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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • States must work together to solve water conflict

    For two decades, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been battling over future water allocation in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin which straddles their borders. The dispute also involves a number of federal agencies, courts, and mediators. Its outcome is one of the most important issues facing the Southeast.

    On July 17, 2009, federal judge Paul Magnuson answered a key question that has dominated this 20-year water conflict-how much of the water in Lake Lanier can be legally used for metro Atlanta's water supply? His answer was stunning: none.

  • FDOT ignores safety needs in bike trails

    The walking, bicycling and trail community is stunned at the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) decision to single out walkers, bicyclists and trail users yet again, disproportionately cutting $24.7 million in Transportation Enhancements (TE) funds and another $3 million from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

  • Regarding Lubcho

    In the year since I wrote the column in the Chiefland Citizen asking our community to assist Lubcho Michevski in returning to his native Bulgaria, literally hundreds of people have offered help.

    Money, translators and people in government positions have come forward.

    The money is still being held for Lubcho’s needs. However, several personal checks were sent and they have been returned as we wait on Lubcho’s decision about his future.

  • Protecting sources means protecting the public

    During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.

  • The pain of leadership

    “You can't squeeze blood from a turnip”

    - Anonymous

    The Levy County Commission's budget workshop this week was painful.

    The most painful moment came when County Coordinator Freddie Moody observed that the proposed 2010-2011 budget of $57.039 million is only slightly smaller than the 2005-06 budget of $57.046 million.

    Just a few years ago, when $25,000 bought an acre of land, the budget hit a high of $70 million.