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Today's Opinions

  • Motorists should look out for bikers

    Saturday, Sept. 25, around 3 p.m, a man named Bob was killed.
    No  big deal, after all he was on a motorcycle. That's how the court system seems to view this useless and not so significant death.
    But on Sept. 25 around 3 o'clock our brother and friend Biker Bob was killed in an accident with a 2002 Ford pickup. The man in the pickup went by the auction that was on State Road 26, wanted to get back to it, and made a U-turn in front of Robert J. Carrier. A man is dead, and that's the cold harsh truth.

  • Thank you from the Worthingtons

    The Worthington Family would like to take this time and opportunity to thank our family, friends and Concord Baptist Church for all their prayers, food, flowers and visits during the time of our loss of my husband, father and grandfather.  Thank you again for everything. 

    The Worthington Family
    Sandra Hodge
    Chiefland

  • Why Amendment 4 is a good idea based on Yankeetown’s experience

    1. Fosters a sense of community and personal involvement

  • Budgets bring out the worst in us...

    I love summer. Summer is glorious in Florida.
    It's hot, humid, sticky. Beer pool season.
    It's also budget time.
    I don't know who in their evil mind set government's fiscal year to begin on Oct. 1, but they ruin summer for everyone with it. There must be a special place in hell reserved for the person who came up with this idea.
    The timetable has government body is struggling with balancing revenues and expenses into a budget during the hottest, most uncomfortable part of the year.

  • Eric Duquette: Part 1

    Judy Duquette of Smithfield, Rhode Island, clearly remembers when in 1993 her then 18-month-old son began changing.
    “Until then, it looked like things were going well for Eric,” said 48-year-old Duquette in a telephone interview. “He'd been saying about 12 different words and suddenly around 18 months those words were gone. He began having poor eye contact, wouldn't point to things or engage us, and had poor coordination. He lined things up. He would pile his toys into a mountain in his room and had little interest in playing with them.”

  • Eric Duquette: Part 2

    Last week, I featured Judy and son Eric Duquette. In the mid-'90s, a physician diagnosed then 3-year-old Eric with autism, which meant he had a wide range of developmental challenges including being nonverbal to having no interest in interacting with others.
    Soon thereafter, Duquette began engaging Eric in purposeful interaction every waking hour. She tirelessly modified his inappropriate behaviors and taught communication skills. For years, she poured her life and love into her son. She homeschooled and had public school help. The results?

  • Support Amendment 4

    My support for Amendment 4 to Florida’s Constitution known as the “Hometown Democracy Amendment” is very much related to my professional experiences over the last 60 years as a practicing architect, planner, participating citizen and educator. I have long observed myths related to continued population increase and economic growth in Florida.

  • Flood assistance possible for Levy County residents

    During our most recent flooding events I was contacted by many people in Levy County who were asking for help with recovery. After meeting with numerous individuals and homeowner groups I was able to bring local organizations together to help some of our residents. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inglis /Yankeetown Lion’s Club, Master’s Hand Food Pantry and Daystar for their contributions. All were able, in their own ways, to improve the lives of those in need and help them through difficult times.