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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.