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Opinion

  • Global warming? So why am I shivering?

    It’s Tuesday morning, and my fingers are still thawing out from the wind-chill driven cold. And it’s supposed to be colder tonight.

    It’s snowing up north and out west, too.

    So don’t give me any more of this global warming stuff. It’s April, it’s Florida, and it’s not supposed to be like this.

  • Thirty years ago, if I had tried to write a column like this, I would have been labeled a “young whippersnapper” or worse.

    But now that I’m older and it could affect me in the not-too-distant future, it’s a question that has to be asked:

    When is a person too old to drive?

    I have some personal experience in this. When my mother died in 1997, my dad was 81.

    When we got to Ocala, there were funeral arrangements to be made, so we got in dad’s car (at his insistence) and drove to the funeral home downtown.

  • Sometimes kids have to grow up a lot faster than they should.

    That was the case for the Williston High School baseball players, who had to deal with tragedy in their ranks when the sister of one of their teammates died Tuesday morning in an accident.

    Tiffany Poupard, 29, was the victim. Her brother, Andrew, is an infielder for the varsity baseball team.

    It made for a long, emotional day for the Red Devils, who capped it off by defeating Fort White, 7-4, Tuesday night.

    The game almost didn’t get played.

  • Editor:

    Three days after the Florida Public Service Commission allowed Progress Energy to trim its bills by 11 percent, they have filed to raise its rates again with the PSC. What is it they just don’t get about the current economic conditions here in Florida?

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. board of directors, I would like to personally thank you the community, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for your recent support to the second annual “Bark-N-Purr” Charity Concert - Barbecue Cook-Off. This event could not have been a success without the help of you, the community, and the many other sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who donated their time and support.

  • This is Sunshine Week in the state of Florida.

    No, it’s not a tourism come-on to entice northerners to visit our state. It deals with open government in our state and the right of the people to know what’s going on in their local and state governments.

    There are two major laws that pertain to open government. One is called the Government in the Sunshine law, and it requires, with some exceptions, all meetings of governing and advisory boards of cities and counties to hold public meetings.

  • What’s going to happen to the kids?

    No one seems to be answering that question as school systems throughout the state cut budgets and programs and teachers.

    The real big blows haven’t hit Levy County yet, but in nearby areas things are really looking bleak.

    Marion County had a big celebration honoring its rookie teacher of the year, but then it was announced that all first and second-year teachers would be laid off, all 522 of them, and that includes the honoree.

  • Editor:

    On Tuesday, March 3, 2009 there was a city-wide race for one contested City Council seat which was all that was on the ballot.

    Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, although I am sure there are some that will not believe me. Debra ran a good, clean and commendable race and I congratulate her on her victory.

  • There’s nothing like a trip to Orlando to make you appreciate what you have around here.

    The journey came Saturday to watch the basketball game between Williston and Orlando Jones.

    Traffic is horrible around Orlando.

    I don’t like to drive too much at night, so I usually stay over. Just getting to the motel was an adventure as I tried to negotiate John Young Parkway, which is now a crawlway, having lost the purpose for which it was built many years ago.

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  • They ambled slowly up U.S. 27 approaching Levy County from Ocala.

    Donna Byrne and her two horses are making a trip to Montana, and obviously they've got a long way to go.

    On Monday when we caught up with her between Fellowship and Blitchton, she was going to spend the night in Bronson. Instead, she didn't even get to the city limits of Williston, spending the night at Frog's Barbecue.

    She then caused a stir Tuesday as she came down Noble Avenue through the heart of Williston.

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who helped to make our annual Installation of Officers dinner a great success.

    First, our Chamber Board of Directors worked tirelessly to organize the venue, menu, door prizes, decorations, silent auction and diamond and gem giveaway. Because of their efforts we were able to provide a fresh new Installation evening for all who attended.

  • When I was a little kid, growing up in the frozen tundra of northern New Jersey, this time of year was just getting to be a drag as winter seemingly never let up.

    But near the end of February there was something on the radio that gave hope to all of us who were ready to shed the heavy coats and boots. It was the voices of Russ Hodges, Red Barber and Mel Allen, and in the background you could tell they were broadcasting a live baseball game.

    Spring training had begun.

  • Editor,

    I am responding to your letter in last week’s “Editor’s Column” regarding school uniforms.

    While many people perceive that school uniforms promote pride and unity, there is no substantial evidence to prove that theory. There are hundreds, if not thousands of studies on the Internet on school uniforms (I’ve looked at several hundred myself this past week since the issue of school uniforms was proposed).

  • efending the First Amendment is something that many newspapers do routinely. When it comes to open meetings and public records, it’s easy. (More on that in an upcoming column).

    Other times, when it seems to go against public perception, it’s not so simple. But when something appears to be unconstitutional, or at least questionable, it’s the job of the newspaper to point it out.

  • We got some violent phone calls in the past couple of days from people who were objecting to the red light cameras. Work was evidently going on at the intersections, and signs were posted at the entrance to the city.

    There are some legitimate concerns about the cameras, which are used by many communities. Can the camera show who is driving a car? It might be registered to someone who never drives it. Will a citation be sent to someone who doesn’t even drive that car? How will that work?

  • When I was a kid, I went to a Catholic school for 12 years. In elementary school, I wore blue pants, a white shirt and a blue tie. There were no exceptions.

    Things changed in high school. I still had to wear a shirt and tie (of any color), but now I had to wear either a suit jacket or a school sweater (this was in New Jersey).

    In all 12 years, I wore dress shoes to school ... no sneakers. Of course, in those days sneakers were not a status symbol.

  • With all the news this week, who knows where to start?

    Obviously, the big story is the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Suffice to say, though, that the honeymoon will soon be over, and he’ll find himself facing the same problems and decisions as most of his predecessors. So we just have to sit back and see how it goes.

    A group of local citizens arranged an outdoors inauguration-watching gathering on Tuesday. Several people showed up, but probably not as many as expected. The main reason was that the weather was very Washington, D.C.-like.

  • Editor:

  • Editor:

    I recently read a couple of articles about the possible appointments for the Board of County Commissioners. I noticed there were several names of highly qualified individuals.

    I also noticed there were several individuals that did not live in those two respective Districts.

    If the Governor appoints someone for these two respective Districts who lives outside the respective Districts this might raise a few questions. By all appearances the Statutes and Ordinances dictate that a person serving on the Commission must reside in that particular District.