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Today's Opinions

  • Politics as usual

    Editor:

    You could not have commented any better in your news commentary published August 28th. Levy County residents have given up on government leaders in Levy County. Yes, they do attend meetings and express thier frustrations over tax increases but they know that in primary and general elections thier vote would be an exercise in futility and they stay home.

  • Time for a change? Not here

    Remember about a year or so ago? There was going to be a revolt because of property taxes. A group was formed to create a charter government, part of which would include term limits. The people were up in arms.

    Fast forward to Tuesday of this week. All the incumbents either won re-election or advanced to the general election. Thats right, all the incumbents.

    The closest race was the one that probably has the least impact on your taxes ... that of sheriff, where Johnny Smith beat Bobby McCallum by a narrow margin.

  • Thanks from local LARC

    Editor:

    The Board of Trustees, staff and consumers of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens wish to thank everyone who came out to and participated in the LARC Softball Challenge game Saturday night at Strickland Park. It was a lot of fun watching the political candidates hit that ball and run those bases!

  • Getting ready for August vote

    You have to wonder about the people running our state government when they set an election before Labor Day, just at the end of August.

    That's the case this year as we have the primary day next Tuesday, Aug. 26.

    And the term primary is misleading. In some cases, where people from only one party are running, this is the actual election.

    Party labels at this level are somewhat meaningless, yet we're saddled with those labels determining who can vote for certain candidates.

  • Response to City Hall letter

    Editor,

    As the listing Realtor for the commercial building on North Main Street that is currently being considered by the city for a new City Hall, I felt it necessary to respond to Lindsey Hager's letter from last week. I have also phoned Ms. Hager and provided her this correct information.

  • Back to school and the zones

    Where did the summer go?

    It seems like only yesterday that those annoying flashing yellow lights at either end of town on Noble Avenue, commonly called school zones, were doused for vacation time. Now, starting Monday, Aug. 18, they're back.

    It's time for all the young people to go back to school. With classes resuming, people will emphasize to you that it's time for drivers to be extra cautious, to be careful of the children.

  • Where's the money coming from?

    Editor:

    The two times that I have run for City Council, both times I was defeated, one time by Mr. Jerry Robinson and this last time by Mr. Holloway. It has been my desire and effort to get the people out and voting for changes to the council, to being in new ideas and points of view. But it appears that things are going the same old way, without any thought of the future.

  • New FCAT law takes effect

    About this time every year, people become aware of just what the Legislature accomplished at its spring session.

    Many new laws take effect on July 1, and this year is no exception.

    One of the major changes, or at least it seems that way, regards the FCAT, the school assessment test given to various students during the year.

    One thing that has been popular with schools, particularly elementary schools, has been a series of "pep rallies" to get students ready for the test.

    No more.