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Today's Opinions

  • Horses need protection

    Editor:

    I have to comment on these two stories of animal abuse that were in your paper. It's good that people get to read these stories, so they will be aware of just how bad the animal neglect and abuse situation is.

    It's about time the legal system takes animal cruelty seriously. It's a crime and the law needs to step up their penalties for it.

    They need to enforce stiff penalties for people who abuse animals. What was done to those horses at Beauty's Haven Farm is horrible.

  • Deaths could have been prevented

    There were some items in the news from this area recently that deserve comment.

    BOY DIES ON HIGHWAY: In neighboring Ocala, a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing Interstate 75 on foot.

    Take the time to digest a couple of things from that sentence: 7-year-old, and crossing the highway on foot.

    There are a number of blogs going on about this incident, and they are divided into two camps. First, they feel sorry for the parents and want to help them, and second, where were the parents when this was happening.

  • Time to honor your mother

    When I was a young boy, about 7 or so, my grandmother died. She was my mother's mother, and also my aunt's mother. My aunt lived across the street, so our families were quite close.

    About that time, there was a popular song on the radio called My Heart Cries for You. I believe the singer was Guy Mitchell, who a few years later would have the big hit, Singing the Blues.

  • Photo ID voting law upheld

    When I was asked, a few years ago, to show my driver's license or other photo ID before I could vote, I was annoyed. I had been voting at the same place, with the same address, with the same signature on the books, for some time.

    It was explained to me that this was a new law to prevent voter fraud.

    Gradually, and grudgingly, I came to accept it. After all, who doesn't have a photo ID? It's very easy to get, even if you don't drive.

  • The dismissal of the city manager

    There is obviously more than meets the eye when it comes to the dismissal of Jim Coleman as the city manager of Williston.

    There were references to unhappy city employees, projects not followed through and the treatment of the city clerk during Tuesday's meeting when Coleman was fired.

    For my part, I can only say that all the dealings I had with Coleman were positive. He was always accessible for information. I am sorry to see him go.

    Now comes the interesting part, figuring out how to go about hiring someone new.

  • Make people wear seatbelts

    There is one law in Florida that I have been fighting for years. Maybe something is finally going to happen.

    Under current law, a law enforcement officer is not allowed to stop someone just because they don't have a seatbelt on. They can only be cited if they are stopped for some other reason.

    There reportedly is a bill in the Legislature that would change that. Hopefully, it will go through.

    Normally I'm not in favor of more government intervention. However, sometimes you just have to legislate something to overcome people's lack of judgment.

  • Mailbox baseball isn't legal

    Editor:

  • Airport response

    Editor:

    For incoming City Council member Shoemaker to call the Airport Committee members self-serving is both an insult to this dedicated group of citizen volunteers, but also unjust and unfair. They are a diverse group (pilots, a mortgage broker, local business owners, a clergyman, council representatives, and the City Manager/Airport Manager) who spend many hours not only working toward improvement of the Williston Municipal Airport and Industrial Park, but also for economic development and job creation on behalf of Williston area residents.