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Today's Opinions

  • I'm anything but frigid

    It’s Tuesday night as I write this and meteorologists have threatened that this will be a night that sees temperatures plummeting below freezing.

    I am not concerned.

    Growing up in abject poverty in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I know what cold weather is.

    It is not Levy County, Florida at its coldest.

    My childhood home was a sprawling old house that had one coal heater in the middle of the living room to heat the entire house.

    It failed miserably.

  • Reader concerned about water plans

    To the editor:

        I have a number of concerns about Regional Water plans.

    I don’t know how a regional water system ever can be more cost effective. Many more miles of water lines will be needed to support this compared to an individual city system (plus booster stations, etc.) At this time I don’t believe any of our planners, including city users, have any idea what their future water needs will be – 5 years, 10 years, etc.

  • Pray for strength and compassion

    To the editor:

        I wish to express my deepest sorrow and dismay over the recent allegations involving our two county commissioners. In addition, I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the successes and accomplishments, past and present, of all our county commissioners.

        Many of us are experiencing difficult and laborious times of social and economic transformations and reconstruction, especially, during this time of the the holiday period.

  • God bless the Marine Corps

     To the editor:

     Two hundred thirty three years ago at Tun Tavern, Pa. The Corps was born and they've been around ever since, answering our country's call and fighting for what they believed in.

    They were in the Revolution, picking off boarders from the fighting tops. They were with Old Hickory at New Orleans. They fought in the malaria ridden Florida swamps.

  • Be slow to judge

     It's been a rough three weeks in Levy County.

    First School Board member Billy Morrison was charged with a misdemeanor.

    This week we learned Chiefland community leader Mary Marshall was under investigation for embezzlement.

    Then comes the news late Wednesday that Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker were suspended from office by Gov. Charlie Crist, following federal indictments.

  • Don't take anything off that table

    What it really comes down to is osmosis. You remember osmosis, don't you? In high school science, you learned that's the process that lets stuff pass through the membrane that surrounds your cells. Osmosis lets the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, trading spent fuel for new fuel. It keeps you alive.

    The funny thing about osmosis (other than the name) is that it's automatic. There's no conscious thought involved. That's why if you get stranded at sea, like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you mustn't drink seawater, even if you're dying of thirst.

  • Lessons I've learned from the dead

    My father and I were constantly at odds. I can't remember how or when it started, but I do remember thinking that he was the meanest, most unfair man alive.

    That changed right after I left high school as I started learning more about him as a man, and not just my daddy.

    By the time I moved to Georgia, we had a solid relationship-an unspoken one of mutual respect and trust.

    He wasn't into sentiment, and I wasn't about to broach my feelings of admiration for him. I thought I had years to tell him how much he meant to me, and how I finally understood the man he was.

  • You deserve to have all the news

    Let's see, it was late July and I was still new on the job.

    I asked a Sheriff's Office spokesperson about air conditioner burglaries in the county and I also noted my street alone had an AC stolen that was almost turned into a home burglary. And the same road also had a home invasion that resulted in the suspect's death and an armed robbery.

    Like a mantra he said crime was down and pointed to 2007 figures showing crime went down in Levy County.