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Today's Opinions

  • 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).

  • How about a Tuesday drink ban?

    efending the First Amendment is something that many newspapers do routinely. When it comes to open meetings and public records, it’s easy. (More on that in an upcoming column).

    Other times, when it seems to go against public perception, it’s not so simple. But when something appears to be unconstitutional, or at least questionable, it’s the job of the newspaper to point it out.

  • People object to red light photos

    We got some violent phone calls in the past couple of days from people who were objecting to the red light cameras. Work was evidently going on at the intersections, and signs were posted at the entrance to the city.

    There are some legitimate concerns about the cameras, which are used by many communities. Can the camera show who is driving a car? It might be registered to someone who never drives it. Will a citation be sent to someone who doesn’t even drive that car? How will that work?