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Today's Opinions

  • A good bill

    A joint resolution (HJR 767 and SJR 942) has been filed to restore the Commissioner of Education to an elected position. Since 2003, the top education official in the state has been appointed by the State Board of Education which is appointed by the governor rather than elected by the people.

    If adopted by the Legislature, this Constitutional Amendment would be placed on the November 2016 General Election ballot and would need at least 60 percent voter approval to take effect.

  • Supports rezoning for RV resort

    Regarding the recreational RV resort on the property owned by Lois Livingston, I would like to mention some reasons for approval that I would like you to consider before judging this project.

    I do not live in the City of Chiefland, but for the past 21 years I have lived on Camp Azalea Road. I have watched many problems occur in the City of Chiefland over these many years. The project will be a most welcomed asset to all of us in this area.

  • Stunned by gift's rejection

    I am the organizer of the Southern Flag Pride group. This is relatively a new group established for the protection of the Southern Heritage and for the protection of our civil rights. We have had a very successful run, Williston to Dunnellon, which was mostly successful due to community support.

  • Giving respect to the deceased  

    My husband mentioned to me the other day as we were in the funeral procession with Jerry Prater on our way to Old Town Cemetery that it is so nice to see how many people remember to respect the deceased and the grieving family and friends by pulling off the road while the procession passes by.

  • Hunters must have ESP

    It really is fun to watch hunters this time of year. We are no different than any other group or even species.

    I would guess that every animal or mammal has trigger mechanisms – those things that happen that tell them something else is about to happen.

    For instance, we know that certain moon phases trigger certain types of behavior in some animals. We also know these trigger points have to do with aspects of how they were created. Some creatures hear at levels above or below that which a human can hear.

  • It's my mess and I love it

    In our house, we have a rule that has enabled us to live at peace with one another for more years than I can remember. That rule is simple, “Don’t mess with my space and I won’t mess with your space.”

    I must admit some rather close calls have challenged that relationship during those years. I will not say from which side of the house it came from; just that it was not my side.

    It must be quite difficult for someone like the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage whom, I must confess is a neat freak, and I am just a plain old messy freak.

  • Thank you from Iron Butts for Bucks

    I would like to personally thank the individuals and businesses that donated to the 2015 Iron Butts for Bucks event. Without their selflessness this event would not be a possible. We have successfully completed this event three years in a row and we still find donors that are more than willing to give to the cause. Thanks to you all from the riders, the facilities and the recipients of the donations.

    Donors:

    AMVETS Post 422

    AMVETS Post 422 Riders

    Americare Home Health Care

    Carl & Toni Dufour

  • Rippy Family needs our help

    Tanya and Waylon Rippy are friends of my daughter and their little girl Jaylon has been to our home, with my grand daughter.

    A sturgeon jumped into their boat and struck the mother, son and daughter. The five-year-old daughter died.

    This is a tragedy beyond belief.

    There is a fund set up for them on GoFundMe. Please if you can, contribute to the fund set up to help with the medical and funeral expenses.