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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.