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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Editor

    Many years ago the federal government "gave" an airport to the city of Williston as a grant. The gift had many strings attached so the government could take it back just as they took it from the farmer in 1942. The only difference is they will not have to compensate Williston when they take it back. The city of Williston is in effect a property manager for the federal government and receives no pay for this service.

  • Editor:

    Our beautiful Pomeranian, Rosie, wandered off on Thursday, June 5.

    We frantically looked for her, called friends and neighbors and everyone we knew to be on the look out for her, but to no avail.

    After a sleepless night, I called the nearby Williston Veterinary Clinic "just in case!" I was told they had my dog. A lady found her out on SR 121 and brought her in to them.

  • One of my favorite television shows is "Monk." Tony Shaloub is a great actor who plays an obsessive compulsive. One of the scenes shown in the preview is when Shaloub is being searched with a detector wand and he bends in awkward positions to avoid being touched by the device.

    That's how I felt last week as I attended the Florida Press Association convention in Orlando. On Thursday, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, spoke to the group.

  • When I first came to Williston and found out that graduation was in Gainesville, I was a bit surprised. Chiefland, Cedar Key and Bronson all hold their commencements at the schools. Then last year I went to graduation for the first time, and it was pretty good. I was still wondering how I would like traveling out of town for a Williston ceremony. This week, I went again, and I've come to the conclusion that my first impression was wrong. Going to the University of Florida's Center for the Performing Arts is a great thing, and I applaud whoever thought of it originally.