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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • Uniforms for the young students

    When I was a kid, I went to a Catholic school for 12 years. In elementary school, I wore blue pants, a white shirt and a blue tie. There were no exceptions.

    Things changed in high school. I still had to wear a shirt and tie (of any color), but now I had to wear either a suit jacket or a school sweater (this was in New Jersey).

    In all 12 years, I wore dress shoes to school ... no sneakers. Of course, in those days sneakers were not a status symbol.

  • Was it too cold for politicians?

    With all the news this week, who knows where to start?

    Obviously, the big story is the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Suffice to say, though, that the honeymoon will soon be over, and he’ll find himself facing the same problems and decisions as most of his predecessors. So we just have to sit back and see how it goes.

    A group of local citizens arranged an outdoors inauguration-watching gathering on Tuesday. Several people showed up, but probably not as many as expected. The main reason was that the weather was very Washington, D.C.-like.

  • School uniforms

    Editor:

  • County commissioner appointments

    Editor:

    I recently read a couple of articles about the possible appointments for the Board of County Commissioners. I noticed there were several names of highly qualified individuals.

    I also noticed there were several individuals that did not live in those two respective Districts.

    If the Governor appoints someone for these two respective Districts who lives outside the respective Districts this might raise a few questions. By all appearances the Statutes and Ordinances dictate that a person serving on the Commission must reside in that particular District.

  • Hey, governor, we're still here

    Catching up on some things after the holidays:

    WE’RE STILL HERE, GOVERNOR: Levy County’s Commission is still operating two people short as of this writing Tuesday night. Two commissioners were suspended some time ago, and yet the governor has not appointed even temporary replacements.

    Nancy Bell, Danny Stevens and Lilly Rooks deserve plaudits for keeping the county running in the absence of the two others, but it sure would be nice if the governor would give them some help. Those trials are still a long way away.