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Today's Opinions

  • When is dead really dead?

    One of the strange stories of the past week comes out of Texas, and it really can raise some ethical questions.

    A 31-year-old man was injured four months ago in an ATV accident. He was declared brain-dead, but kept alive artificially so his organs could be harvested.

    But recently, when officials were ready to work on him ... he moved.

    Turns out he had been alive all the time, and even heard the doctor pronounce him dead.

    Now he's recovering and says he feels pretty good, according to an Associated Press story.

  • Lottery and school funding

    Like many Floridians, I play the lottery, usually Lotto. I don't go overboard with the amount I spend, and occasionally I win a few bucks.

    When you see a report such as the one the Florida Lottery put out last weekend, though, it makes you think.

    In an insert in many Sunday newspapers throughout the state, lottery officials published an eight-page, full-color report of how much money has been spent on education from lottery proceeds.

  • About the Williston Airport

    Editor:

    My husband and I are private pilots and we frequently visit the Williston Airport. We enjoy visiting the airport because of its friendly atmosphere and have been involved in the annual activities.

  • Government and the sunshine

    Sunshine Week has arrived once again.

    No, that's not a weather report. It's the annual week where we make all people aware of their rights under open government. It started in Florida but has spread nationwide.

    This year the observance starts on March 16.

    Our state has two main "Sunshine Laws," one requiring open meetings and the other requiring open public records.

    Through the years, exemptions to these laws, especially public records, have climbed, and it's time for legislators to go back to the original intent, which was to make everything open.

  • What time is it? I have no idea

    Just when I was used to getting up at a certain hour, I'm going to have to start waking up during what seems like the middle of the night.

    It's time to turn the clocks ahead for daylight-saving time.

    That means that when the alarm goes off at 5:30 or 6 a.m. next Monday, my body is immediately going to say, "No, it's only 4:30." Too bad, body. It's time to rise and shine.

  • It's time to vote again

    Somewhere in the past, someone in Florida decided not to hold city elections on Election Day. So here we are, just a few weeks after the presidential primary election, ready to hold a city election next Tuesday.

    There are a couple of issues on the ballot. One has to do with economic growth, which would allow tax exemptions to entice businesses to move here.

    It's a necessary evil, given the competitive climate throughout the state of communities that want the jobs that go with new industry and/or business.

  • Choking game isn't fun

    Children Die Playing the "Choking Game"

    For the first time, the federal government has counted the number of youths who have died from the so-called "choking game" and discovered at least 82 deaths.

  • Hospice of the Nature Coast

    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.