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Opinion

  • "They have a saying: At home, you're a rascal. You get 50 miles away from home and they heard of you, and you get 1,000 miles from home and you're a hero."

    Bill Brown
    on his becoming a finalist for the
    Congressional Citizen Service Before Self medal

  •  Chiefland City Commission

  •  It's a shame they don't hold the General Education Diploma commencement in a more public place than the conference room at the College of Central Florida's Levy Center.

  • Based on my five-year-old’s behavior in the last few days leading up to Christmas, I got the distinct impression he did not believe Santa was watching him through a crystal ball.
    And after his ruthless cross-examination of me on how Santa manages to transcend the laws of physics, I got another distinct impression that he did not believe in Santa at all.

  • Jessica Nicole Standridge died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her home in Old Town after a long illness.  She was 19.
    Jessica was born on Dec. 23, 1991.  She graduated from Dixie County High School in 2010 and was dual enrolled in Gateway Community College during high school. She worked as a cashier at Hitchcock’s Foodway in Old Town.  She was a member of the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church, she was active in the Driven Youth Team.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and reading her bible.

  •  I did not write the headline on this column, nor did I write most of what you will read here. But what follows is pretty darned good stuff that I wish I had thought of writing.

  • By David D'AMATO

  • For two decades, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been battling over future water allocation in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin which straddles their borders. The dispute also involves a number of federal agencies, courts, and mediators. Its outcome is one of the most important issues facing the Southeast.

    On July 17, 2009, federal judge Paul Magnuson answered a key question that has dominated this 20-year water conflict-how much of the water in Lake Lanier can be legally used for metro Atlanta's water supply? His answer was stunning: none.

  • The walking, bicycling and trail community is stunned at the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) decision to single out walkers, bicyclists and trail users yet again, disproportionately cutting $24.7 million in Transportation Enhancements (TE) funds and another $3 million from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

  • In the year since I wrote the column in the Chiefland Citizen asking our community to assist Lubcho Michevski in returning to his native Bulgaria, literally hundreds of people have offered help.

    Money, translators and people in government positions have come forward.

    The money is still being held for Lubcho’s needs. However, several personal checks were sent and they have been returned as we wait on Lubcho’s decision about his future.

  • During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.

  • “You can't squeeze blood from a turnip”

    - Anonymous

    The Levy County Commission's budget workshop this week was painful.

    The most painful moment came when County Coordinator Freddie Moody observed that the proposed 2010-2011 budget of $57.039 million is only slightly smaller than the 2005-06 budget of $57.046 million.

    Just a few years ago, when $25,000 bought an acre of land, the budget hit a high of $70 million.

  • Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Spring Hill), in one of her final acts as the U.S. Congresswoman for the 5th District of Florida, showed complete disrespect for the people who elected her.

    By manipulating the process, she took it upon herself to appoint her successor.

    We are deeply disappointed.

  • Dear President Obama,

    How was Hawaii? Did you get to improve your handicap on the golf course? I saw where you took the girls out for shaved ice.

    I know your vacation wasn't much after the underwear bomber tried blowing up a plane on Christmas Day.

    I'm glad you are back at work. I hope you are refreshed enough to help me out with a couple of things folks in Levy might want to know.

  • ".....(he) called (it)...Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."     

    1 Samuel 7:12

  • It is typical this time of year to prepare a list of resolutions for the coming year. I believe this goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Adam said to Eve, "I think I'll turn over a new leaf this year." And so the tradition has come down to us today.

  • How many wonder about the robbery that took place on Oct. 9th 2009, at the veneer mill in Cross City.

    When the officers that where dispatched out in search for who stole money and a safe from the company, in their search across the street the local paper stated  that they found two local residents that had been running a methamphetamine lab. The paper stated that there was a smoking jar and several chemicals in the home found to manufacture the meth.

  • The City of Chiefland lost a pioneer of the Chiefland Police Department on December 21, 2009.  I am speaking of my father, Etheridge “Crackshot” Bryant.  He gave the City of Chiefland several years of his life as their first African-American police officer.  Moreover, since he started his career as a police officer in this city, he deserved some recognition from his home department.  The Chiefland Police Department should have joined forces with the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, who traveled five hours, to honor him.

  • I feel compelled to write this letter about a man I love; a man of joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.  He is one of my best friends; he is my brother. Our families often eat together, have great cookouts and fish fries, and travel and vacation together.  One of our most precious hobbies is genealogy.  Sammy is a great historian of the Yearty family, and of Levy County. He has a remarkable memory.   Although he is always available for his family, he has been dedicated to all in Levy County for 30 years.

  • The letter titled “AARP members support health care reform” from Doug Heinlen, President, AARP Florida states that from a recent survey, 66% of Florida members support health care legislation. I recieved such a survey call from AARP. It was an electronic questioner. The initial question asked if I wanted my voice to be heard regarding health care, if yes, press a number. I pressed the requested number. That led to a second electronic voice that thanked me for my support of AARP's endeavors in the health care reform bill now before congress.