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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Data miners have ally in Florida DMV

    When you apply for a license to drive in the state, you are required to provide the Department of Motor Vehicles a lot of personal information, such as your Social Security number, your address and date of birth. This is information reasonably required by the state in order to license drivers.

  • Editorial cartoon for August 4
  • County government – it's heart warming

    In the June 30 issue of the Chiefland Citizen, there was an editorial “Personal agendas? Or betterment of county.”  
    Let’s review the history over the last several years of actions taken by our county government.
    Along with two of our county commissioners being indicted and convicted on corruption charges, we also have a local businessman who it seems instructed an undercover, federal agent on how to grease (coaching) the palms of the local politicians.

  • A little help?

    To whom it may concern,
    My name is Beth Warren and I’m a recent graduate from Chiefland High School, but instead of going to college in the fall I will be taking a “gap year.” I was accepted into a non-profit organization at the beginning of  the summer called Global Citizen Year. Only 50 to 60 students are selected from all over the country.

  • Time for some clarification

    TAXPAYERS!  It is time for a little clarification to the public and public officials.
    Over the past few years, we have had a tremendous budget shortfall that resulted in the previous commissioners being forced to adopt a deficit budget. 
    According to Wikipedia, a budget (from old French bougette, purse) is a list of all planned expenses and revenues. It is a plan for saving and spending.  This deficit budget means that we had to plan to spend about $2 million more than we take in.
    Now for clarification, this happened for several reasons.

  • OUR VIEW: Closing the blinds in the sunshine

    All political power is inherent in the people.
    Article I, Section 1, Florida State Constitution

    All meetings of any collegial public body of the executive branch of state government or of any collegial public body of a county, municipality, school district, or special district, at which official acts are to be taken or at which public business of such body is to be transacted or discussed, shall be open and noticed to the public...
    Article I, Section 24 (b), Florida State Constitution

  • Quote of the Week for July 28

    “We have concerns with those local
    government
    numbers.”

    Rebecca Rust, Agency for Workforce Innovation, state unemployment agency, after the June jobless report showed the biggest hit was in local government employment, which reportedly lost 1,700 jobs, from 14,200 to 12,500 since May, while state and federal jobs experienced no change.

    Local jobless story: http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/unemployment-levy-rises-111

  • Keep those pets cool

    As temperatures repeatedly reach over ninety degrees, we need to take some extra precautions with our furry friends. When leaving an animal outdoors, take the time to make sure there is plenty of shade and water available. An open shelter that provides cover and lets wind blow through is suggested. It's nice to provide drinking water in the shelter, too, though it's not absolutely necessary.