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Opinion

  • Editor:

    Hospice of the Nature Coast is proud to be a member of the north central Florida community. Indeed, from the moment we began serving this area, your welcome couldn't have been filled with more warmth as the citizens of north central Florida recognize they now have a choice when it comes to the hospice and palliative care they wish to receive.

  • Editor:

    Holiday Hope wants to thank all our citizens, businesses, organizations, students and medical personnel for the help extended to us in 2007.

    Once again, with your help, we were able to see that approximately 350 local children had a Merry Christmas.

    This task could not have been achieved without your kindness, and willingness to become involved with helping children in our community. You are definitely the key to our success.

    Once again, thank you.

    Jean Bain

    Holiday Hope, Inc., president

  • You can have a lot of fun on Northwest First Avenue these days, watching people perform what has become a forgotten art: parallel parking.

    In its infinite wisdom, the city came along and authorized removal of all angle parking in front of the Williston Pioneer Sun News office and alongside City Hall. No action has been taken on the angle parking in front of the post office yet.

    The first people to get those spaces can easily coast in, as long as the first car moves all the way up to the front and then the spaces are filled in behind them.

  • Listen, carefully. I'm a member of the Audubon Society. I believe in the protection of birds. That's why I'm deeply offended by the nickname, Bronson Eagles. I demand that it be changed.

    Sound absurd? Of course it does. And I'm not really in the Audubon Society, although I did have a couple of parakeets when I was growing up.

    Worrying about school nicknames is, to me, a waste of time. There are far more important things to be concerned about.

  • PAYING FOR ACCIDENTS: A few weeks ago we had an interesting discussion in Williston about having accident victims pay for the cost of having police answer the calls. That drew a large outcry from city folks who say they already pay through taxes, and also from those who might not be at fault in the accidents.

    Last week out of the Ocala City Council meeting came a plan that addresses both of those concerns.

    Ocala is working with the company Cost Recovery to recover the costs of police response to accidents, taking into account the complaints listed above.

  • Editor:

    I was born and raised in Williston; I graduated in 1981 and soon after I joined the United States Marine Corps. I served 23 years, retiring in 2003; during that time I visited family and friends when the opportunity arose or when unexpected sad occasions happened.

    This particular visit was because of the death of my sister, whom we all know as Diane. I mentioned this because it was the death of my sister that brought me back to Williston to raise several questions.

  • To our readers and advertisers:

    The recent announcement by Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of our newspaper, to consider strategic alternatives that might include the sale of this newspaper and others was made Jan. 3. The original announcement appeared on the Pioneer Web site at about noon on that date.

  • This is something I've been wanting to propose for a long time, but have held off because we had an incumbent elected school superintendent.

    Now that Cliff Norris has declared his intention not to run for re-election, it's time to look at the advantages of having an appointed, rather than elected, superintendent.

  • There was an old song called Sidewalks of New York. It started out "East side, west side, all around the town."

    Right now we feel like we're in a show called the Sidewalks of Williston.

    About a month ago some workers came along and put down a sidewalk all the way along Northwest First Avenue.

    The block in front of our building was the final step.

  • Just a few weeks ago, I wrote what a good time I had at the Levy County Fair.

    That really hasn't changed, but a few revelations about the financial condition of the Fair have put a new spin on things.

    Forget the legal problems; they should clear up. It's the fact that the Fair is in the red that should concern people, especially local governments.

    By the way, if you pledged money to the Fair Association to help with expenses, and you haven't lived up to you pledge, please do so. But that's another matter.

  • Editor:

    Just a little update. Thanks to the editorial you ran in the paper a few weeks back on the 18 Arabian horses rescued in Alachua County, I have received the following letter from the Sheriff's Department stating that they agree that their current policies were lacking in matters of animal abuse cases. They have confirmed that after reviewing my letters and being persistent in what transpired with these horses, they have rewritten the policy on the handling of animal abuse cases.

  • Editor:

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the lack of Christmas lit homes this year?

    After the fiasco with the electric bills, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

    Christmas is not about the lights, but they do bring holiday cheer.

    Who doesn't enjoy driving around and admiring the light displays that people work so hard on?

    This year is different though. Combining the two blocks in our neighborhood, only two homes have lights and decorations. Out of 24 homes. Only TWO!!!

  • When you get a little older, the years just seem to fly by.

    That's the case for me, as I find it hard to believe that it's almost 2008. Growing up, I can remember when a book like 1984 and a movie such as 2001: A Space Odyssey were science fiction.

    Now, a lot of the "Big Brother" mentality in 1984 is surfacing, and we have people wandering around space as if it were their own back yards.

    I'd rather stick to the problems here on Earth as we head into the new year, and not worry about asteroids striking Mars or other such things.

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club I would like to thank the Williston community for their overwhelming support of this year's Christmas Parade and Light Up Williston. The Junior Woman's Club has sponsored the Christmas Parade for many years and this year we also sponsored the Light Up Williston festivities. Our club feels these events bring joy to many in the area and are worthy of our support.

  • Editor:

    I would like to thank Ryan's Deli for donating to the Sunshine Group Home their extra bread. Ryan's Deli is located on Main Street, great place to eat. Welcome Ryan's to Williston.

    Sunshine Group Home for mentally challenged. It is a ALF home.

    This home is located at 719 N. Main St.. They accept any donations, of food, clothes,Christmas gifts for the residents. Come on Williston, show that you care.

    Barbara Allen

    Williston

  • We're soon to arrive in 2008, which is a presidential year.

    You could have fooled me. I thought the election has been going on for more than a year already.

    Things change so fast you can ignore, or forget, what is past. What would your reaction have been if six months ago I told you that Mike Huckabee was a front-runner in Iowa among Republicans?

  • Letter to the editor

    We had been open for business for less than a week, hardly prepared for Nov. 19, when Kathleen, a financially strapped, lovely young mother of two young children, walked through our door with an emaciated, gaunt dog and a box full of faint whimpering noises. Three weeks ago, Kathleen started caring for a stray dog hanging around the house which now had eight puppies barely clinging to life due to malnutrition, dehydration, fleas, worms and ticks among other problems.

  • Letter to the editor

    I have read Cheri McDemott's letter on the 18 Arabians that were removed from their life of neglect and abuse from their owners and sent back to hell. What kind of animal protection laws is this legal system enforcing?

  • We've been bombarded by technology from all sides recently, and some of it has not gone smoothly, as many readers are aware.

    If you're reading this in print, I'm quite happy, because it means we got the newspaper out this week on a new technological system.

    If you're reading this online, then I'm happy, because with all the Web site problems it's the little things, like getting stories on there in a timely fashion, that please us.

  • Editor:

    It seems to me that Nancy Bell is working hard for the residents of this county, at times standing alone. The latest disagreement with fellow commissioners has been the landfill tipping increases. She was against the increase.

    Yes, it may have been a long time since there has been an increase. But, I agree it is ?too much at one time.?