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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On Sunday, March 15, 2009 I found mself in a situation I’m not very familiar with. I have spent many years responding and assiting people with medical emergencies, on this particular afternoon I began not feeling well, upon insistence of my family, 911 was called. Both Williston fire department and Levy County Emergency Medical Services responded.

  • What? Me worry?

    It took over 40 years but somehow I have managed to stop being a compulsive worrier.

    I wasn’t born with the affliction nor did I learn it from my mother, who was in a constant state of frenzy, tackling not only her worries but those of everyone she knew–and oftentimes those of people she had only heard of.

    I’m not sure when I started worrying, but I think it probably coincided with being a mother for the first time.

    And from that point on, it snowballed into a self-contained epidemic in my own head.

  • Social Security statement helps Americans save

    More than 100 national groups and hundreds of local organizations recently participated in America Saves Week. Social Security was proud to be one of them.

  • Letters to the Editor

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  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I have been around horses for most of my 62 years. I have been an equine professional since the mid 80s, my wife even longer.

    According to Pony Club of America studies 84 percent of horse falls result in concussion. When a safety helmet is worn with the proper ASTM specifications that probability drops to 18 percent. Knowing this fact, plus the recent death of Liam Neeson’s wife, who in their right mind would not demand that their children wear a proper helmet?

  • Ancient tale features beauty queen with smarts

    The Book of Esther tells the tale of how an orphan girl rises to power and saves her people from genocide. One of only three biblical books named for women - Ruth and Susanna being the other two - the Book of Esther has all the ingredients of a fairy tale: a beautiful heroine, a powerful king, an evil villain, intrigue, secrets, suspense, comeuppance, and a happy ending. The book touches on themes of gender roles, respect for and defiance of authority, fidelity to one’s own heritage, and selflessness.

  • Explore women authors for Women’s History Month

    The following American authors and works should bring hours of intellectual engagement to anyone interested in how women portray life and living in times past as people across the nation celebrate Women’s History Month.