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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

    I recently read a couple of articles about the possible appointments for the Board of County Commissioners.

    I noticed there were several names of highly qualified individuals.

    I also noticed there were several individuals that [sic] did not live in those two respective Districts. If the Governor appoints someone for these two respective Districts who lives outside the respective Districts this might raise a few questions.

  • To the editor:

    It’s a new year and what a wonderful time for change.

  • I grew up in New Orleans where most folks believe in ghosts, signs, omens and the power of voodoo right along with that of the Roman Catholic archbishop. I am down with that. My father died shortly after I turned 10. I’ve often wondered if he would be proud of the woman I am. My stepfather died in the early 90s and he never failed to let me know he was proud of me.

    The death that affects me most is my mother’s. For most of our lives we were at odds. Maybe it was because I was so like her. Maybe it was because I never met her dreams for me.

  • The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree has always been a chore that I enjoyed during December.

    From earliest childhood when my father would go into the hills and return with a scrappy, itchy cedar tree to not-so-long ago when my children and I would plod through the tree farm, the tradition of the Christmas tree search has become one of my favorite rituals of the holiday.

    For a while this month, it looked as if Christmas would come and go without fanfare due to a lot of circumstances beyond my control.

  • Someone asked me this morning if I was ready for Christmas and my answer was truthful.

    “As ready as I’ll ever be. It’s just a day. After all, it should be Christmas every day.”

    For the first time in my life, I will not be with my children during the holiday season.

    It’s difficult to think of my babies without me on Christmas, but then I am reminded the first year I didn’t make it to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my parents.

    Is this what they felt?

  • Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

  • Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I listened to an audiobook–Deliver Us from Normal–and one sentence from a very long book hung in my mind for days.

    “Mom made us hot cocoa–with salt.”

    Boy, did that bring back memories.

    As a treat on cold winter nights, my mother would take out the Hershey cocoa powder and make a pot full of steaming hot chocolate.

    In the days before Swiss Miss powder or Quik, Hershey’s cocoa was a staple in our home.

    I’d forgotten how good it was but that one sentence brought it all back.

  • Levy County is in a gossip frenzy. All it took was someone being out of the office, someone being added to the federal grand jury indictment that resulted in two Levy County commissioner being suspended and folks with nothing better to do than stoke the flames.

    The first::

    Sheriff Johnny Smith has not been arrested. This tidbit has been hanging around for weeks and keeps cropping up anew.

    Smith’s spokesman has said the sheriff has no comment — a number of times.

    This has just got to be hurting Smith’s family and we empathize.

  • To the editor:

    My grandmother had many sayings she liked to repeat to us growing up. One of her favorites was “everyone can afford soap and water.” I always thought this to be true until recently. Like many others, I was laid off earlier this year. At first I was not worried, I’m a hard worker with great references. I thought I could get another job very soon. That was over five months ago.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank each participant and those who had the desire but were not able to participate in this year’s Christmas and Winter Festival.

    I would also like to thank the business leaders and members of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce for entrusting its leadership to me twice over the past five years.

    I am stepping down this year, but stepping up to the challenge of bringing and supporting businesses within our area.

  • Our Chiefland Indian roundballers are suffering. Several weeks ago the teams’ uniforms were stolen and to date they have not been recovered.

    Last week Sports Editor Jenna McKenna detailed the plight of our student athletes and made an appeal for the community to help.

    We echo that appeal as we believe the representatives of our school deserve better than the hand that was dealt them.

  • To the editor:

    I buy gas for my car in Alachua County. They added a 5 cents per gallon tax this year. I don’t buy gas in Alachua County to give my money to their county. I buy gas in Alachua County because it is cheaper than Chiefland. Anywhere from 11 cents to 20 cents a gallon cheaper.

    I would be helping the seller of Chiefland gas to take advantage of me if I bought gas in Chiefland. Just watch, the price of gas in Chiefland will drop. It always does the day a complaining letter is published - slowly to rise again.

    Dale Burns

  • It has been a roller coaster of a year for me, both personally and professionally.

    And for the most part, the roller coaster hasn’t stopped long enough for me to get my bearings.

    If you’re a roller coaster enthusiast, you know what that means: you tend to be a little scattered when it does come to a halt and you’re not always sure you’re standing on firm ground.

  • For the past several weeks, the Chiefland Citizen has been upgrading its Web site to bring our online readers more features.

    If you are an online user, you may have noticed slideshows of events, an interactive community calendar that YOU control and a place to sign up for e-mail alerts.

    This week, we added our first video about a house that burned Monday and by the end of the week there will be a place for readers to start blogging on topics of interest in Levy County. It’s called the Forum and it will be found under the Opinion tab.

  • To the editor:

    Another Veterans Day has passed, the parades and cook-outs are but another memory. I wonder how you spent your day on Nov.11.

    Each year at this time, I personally dread the duty of accompanying my husband on his hectic schedule of events, through the week of Veterans Day. Not because it is hectic - because I must witness the pain that these veterans feel over the disrespect that they encounter along the way, from a citizenry that purports to love their county and the veterans that keep them safe and free.

  • It’s  no secret–the recent economic decline has affected not only banks and automakers, but the newspaper industry as well.

    With a decrease in revenues across the country, newspapers, especially daily newspapers, have been hit hard.

    Thankfully, it hasn’t severely impacted us on the local level–yet.

    But we’re taking precautions before it impacts us.

  • 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.

  • 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.