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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t let seasonal spikes become the new normal for utility bills

    Dr. J. Robert McClure

    ContextFlorida

    Floridians aren’t surprised when they see seasonal spikes on their utility bills. A lengthy cold snap in January or lingering summer heat can send their energy bills soaring like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

    Fortunately, in a state blessed by ocean breezes and a climate ranging from temperate to subtropical, there’s welcome relief in the months when temperatures — and utility bills — remain in the moderate range.

  • Letters Policy

     The Chiefland Citizen welcomes reader input on topics of local interest. To be considered for publication, submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bag ban to face hurdles in The Sunshine State

    By Bruce Ritchie

    ContextFlorida

    Florida won’t follow California on bag ban because of a 2008 law requiring a study.

    California became the first state in the nation recently to ban disposable single-use plastic shopping bags.

    The ban is needed, supporters said, to reduce litter and protect birds and sea life from becoming entangled in bags. The ban also prevents bags from clogging storm drains or winding up in landfills.

  • How the First District Court of Appeal ignored Florida voters

    Martin Dyckman

    ContexTFlorida

    Voters across Florida cast ballots in November 2000 to say whether they wanted to continue electing most of their circuit and county court judges or would let the governor appoint them.

    Election was the overwhelming favorite everywhere. In Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, which comprise the Fourth Circuit, it was the choice of 69.3 percent of the voters.

    This week, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal had a message for them:

    Drop dead.

  • Amendment 2 not needed; we already have Charlotte’s Web

    Barney Bishop

    ContexTFlorida

    As time goes by, it appears that Amendment 2 is facing serious opposition from likely voters.

    Though the press has loved quoting a flawed Quinnipiac Poll that showed 88 percent of voters were in support, once pollsters began asking the question as it would appear on the ballot, support has dropped significantly to somewhere between 56 percent and 61 percent.

  • Voters aren’t apathetic; They’re sick of political lies

    By Stephen L. Goldstein

    ContexTFlorida

    Post-primary punditry about low voter turnout in Florida (especially in Democrat-rich Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties) is as predictable and prolific as it is paltry.

    Adding up the numbers, analysts–I use the term loosely–have come to the unremarkable conclusion that Charlie Crist’s chances of defeating Rick Scott are in doubt.

    Henny Penny’s sky is alleged to be falling down.

  • Mass murder exposes dysfunction in DCF regional office

    By Andrew Skerritt

    ContexTFlorida

    The state’s Department of Children and Families Northeast Region, which was responsible for the safety of the six children massacred by their grandfather in the rural town of Bell, drastically needs new leadership.

  • Thanks yous from a family, Chamber

    Thanks, from the family

    The family of John Rutledge thanks each person who participated in the planning and presentation of the dedication of the Bronson High School football field to John Rutledge.

    Anyone who knew him knows that he was a sportsaholic and would have been so proud of this honor.

    A special thanks to Supt. Bob Hastings, School Board, especially Cameron Asbell, Mr. John Lott, the staff at BHS and many others. Bronson High will always be in our hearts.

    Thanks, from the Chamber