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Opinion

  • I am looking for letters written to and from military personnel that served during the Korean War.

    My father was a Purple Heart recipient at the Chosin Reservoir in 1950 and remained silent about his service until near the end of his life.

    His service meant a great deal to him, but unfortunately he did not have enough time to tell me about it.

    Since I lost him I have traveled to South Korea representing him along with other veterans.

  • In a recent AARP survey, AARP members in Florida support the House health-reform legislation by a crushing, 66-percent to 30-percent margin after considering everything they’ve learned from AARP and elsewhere about the issue.

  • "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."  Ecclesiastes 12:1

  • When someone looks at me, they might be tempted to assume that my relationship with my barber is a cordial one. This, however, would be a great error in assumption. I have not always harbored such ambivalent feelings towards my barber, but things have changed.

  • I am certain that the most thankful people ought to be those who consider themselves outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. We are the folks who get to enjoy riches that go far beyond our ability to pay for. We get to play in the backyard of God. And even though most property is claimed by an individual or entity; it is really all owned by its Creator. His handiwork is seen in every mountain and valley. He fills each hollow with animals, plants, and trees, not by chance, but according to His divine purpose.

  • Responding on health care

    I can not resist responding to the “Reform health care now” letter of the Nov. 26.  The dear lady is absolutely on track.  Our European brothers and especially the French should set the stage for our reform!  I wonder while we are at it why not revamp our entire Government and pattern it upon a European model.

    Health care reform certainly has a ring to it.  

  • I know there’s a perception that media folks are always critical of everything. But I hope it’s not so.

    And I have had folks in Levy express disdain for folks who move here for its wonderful atmosphere, or any of a variety of reasons, then promptly turn around and want to change it into wherever they came from. It’s a valid complaint.

    But I realized recently how wholeheartedly I have come to embrace Levy County when I cringed at the responses of two job applicants to the question: What do you know about Levy County?

  • The Christmas season is upon us.

    The Christmas lights are up in Chiefland.

    A radio station is playing Christmas music.

    A local store is having a “Christmas Sale 40% to 50% off”

    I don't care if if it's a discounted  holiday or merchandise.

    I'm a sucker for stuff at a nice discount.

    My wish list is the same as last year's. I want that  “Five-Pound Box of Money” singer Pearl Bailey rhapsodizes. She tells Santa it would be useful and is loaded with lots of sentiment.  

  • You have probably noticed the changes at the Chiefland Citizen.

    First, two new guys moved in. We went from having a newsroom dominated by women to a boys’ club.

    There has been tinkering with the design  and content to make it more interesting and useful. One noticeable change is the teasers at the top of Page 1.

    Then there’s the electronic changes at the website, www.chieflandcitizen.com; the Twitter feed, News4Levy; the Facebook page, Chiefland Citizen; and the email blast for those who register at our website.

  • Once again the community of Chiefland has stepped up to provide a service for our children. Through the efforts of Chiefland Area Athletic Association’ volunteers and the businesses of Chiefland, our annual Halloween Carnival was a huge success. CAAA started the Halloween Carnival 11 years ago to offer parents and the community an alternative to door-to-door Trick or Treating. Chief Douglas ensures that our carnival is a safe place by assigning city policemen to monitor the area.

  • The Town of Bronson would like to thank the men and women of American Legion Post 236 of Levy County for their help in honoring our veterans by placing flags on grave sites in all the towns cemeteries, and on display outside of Old Town Hall, to honor those still serving.

    Thank you to: Post Commander Dwight Fields, Auxiliary President Judy Fields, Diana Folks, Historian Edward Gonczarow, Dan Hartley, Alexis Gaddy, Steve Gaddy, Christine H. Haney and Leo E. Sapp. Jr.

    Kelli Brettel

    Town Clerk, Bronson

  • I recently wrote our Senator Bill Nelson urging him to be bold and brave and stand up for the American people and reject the current government plan for the takeover of the health care industry.  I was really surprised to get an answer, but not really surprised to find out how little notice is paid to his constituents.  I guess that his minion picked the wrong letter out of his junk mail answers. Anyway, since he said not to reply to his response, I thought I would share my reply with you.

  • So you have your driver’s license.  May I first say congratulations on your efforts and achievements.  Now that you have possession of the little piece of plastic, however, do you know what to do with it?  Probably not. This is a frequent problem among beginning drivers, which is why I have taken the time to write out a few helpful tips on how to lose your license.

  • I am a life long Republican. I am a retired senior citizen. I, like countless others are inundated with solicitations through the mail and phone from the RNC, specific Congressmen and Senators. They all want monetary support and would like me to fill out a survey in which the brain dead could respond. So, I thought I would send an e-mail to the New York Times and my home papers with hopes that someone from the RNC would take notice.

  • Thank you to Steve Waters for the update each week on Chiefland High School graduate Jarret Johnson’s career with the Baltimore Ravens.

    It is nice for the people in this area to keep up with his progress. Not many athletes make it to this level and it is an inspiration to our young people that they can do this even from our small schools.

    Thank you,

    Beth Davis

     

  • Thanks so much to the entire community of Bronson and surrounding areas for making the First Ever Bronson Pumpkin Festival a huge success.  We had over 1,500 folks come through the gates to enjoy a great family-oriented festival.  Not too bad for our inaugural event.

     Special thanks for all Bronson Chamber Members and the staff from the Town of Bronson for working tirelessly to make this festival a success.  Also to all the volunteers, vendors and carnival rides that were a huge part of the festival.

  • My wife & I arrived here last Thursday and are also one of the many tourists who realize the natural beauty you have in this area.

    I am sure your paper has addressed the problem before of the littering that is done by some inconsiderate individuals, but was wondering if any of your editors had ever written an open letter directed to the individuals that litter and asked them to respond with their reasons for ignoring the many requests,and also for their excuses for littering?

    I walk my daily mile walk in the mornings and usually fill a large bag every 24 hours.

  • While most of us are flabbergasted at what is happening with the big Wall Street firms taking risks, enriching themselves and gorging at the government trough, we should remember this isn't the first time folks felt like the money changers deserved a good flogging.

    TheStreet.com rates 98 percent of Florida's banks as not so healthy.

    An Oct. 14 article on TheStreet said of 293 banks and thrifts still existing in the state, only seven had recommended ratings. It's important to note that TheStreet.com is respected for its conservative bank rankings.

  • Some time ago while mowing a vacant lot on the south east side of Chiefland I observed a brown medium sized dog chained up under some trees next door.

    After looking closer I realized this animal had no shelter from the weather.

    I contacted the Humane Society of Levy County who informed me they had no responsibility for the City of Chiefland. I then contacted the appropriate people in Chiefland who informed me there was no requirement for the shelter of animals.

  • It is that time of year again when Harmony does what it does best … help people in need. We want to ensure that everyone has a special holiday season and in order to do that we need your help. Harmony is asking for your donations for people less fortunate than us. This is a GREAT time to de-clutter your homes and help a lot of people in return. What a great way to end the year by helping others.