • How many big jets will come?

    When I was a child, back in the dark ages as my children say, we had friends named Edith and Ray who lived in a Brooklyn apartment. We would visit them often, and then they moved to Queens. We went to see them for the first time in their new home, and we were sitting there talking shortly after we got there. Suddenly everyone’s mouths were moving, but you couldn’t hear what they were saying.

    That’s because they had moved to Jamaica and were directly under the approach path for planes landing at Idylwild Airport, which is now called JFK.

  • 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.