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Opinion

  • I was impressed with Genevieve Hannah's Letter to the Editor on April 21, about the hospital.
    I support the new hospital in Chiefland as a real necessary project. We should continue signing petitions and mailing them to Frank Schupp and Ameris Health Systems to get us a hospital in Chiefland and our three counties.
    Send all petitions to:
    Frank Schuup
    Ameris Health Systems
    1114 17th. Avenue S.,
    Suite 205
    Nashville, TN 37212       
    Or, fax them to 615-327-0898.

  • If you have ever used a computer and received emails, you may have seen a photo of a two-story outhouse. It’s a normal-looking structure, except for one thing: The top section is for politicians, and directly under that is a place for the voters. Of course, there is no plumbing, just a hole above and below the voters. You can well imagine what happens inside when a politician is seated above a voter.
    Tuesday night, May 3, the voting public saw the outhouse in action.

  • This was the 43rd year for the nationwide community service organization — AARP Tax Aide. In Levy County we are blessed with faithful volunteers who dedicate their time and effort during the tax season. Thanks to Loretta Poole, Jenny Anderson, Carl and Marc Burkhardt, Denei Morehouse and Vicky VanDyke.
    We are grateful to Sue Ann Burkhardt and her staff at the Luther Callaway Library for keeping up with the sign-in sheet, making room for all of us and seeming to always have yummy snacks.

  • Parents and teachers, no, the whole community should be very proud of the young people of Chiefland Middle School. Five young people with the assistance of Dana Davis organized a food drive that amazed and delighted the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.
    Some weeks, it's a real struggle for us to come up with all of the food needed for the food pantry. Last week the shelves were full.

  •  I have been a resident of this area for the past six years and wish only the best for this community. I feel it is important to be an involved community resident and as such would like to share my belief with you.

  • There have been very few occasions in my lifetime where I can say I was astounded by the selflessness of my neighbors. We live in a society where helping others is often not a priority.

  • I would almost put Gov. Scott and Terry Jones in the same category: people who should know better but still bumble along; unraveling in just a few months all the beneficial achievements for our state and country that others before them took years to accomplish.

  • At the AMVETS Post No. 422  general meeting on August 13, a motion was made by Dennis Harden, which was seconded, and unanimously approved by the membership. The motion being that AMVETS Post No. 422 endorses and supports Ameris Health Services in its efforts to construct and organize a functional healthcare facility namely, the Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland.

  • Tarmac wins, Levy loses. A few years from now, Levy commissioners and planners will be quoting Bill Clinton who, when asked about NAFTA, said, "It sounded like a pretty good deal at the time.”
    I came from Manatee County 26 years ago. I saw what happened there. Water wells freely flowed for farmers, no pumps, when I was a kid.

  • My husband and I live off State Road 337 southeast of Bronson and have been residents of Levy County since 2002.
    Since this time we have seen businesses come and businesses go in Bronson, Williston and also in Chiefland.
     It is the people who live and work locally who make our communities strong, and jobs locally are needed to keep these people here.

  • My name is Susie Slaughter, and I have a son that plays baseball for Chiefland High School. 
    It is his senior year and he has been on the varsity team for four years. I just wanted to thank you and all others for allowing Mike to publish the sports in your paper. 
    I have been a teacher for 36 years in Chiefland and have never seen so much coverage for baseball. 
    Thank you again and thanks to Mike Capshaw.
    Susie Slaughter
     

  • I have lived in Levy County for most of my life.  I wanted to be sure that my son was raised in this area because to me it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and this community means a lot to me.
    Two years ago, I was approached by Tarmac to come take some photos of the areas surrounding their planned operation.  I was employed by an environmental consulting firm and asked if an environmental scientist could join me on the trip. I didn’t want to be associated with a project if it was going to hurt my community.

  • This hospital would serve three counties. We really need a hospital in Chiefland. I have personally signed petitions and phoned former Governor Charlie Crist trying to get a hospital built here.
    If you suffer from a life threatening disease or have a heart attack, by the time you get to Gainesville, through the traffic and red lights, you are dead.  I don’t know how many people have died trying to get to the hospitals in Gainesville.
    Now, let’s all get behind Ameris and get us a hospital in Chiefland!
    Jenevieve Hannah

  • It's Easter time; time for cute little bunnies, baskets full of goodies, fluffy little chicks and ducklings. When I was much, much younger, I had colored chicks, one pink, one lavender. Unfortunately, one of them ran backward a lot and died soon after. The other, I named her Henrietta, grew up to be a fine Rhode Island Red (naturally colored).
    Easter is also the time to buy a new Easter outfit, complete from head to toe. After all, that's what Easter is about, right?

  • I have read the Citizen's front page story on fire department issues dated April 7, 2011. These are my personal thoughts from the article.

  • With Congress hammering out budget cutting legislation and preparing to take up the 2012 farm bill, the next two years emerge as a crucial time for making commonsense cuts to agriculture spending. For federal farm programs, that means placing hard caps on payments made to the nation’s largest farms, subsidies those operations use to drive their smaller neighbors out of business.