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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Christmas items stolen

    Editor:

    On New Year’s Day someone took a plastic Santa Claus and a candy cane out of my yard. I would like to say thank you for allowing it to stay in my yard over the Christmas Holidays. The children in the neighborhood really enjoyed walking through the yard and looking at the different items.

  • Next Tuesday a truly historic day

    Regardless of whether you are a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, black, white or Hispanic, you have to admit that the inauguration on Tuesday is a historic day for the United States.

    When Sen. Barack Obama takes the oath as president of the United States, it will mark a major diversity breakthrough for our country.

    And hopefully, after he’s in office for a little while, his race will be forgotten and his policies will be the thing that gets scrutinized the most.

  • Make 2009 a year of helping

    his week we’re concluding the “holidays,” as Christmas and New Year’s have slipped by and we are entering into 2009. The Christmas decorations are being taken down and schools and clubs are resuming their normal schedules.

    But this is a different year. We’ve heard nothing but gloom and doom predictions.

    There are ways, though, for people to cope, mainly by helping others. Read on:

    ‘Twas the week after Christmas

    And all through the town

    Decorations and trees

    Were all coming down.

  • O.J. goes to jail, amid the ads

    Last Friday I was home, getting psyched up for covering a basketball game that night, and ESPN, my usual TV station, was babbling about putting the O.J. Simpson sentencing on live at noon.

    So I made sure I was paying attention, and there was a lot of talk as the court procedure was getting under way in the background.

    I went to Headline News and found more talk.

  • Principal will be missed

    Random thoughts while driving through the fog (not in a fog):

    NEW PRINCIPAL: John Lott will take over the administration of Williston High School when Mike DeLucas leaves after this week.

    Our dealings here at the paper with DeLucas have always been good, and we wish him well in his new endeavor at the Florida Virtual School.

    I confess I didn’t know much about the Virtual School until I talked with DeLucas last week. I started checking up on it and it’s amazing how many students across Florida are taking part in this service.

  • Principal says farewell

    Editor:

    It has been my pleasure to serve as Principal at Williston High School and Assistant Principal at Joyce Bullock Elementary School for the past seven years. I have always appreciated the support of this community for all four Williston schools.

    Since announcing my resignation last week, I have received numerous congratulatory phone calls, emails, cards and personal visits. I have been overwhelmed by the warm wishes and sincere gratitude. Thank you.