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Today's Opinions

  • Actions speak louder than words

    To the editor:

    I write this letter in reference to last week’s letter you received from our Levy County Property Appraiser, entitled “Setting the Record Straight”, I too don’t like to air things out through the media and that’s why when I read the statement that said that Mr. Carnegie and myself called a press conference concerning Mrs. Mary Golding being fired, I was shocked. We never called a press conference but we were contacted by the Chiefland Citizen to be interviewed just as Mr. Barker. Therefore it has become necessary for me to respond.

  • This is the week of dibs and dabs

    If the report on the Levy County budget situation was not clear, that’s because it is not. About the only thing that could be divined is that fuel taxes are going down. Sales taxes are also down.

    Granted there will be a hiccup now and then, but overall, expect taxes to keep shrinking.

    The only sure thing is the Board of County Commissioners will be keeping an eye on spending, and the public can expect a discussion on where cuts could be made.

  • We need an interim commissioner

    We live in Levy County where only three of our five county commissioners are on the job.

    And Tuesday proved to be the day some folks learned what could happen if one of those three was unable to carry out their duties.

    Folks were gathered for the regular meeting of the commission. But Chair Nancy Bell was not there.

    Folks waited and fidgeted and wondered aloud where she was. Did something happen to her?

  • Setting the record straight

    It has now become necessary that I make this statement concerning my decision to terminate Mrs. Mary Golding. My hope was that this situation would not have to be aired out in the media, for the sake of how this situation can damage the reputations of myself, the office, and Mrs. Golding. I myself have worked hard over the past years to be involved in the community and to lead a life that I hope will draw honor and glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because he is Worthy.

  • Social Security Resolutions for 2009

    The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions for the year ahead.

    In past years, Social Security has suggested resolutions such as to plan ahead for your retirement, check your Social Security Statement, and safeguard your Social Security card and number. This year, we’d like to turn the tables and pledge to you our own resolutions as an agency. In 2009 Social Security resolves to …

  • New year, new president, same old problems

    Some people might categorize me as a skeptic. Maybe I am but I am in agreement with good old Benjamin Franklin who reputedly said, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” This philosophy was probably a result of inventing the bifocals.

    My personal history has shown that every time I get my hopes up they are soundly dashed to the ground in disappointment. I often refer to myself as an optimistic-pessimist; I know for sure things are going to go wrong. And, I am rarely disappointed in that aspect of life.

  • Regarding Troy McClain

    Perhaps you remember Troy McClain appearing on Donald Trump's highly rated “The Apprentice” television show in 2004. Since then, besides starting numerous business ventures, McClain ultimately became a passionate worldwide advocate for people with disabilities, including being an official spokesperson for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Idaho beginning February 7.

  • In with a bang; out with a sigh . . . 2008–goodbye

    While I always look forward to the dawn of a new year, I am nonetheless saddened by the passing of the old year.

    Most people celebrate New Year’s Eve as a time to cast away the old and embrace the new. I do too, to a certain extent, but there’s always a small bit of the evening that I claim as a reflective period to remember, to mourn and of course, to laugh.

    2008 started off with a huge bang–literally.