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Opinion

  • By Ed Emrich 

    I became a teacher very late in my working career. After 25 years in corporate management I found myself with an “opportunity” to redirect and re-evaluate my career. So I decided to become a teacher and give something back to society. I was by decades the oldest person in all of my graduate classes at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos). Most teachers graduate from college, go into teaching in their early 20s, and really, what life lessons can they teach? As a 57 year-old Marine Corps veteran and “new teacher,” I have had a lot of life experience that came in real handy because today’s students seriously need mentors as well as lessons about specific core content.

  • What kind of nation is the United States of America? Are we hateful or grateful? Did the United States become the most powerful nation on earth through “Manifest Destiny” or greed? Are we a religious or secular nation?

    Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear was a Christian man and farmer, but I’ll bet if he were asked what he thought about the US, he would say it is all those things. Standing Bear lost his daughter and then his son because of his tribe’s forced relocation from Nebraska to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Some Christian women prayed with him and his family in Kansas when his daughter died. Still, he continued the journey to Indian Territory. The last straw for Standing Bear came at the death of his 16 year-old son. After that, he disobeyed the federal government and returned to his homeland in Nebraska to bury his son.

    Instead of looking at one's actions, ask what someone is trying to say when they take a knee at a football game.

    What was Standing Bear trying to say?

  • The sudden and tragic death of Teal Pomeroy has left this community stunned.

    The loss is deeply felt because he was in the prime of his life. He was only 42 and had accomplished so much.

    But what adds to the pain is that he epitomized the phrase “local boy.'

    Pomeroy grew up in Chiefland, attended school here and had lifelong friends made in those 12 years of going to class. He loved the woods and waters that are so plentiful in Levy County. And he took full enjoyment in them.

  • I miss spending lazy Fridays chatting with Winnelle Horne on the porch of the Levy County Quilt Museum.

    She certainly tolerated my foolishness while educating me on Levy County culture.

    One thing the late founder often said to me, ”You're certainly opinionated.”

    “Um huh. You want me to leave now?”

    “No.”

    But right about now, she might want to come back and snatch me up by the ear because I am going to give out an opinion that will rile feathers – something she warned against.

  • To the editor:

    Aug. 10 was a wonderful start to another great school year in Levy County. The sun was shining, students were excited and teachers were prepared to open the school house doors to 5,500 students.

  • By Ray Sparrow

    Guest Columist

    I looked up the definition of "PARADOX" and it was something that is seemingly senseless, illogical and self contradictory. A picture on the internet shows two girls, side by side. One is dressed in full camouflage, holding a Christian bible in one hand, an AR-15 in the other hand. The other girl is decked out in typical Muslim garb holding a Quran in one hand, an AK-47 in the other, indicating that they are ready to engage in violent acts with guns in defense of their religious ideology. Now that screams paradox.

  • To the editor:

    A political race is gaining momentum that is very close to my heart. Running for Superintendent of Levy County Schools are Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison, who has served under Superintendent Robert O. Hastings and the previous superintendent, and Jerry Lawrence – a veteran educator of 26 years and school administrator who understands the heartbeat of our teachers, students, and parents. 

  • We want to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support given us during the loss of our mother and grandmother, Helen Hiers Usher. We have wonderful memories and even better friends to sustain us during this time. Thank you for sharing so many of your memories and stories of and about her with us. They truly warm our hearts.

    Lovingly,

    Ken, Lynetta & John Korey Griner

    Karen & Luke White

    Chiefland 

  • Last week Levy County lost a remarkable lady, Helen Usher.

    I was honored and privileged to have her in my life as a teacher, mentor, family friend and lifetime acquaintance.

    Mrs. Usher was a Bronson High alumni, in class with my Uncle Jr. Jerrels, my eighth grade math teacher who prepared me in later life, when starting my studies in engineering. Her extra help and attention, were largely responsible for me being able to obtain many of my goals.

  • Midmorning Feb. 5, a dark veil slipped over a large portion of my heart, permanently blocking the light that has shone so brightly in my life for 20 years.

    When Denise escaped this world after a brief second go-around with cancer, a part of me died too – perhaps one of the best parts of me.

  • Saving babies saves Social Security

    It is reported that in 2033 Social Security will be bankrupt. It takes 16 working people to keep one person’s checks coming. Guess where 300,000 a year of that workforce goes? Aborted by Planned Parenthood so the parts can be sold. That is viewing the carnage from the financial point.

  • Every year the Women of the Moose Chapter 494 put together 12 dinner boxes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, for delivery, via the Sheriff’s Office, to families in need in the Tri County area.

    The turkeys were donated by the men of Suwannee River Moose 325. The canned goods were donated by members Kenny and Jane Grawcock and the Women of the Moose Chapter 494 donated the fresh produce.

    The boxes were filled on the 24th of November by members Art and Ginny Perricone, Recorder Kathy Anderson and Senior Regent Jane Duehring.

  • It takes a lot of hard work to make a town’s Christmas Festival all come together. The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those who worked with us to pull off our 12th Annual Christmas Festival this year!

    The Chiefland Citizen

    City of Chiefland Management and Staff

    Chiefland Fire Department

    Chiefland Police Department

    Levy County Fire Rescue

    Citizen of the Year Captain Ray Tremblay

  • A joint resolution (HJR 767 and SJR 942) has been filed to restore the Commissioner of Education to an elected position. Since 2003, the top education official in the state has been appointed by the State Board of Education which is appointed by the governor rather than elected by the people.

    If adopted by the Legislature, this Constitutional Amendment would be placed on the November 2016 General Election ballot and would need at least 60 percent voter approval to take effect.

  • Regarding the recreational RV resort on the property owned by Lois Livingston, I would like to mention some reasons for approval that I would like you to consider before judging this project.

    I do not live in the City of Chiefland, but for the past 21 years I have lived on Camp Azalea Road. I have watched many problems occur in the City of Chiefland over these many years. The project will be a most welcomed asset to all of us in this area.

  • I am the organizer of the Southern Flag Pride group. This is relatively a new group established for the protection of the Southern Heritage and for the protection of our civil rights. We have had a very successful run, Williston to Dunnellon, which was mostly successful due to community support.

  • My husband mentioned to me the other day as we were in the funeral procession with Jerry Prater on our way to Old Town Cemetery that it is so nice to see how many people remember to respect the deceased and the grieving family and friends by pulling off the road while the procession passes by.

  • It really is fun to watch hunters this time of year. We are no different than any other group or even species.

    I would guess that every animal or mammal has trigger mechanisms – those things that happen that tell them something else is about to happen.

    For instance, we know that certain moon phases trigger certain types of behavior in some animals. We also know these trigger points have to do with aspects of how they were created. Some creatures hear at levels above or below that which a human can hear.

  • In our house, we have a rule that has enabled us to live at peace with one another for more years than I can remember. That rule is simple, “Don’t mess with my space and I won’t mess with your space.”

    I must admit some rather close calls have challenged that relationship during those years. I will not say from which side of the house it came from; just that it was not my side.

    It must be quite difficult for someone like the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage whom, I must confess is a neat freak, and I am just a plain old messy freak.

  • I would like to personally thank the individuals and businesses that donated to the 2015 Iron Butts for Bucks event. Without their selflessness this event would not be a possible. We have successfully completed this event three years in a row and we still find donors that are more than willing to give to the cause. Thanks to you all from the riders, the facilities and the recipients of the donations.

    Donors:

    AMVETS Post 422

    AMVETS Post 422 Riders

    Americare Home Health Care

    Carl & Toni Dufour