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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Let's house out-of-county prisoners

    Editor:

    The 2008-2009 budget for the County is now upon us. The present BOCC already indicated a 15 percent reduction across the board for all departments. There is no doubt going to be a shortfall within the budget and costs are going to extremely tight not only for this year but also next year.

  • Safety first: Don't throw candy

    Elsewhere in today's paper you'll find a cautionary note from the city, urging parents to protect their children at the parade. Children often run out into the street to get their hands on thrown candy.

    I have a better idea - don't throw candy at all.

    During recent parades, it was noted that some organizations have people walk alongside the floats and give away the candy rather than throw it. That's the way it should be done, but only by adults, for reasons you will read below.