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This column is called Good News.
It reports both varieties of good news: good as in feel good news and good news as in good news to use.
Last week, it was about news your could use: Vice Mayor Theresa Barron's quest to have the city buy, rather than lease lighted Christmas decorations. Mayor Teal Pomeroy said he would like to see businesses buy and sponsor lights.
Here's the feel good news: More people voted than usual in the Citizen online Christmas lights poll. By Tuesday evening there were 53 votes.
There were four options:
• Have businesses sponsor them
• Buy 'em, they're an investment
• No decorating, we can't afford it
• Let's stick with leasing them
The online poll is off the site today. But you can continue to vote by email and dropping us a line in snail mail with your choice.
It would be wonderful if businesses could just drop a $230 check for the light of their choice in the mail along with a vote for business sponsorship.
And businesses have a few months to get 'er done.
That's because the Chiefland City Commission brought up the matter in Monday's meeting even though it was not on the agenda.
They have decided to go with the lease for another year. There's a clause that allows the city to end it with adequate notice. That notice would come in the summer months when the city can buy the decorations at a steep discount — one that is not available in August.
The commissioners voiced the hope that the economy will improve enough to allow them to find money for the decorations. And they know that like the city, businesses are hard pressed to find the money for new Christmas decorations, even if they are marked down 40 percent.
My $20 is down. Maybe I can sell a couple of cakes to get the remaining $210. Or maybe I can persuade new County Commissioner Chad Johnson, a noted charity auctioneer, to sell a couple of cakes for enough money to buy a decoration.
I'm hoping to buy a lovely candle for just the right location. That's because candles, like newspapers shed light.
Of course, the city is already worrying about which lights folks will pick out.
“What if they all choose a Star of David and we have 20 Star of David decorations?”
Well, for goodness' sake, that's OK. Especially in this area.
The guy who founded this county, David Levy, was Jewish.
And the man who lends his name to Christmas, He was also Jewish.