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Today's Opinions

  • Pilot praises airport

    Editor:

    I have been a long time proponent and corporate pilot based at Williston Municipal Airport. I recently noted that a new terminal expansion is about to commence. This should be a huge improvement for the airport, the citizens of Williston and the airports' customers, congratulations to the Airport Supervisor, Airport Board and Chairwoman Debra Jones for this improvement.

  • Tired of CNN sensationalism

    Do you know who Bryan Dossantos-Gomes is?

    Do you know who Caylee Anthony is?

    I'll bet the answer to the second question is "yes." I'm pretty sure the answer to the first one is "no."

    We'll come back to that later.

    Last Saturday I was wandering through the exhibits at the Child Safety Day at the local Masonic Lodge. Parents were coming in, getting a card to provide information about their children, getting the youngsters fingerprinted, getting their pictures taken, and then they got some of the goodies like a firefighter's hat or a bicycle helmet.

  • Farewell to my favorite Phillies fan

    Being a Mets fan, it's awfully hard to make friends with a Phillies fan. After all, that's the team that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs last year, and they're about to do it again.

    However, there was one man in Levy County that I could call and joke with about baseball, and sports in general. As late as a week ago Tuesday, we were on the phone to each other talking about the pennant race, among other things in local sports. He was my favorite Phillies fan.

    His name was Claude Lewis, and he was a writer and sports editor for our sister paper, the Chiefland Citizen.

  • Maybe gas price hike isn't gouging

    Prices at the gas pump have gone up drastically in the past week or so, thanks to Hurricane Ike.

    We've seen all the stories on price gouging, heard all the complaints, seen the signs at gas stations going steadily up. By now, none of that is news to you folks.

    So now I'm going to do my best Paul Harvey imitation and give you "the rest of the story," a look from the other side.

  • Do people care about the sacrifices?

    Editor:

    Seems like you and I have the same common thought, people don't appear to care about the sacrifices others made for the freedoms they enjoy.

    Our generation made major sacrifices to the extent of thousands killed every day in battle on some far away shore.

    Yes, we lost a few thousand on 9-11 and we still continue to count up the 4,000 plus we have lost in Iraq.

    But today's generation doesn't count these lives toward their freedoms and rights enjoyed by all living in the U.S. today legally or illegally.

  • Traffic pattern problems resurface

    After all these many months, the recent action at the City Council meeting should not have come as a surprise.

    One year ago this week I wrote a short piece about the traffic pattern for the new Walgreens. I called it "convoluted" and commented that the happiest people about the pattern would be one of Walgreens' competitors.

    So what happened at the meeting? A Walgreens representative got up and asked for part of Northwest Main Street to remain open for better access into the parking lot.

  • It's only been seven years

    Next Thursday is Sept. 11.

    You DO remember Sept. 11, don't you?

    As of this writing (Tuesday morning) I have not heard of any memorial ceremonies, etc., around here to commemorate that date, to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack in the continental U.S. ever, except that the mayor wants to make sure everyone flies a flag on that date.

    At least the mayor hasn't forgotten.

  • Fly the flag on Sept. 11

    Editor:

    Dear citizens of Williston:

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, marks the seventh anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses of our firefighters, police officers and citizens at the World Trade Center. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism has pulled us through some tough times and it should not take another attack on our country to fire us up again.