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Today's Opinions

  • Commissioner Chad Johnson's statement on press reports

    The Journal asked for a copy of my statement today, felt it was only fair to share with the Citizen. It is below in its entirety.

  • In our opinion: The public understands opinion driven by self-interest

    True journalists — those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives — hold one thing dear to their hearts–the sanctity of news.

    That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.

    The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place – the editorial page, under a header that reads, “Opinion.”

  • Letters for the week of August 14

     

    Don't skip the memories

  • Man turns TBI into an asset

    Mark Palmer of Sacramento, Calif., read my column a couple weeks ago concerning a man who experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Palmer emailed to tell his own TBI story.

  • Would you let your daughter color her hair blue?

    By Rebekah McCloud

    ContexTFlorida

    I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places I could go.”

    When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, “Here, momma, take my seat.” And I did. I thanked her and commented about the kindness of her gesture.

  • Florida's new marijuana law

    ASK A LAWYER

    M. C. of Alachua asks, “What’s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn’t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?”

    Dear M. C.:

  • Let's argue politics!

     There I go again—spouting out my opinions about politics, and succeeding only in offending someone, or pushing away another friend. Maybe the old folk wisdom is right: “Don’t discuss religion or politics!” It’s so hard to find someone who agrees with me 100%! Do I have to just shut up and wallow in my frustration alone? Will I ever find somebody that will agree with me on everything?

  • Thank you for your support

    Dear friends and neighbors,

    I want to extend a sincere thank you from myself and my family to all of you for your prayers, flowers, cards and expressions of concern during my recent hospital stay. By the grace of God, I am at home and becoming stronger each day. Your good wishes remind me daily of the power of prayer and the value of loving and supportive family and friends.