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Opinion

  • “But this is Florida and we have gators everywhere, so there's no cause for alarm.”

    FWC Investigator
    Jim Smith after learning 17
    alligators escaped from a Citrus County alligator farm and that only nine were accounted for.
            

  •  I’ve had nicotine coursing through my veins for about half my life. And I received a healthy second-hand dose for the other half — when I was a kid — from my parents who smoked anywhere and everywhere. On occasion, my mother would even let me light her cigarettes for her. I think I was about 6, and I don’t think too many people were surprised when I took up the habit as a teenager.

  • “Editor:  A person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”

    Elbert Hubbard,
    American writer,
    publisher, artist
    and philosopher.
    1856-1915

  • "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