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Today's Opinions

  • Neva Mae Gribble

    Neva Mae Gribble, 84, of Chiefland died April 24, 2009 in Trenton.

    She was born Neva Mae Hapner in Shepherd, Mich. and moved to Florida in 1996.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Rex Potter in 1999 and husband Roy Gribble in 2004.

    She was a loving mother and grandmother.

  • Bible is key for understanding literature, culture, self

    Bring up the importance of the Bible and two reactions are common: unquestioning zeal for God’s literal word, and anger. Both reactions stem from defensive points of view: defense of the faith; and defense of the self from those eager to impose belief.

    I would like to offer an alternative that has nothing to do with arguments about faith or truth.

    The Bible is important because its proverbs, its stories and its mythologies underpin art and literature in Western Civilization.

  • The call was issued and you are answering

    Lubcho Michevski is not as alone as he thinks he is.

    Less than 24 hours after my column about his desire to return to his native Bulgaria appeared April 2, calls, e-mails, letters and money started showering my office at the Chiefland Citizen.

    The people of Levy County and the surrounding area, in fact, the world, felt compassion and many stepped up to the plate offering any help they could.

  • Adieu, my friends, but never goodbye

    I’ve always been a countdown-er. Fourteen weeks until the baby’s due date. Six weeks until Christmas. A month until vacation. Three days until the weekend.

    For two weeks now, I’ve been counting down the days until May 6–my last day at the Chiefland Citizen.

    Journalists, by their very nature, are transient.

    We’re always looking for better jobs, better opportunities, better positions, better money.

    Some of us make lateral moves and for a variety of reasons.

  • A Lubcho Michevski Update

    Donations and offers of help continue to come in almost daily to assist Chiefland resident and Bulgarian-born Lubcho Michevski return to his native country. (Chiefland Citizen April 2 and April 16)

    A bank account for donations will be soon established and information on how you can help will be published in the newspaper in the weeks to come.

     

  • Tough decisions now will make a better Florida later

    As many of you know, the legislature recently met in a special session to make significant cuts to the state’s budget for the current fiscal year. This special session was called as a direct result of the economic downturn our nation, our state and our individual communities have all been experiencing. This downturn led to subsequent cuts to many programs and it will definitely shape the policies we implement, as well as the final budget we pass during the upcoming regular session.

  • We have to help Lubcho go home

    Lubcho Michevski is a heart-broken stranger in a foreign land.

    You may not know him by name, but if you’ve driven through Chiefland much over the past decade, you have perhaps passed him as he walked from one errand to another making the daily trek from his home near Manatee Springs into town, about 12 miles round trip.

    Or maybe you ate food he prepared while he was the cook at Bar-B-Q Bill’s.

    Lubcho is a familiar sight around town. Short and stocky with a balding pate, khaki shorts and dark socks, he walks a lot.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I am married to a teacher that has been pinked slipped. I feel that I must state that Mr. Stewart did indeed join the DROP program and is in the extended DROP as Teachers did have the option to continue in DROP for an additional three years, which does not constitute “double-dipping”.  Even though he is at the top of his pay scale, I can assure you that his salary is still less than what the Superintendent and Principals are making and these administrative personnel are not even in the classroom teaching the future leaders of Levy County.