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Today's Opinions

  • In defense of the animals

    Editor:

    My family and I have been volunteering at the Billiar/Davis Sanctuary for several months. We have known Dr. Billiar in a professional capacity for two years. We have also had the honor and privilege of providing foster care for an endangered ape. As you know after one year of age, they can no longer be kept in a private residence. Lucky little ape, he now lives the life of Riley at Sue and Brian’s house.

  • D-day remembrance

    Editor:

  • Message to the graduates

    This is a yearly column by the editor, updated with latest information.

    This is a big weekend for many young people in Levy County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for most Levy County schools this weekend, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • Are children safe?

    There was a recent story that should have sent a little bit of anxiety through all the parents in Levy County.

    The attempted kidnapping of two young boys from Joyce Bullock Elementary School in Williston recently points out how vulnerable our children can be. Joyce Bullock has fences around it, but it is a huge campus and it's impossible for the faculty to keep an eye on all children once school is dismissed.

    Ultimately, the safety of children is a parent's responsibility, but all of us have trusted our children to the schools at one time or another.

  • Memories on Memorial Day

    White grave markers and bright red, white and blue flags as far as the eye could see … that was my first impression of Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell the first time I went around Memorial Day several years ago.

    There are those buried there who gave their lives in service of their country, but there are many more who served honorably, came home and lived full and productive lives, as my father did. Also buried there are their spouses, such as my mother.

  • A student's plea: Save our coach

    Editor: My name is Cheri, some know me by C.J. At this current moment I'm an 11th grade student here at Chiefland High school. I wanted next year to be the best year here for me and a lot of other students at Chiefland High, knowing that it is going to be the last year for a lot of us. Unfortunately it won't be. Why, you ask? Well, it's not that we are taking a cut in games for some sports, or that the lunches may not always be what we expect them to be, even though they have been a lot better. No, it's neither. It won't be such a good year here because some of our teachers have been cut.

  • Still one person short

    Maybe we should all send maps to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist with Levy County circled.

    Apparently, the governor has forgotten that we are still here.

    Last fall, the governor suspended two county commissioners who faced federal indictments. He also had a vacancy on the Levy County School Board after a member resigned.

    After several months, the governor finally filled the School Board seat and one of the County Commission spots in early March.

    That left us with one County Commission vacancy.

  • Some things change, but others...

    Let's see. Where were we?

    It was late in 2006 when I wrote a column saying I was leaving to become the editor in Williston, within the same company.

    Prophetically, the last sentence of that column read, "You won't get rid of me that easily." I was referring to the fact that my column would still appear occasionally, not realizing that someday I would be sitting here in the same office doing it again.

    So my first couple of days I drove around to see what had changed.