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Today's Opinions

  • Buying the baby

    I am guessing it was almost a year ago when the city was in the throes of its strapped financial situation and two new commission members were warming their seats that Fire Chief James Harris gave a speech on the history of Chiefland Fire Rescue, a story of small town volunteerism.

    Then he wrapped it up with a few selected bits of data and said moving forward the city would have to decide whether it wanted a volunteer organization or a paid, professional city department.

  • In our opinion: The public understands opinion driven by self-interest

    True journalists — those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives — hold one thing dear to their hearts–the sanctity of news.

    That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.

    The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place – the editorial page, under a header that reads, “Opinion.”

  • 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:

  • Thank you from the candidates

    From Chad Johnson:

  • A tangled web of issues

    I was going through copies of all my old editorials, (and there were quite a few) and to my surprise, most of the topics could have been written concerning the same problems Florida faces today!

    Environmental issues, conservation of water supplies, population growth, tourism, jobs, education and the big mirage (should I even mention it) the hospital!

    Oh, there were others, too many to mention.

  • We ruin public schools by holding back money, imposing demands

    By Marc Yacht

    ContexTFlorida

    Lee County must be commended for the courage to “just say no” to high-stakes testing.  Last week, the Lee County School Board voted to end all state-required testing in the county’s public schools.

    They have had enough with the Common Core agenda pushed by computer corporations and the Gates Foundation.

  • Letters for the week of August 28

    Thank you

    Words can never begin to express our thank you to the many people who lifted us up and supported us during the tragic accident and loss of our beloved little one, Joel Randle Chirieleison. Please know your kind words, thoughts, expressions of sympathy through cards, calls, flowers, food, etc. — but most importantly your prayers — helped us and are helping us get through this day by day. Thank you so much for everything.

  • On guns in America

    Adam Weinstein: NRA and its “Docs vs. Glocks” law treat gun owners like children

     I’ve been trying to catch up with Marion Hammer, the former president of the NRA and top lobbyist for the pro-gun group here in Florida, for years.