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Today's Opinions

  • Surprises in the election

    Each generation or group of people has its catch phrases, something that just sort of pops into the languages.

    One of the statements making the rounds now is "Wow! Didn't see that comin'."

    That's the way I felt Tuesday night gathering the local election returns.

    I didn't foresee the defeat of incumbent Francis Akins as property appraiser, especially given the county's history of constant re-election of incumbents.

  • Why I'll vote for Amendment 2

    Editor:

    Amendment 2 does one thing and one thing alone. It defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but it does not prohibit the government or private companies from extending benefits to whoever they wish. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Amendment 2 concerns the "single subject" of marriage and simply takes the existing state marriage law and places it into the constitution having similar effect (Opinion to the Attorney General, 926 SO. 2d. 1229.2996).

  • School Board's sounds of silence

    First, it must be noted that Billy Morrison has not been convicted of anything. All we have are charges filed of lewdness and exposing himself at a rest room at Santa Fe College.

    Still, since Morrison is a member of the Levy County School Board, the matter must be addressed, and in this vein the School Board failed miserably at its meeting on Tuesday.

  • Term limits for Congress

    Editor:

    We are in a mess. All we hear are people saying we are in a mess. The bunch on Wall Street, the congressmen and senators admit we are in a mess.

    So what do they do? They have the power. They vote in a plan to bail out the money people, the people making multibillion dollars in perks. The heck with the ordinary, working families who manage to save a dollar or two after household expenses. Let the taxpayers foot the bill.

  • Another scam to be careful about

    Beware the 809 area code.

    Every once in a while we have to warn you about scams that come across your e-mail.

    One which resurfaced recently was the 809 area code scam.

    To put it simply, don't call anyone in the area code 809, unless it's someone you know, even if you've been told via e-mail that you've won something, or some other good news.

    You'll be charged some fantastic rate per minute on your phone bill, and of course the people who have that number, which is in the islands, reap the profits.

    So be smart. Don't call people you don't know.

  • Thanks from the Peanut Festival

    Editor:

    On behalf of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Williston and the many people who helped to make the 20th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival an overwhelming success.

    A sincere thank you to the Williston Pioneer and its staff for their wonderful support and coverage once again.

  • Why I'll vote against Amendment 2

    Editor:

    What is more important? The definition of a marriage or the realities of real families? The second part of Amendment 2: " NO OTHER LEGAL UNION that is treated as marriage or the SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALIENT thereof shall be valid or recognized" will be very detrimental to families, many with children, involving unmarried straight couples.

    Many senior citizens cannot remarry without losing their deceased spouse's pension and social security benefits. But they do want a partner to share expenses, relieve the loneliness or be a companion.

  • So many peanuts, so little room

    The Peanut Festival held last weekend is in the books, and if the crowds are any indication, it was well received and well liked.

    People were everywhere.

    For one thing, the weather was a lot cooler than last year, and people could walk up and down with feeling like they were getting heat stroke.

    I was amazed that the previous week in our paper, under our poll question, a majority of people said they would not attend. I'm not sure why. There are a lot of things to see and do, and plenty, plenty of food.

    Unfortunately, there isn't plenty of parking.