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Opinion

  • In the June 30 issue of the Chiefland Citizen, there was an editorial “Personal agendas? Or betterment of county.”  
    Let’s review the history over the last several years of actions taken by our county government.
    Along with two of our county commissioners being indicted and convicted on corruption charges, we also have a local businessman who it seems instructed an undercover, federal agent on how to grease (coaching) the palms of the local politicians.

  • To whom it may concern,
    My name is Beth Warren and I’m a recent graduate from Chiefland High School, but instead of going to college in the fall I will be taking a “gap year.” I was accepted into a non-profit organization at the beginning of  the summer called Global Citizen Year. Only 50 to 60 students are selected from all over the country.

  • TAXPAYERS!  It is time for a little clarification to the public and public officials.
    Over the past few years, we have had a tremendous budget shortfall that resulted in the previous commissioners being forced to adopt a deficit budget. 
    According to Wikipedia, a budget (from old French bougette, purse) is a list of all planned expenses and revenues. It is a plan for saving and spending.  This deficit budget means that we had to plan to spend about $2 million more than we take in.
    Now for clarification, this happened for several reasons.

  • All political power is inherent in the people.
    Article I, Section 1, Florida State Constitution

    All meetings of any collegial public body of the executive branch of state government or of any collegial public body of a county, municipality, school district, or special district, at which official acts are to be taken or at which public business of such body is to be transacted or discussed, shall be open and noticed to the public...
    Article I, Section 24 (b), Florida State Constitution

  • “We have concerns with those local
    government
    numbers.”

    Rebecca Rust, Agency for Workforce Innovation, state unemployment agency, after the June jobless report showed the biggest hit was in local government employment, which reportedly lost 1,700 jobs, from 14,200 to 12,500 since May, while state and federal jobs experienced no change.

    Local jobless story: http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/unemployment-levy-rises-111

  • As temperatures repeatedly reach over ninety degrees, we need to take some extra precautions with our furry friends. When leaving an animal outdoors, take the time to make sure there is plenty of shade and water available. An open shelter that provides cover and lets wind blow through is suggested. It's nice to provide drinking water in the shelter, too, though it's not absolutely necessary.

  • I want to thank the Chiefland Citizen for coming to cover the recent presentation I did at the Chiefland Multipurpose Senior Center regarding the  basics of Alzheimer's disease. The exposure in your newspaper will help  increase our exposure and outreach in Levy County, which is one of our goals for the coming year.
    David Huckabee
    Program Coordinator
    Alzheimer's Associaition,
    Central and North Florida Chapter

  •  We would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the sponsors, volunteers, teams and the community for their contributions and participation during the CHS 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament and 3 Point Shoot Out. 
    The much needed funds that were raised will go toward the continuing process of giving both the CHS boys and girls basketball programs, the tools needed to have productive and successful programs.

  • Dear Honorable Commissioners:
    The College of Central Florida Levy Center adult education program held a GED graduation ceremony at the Tommy Usher Center July 14. It was the best graduation we ever had because of your generosity in allowing us to use the facility free of charge.

  • Disabilities
    By DANIEL J. VANCE

  • It is so sad to hear of the child that was severely injured from leading her horse that spooked during a thunderstorm.  I pray she will recover.
    But a reminder of how to safely lead animals is appropriate: Never coil leadlines with the hand inside the coils.  Instead, use both hands to hold the line straight. Another method is to fold the line like a three-fold letter and place the hand totally over the line.
    Accidents can still happen but will be much less dangerous, usually.

  • From Webster's dictionary:
    Fund – a sum of money set aside for some particular purpose.
    Pension – a payment, not wages, made regularly to a person (or his family) who have fulfilled certain conditions of service, reached a certain age.
    Social Security – In the U.S., a federal system of old age, unemployment, or disability insurance for various categories of employment and dependent persons, financed by a fund maintained jointly by employees, employers, and the government.

  • Realizing Independence Day is over, there is a lot Americans should remember.
    Our country used to be the envy of every other country in the world.
    We were world leader in technology, greatest in military might, nearly everyone owned homes, cars, boats, and we had so many crops we gave them to poor countries. Industry was booming, we were No. 1 in education, the first to put a man on the moon.
    Let's see how things have changed. Our high school students cannot stand up to middle school kids in Japan or China.

  • Don’t let these low water levels discourage you, especially on the upper river.  It’s a perfect time for collecting trash that is normally inaccessible.  You can work on foot relatively close to your put-in and take-out points if it’s too low for paddling.  You’ll still get a lot and it’s worthwhile doing. 

  • The Dixie County Historical Society is submitting a grant application to the Plum Creek Foundation for funds to replace two air conditioning and heating units in the auditorium of the Dixie County Cultural Center, known locally as the “Old Old Town School.”
    We are seeking your affirmation of support for this project.

  • For more than 236 years, we Americans have owed our freedoms to the men and women of the United States Army. Now, at long last, the American soldier will be honored with the national Museum of the U.S. Army near our nations capitol.

  • For more than 236 years, we Americans have owed our freedoms to the men and women of the United States Army. Now, at long last, the American soldier will be honored with the national Museum of the U.S. Army near our nations capitol.