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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The family of Matt Cravey would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens in the tri-county area for their show of support this past weekend.  The benefit BBQ was a huge success with over $16,000 raised from contributions.  The benefit BBQ was established by a cross section of wonderful community members and businesses in the tri-county and we are grateful for the unselfish, generous giving of your time.

  • Hey Ya’ll – Is there anything that can be done to help improve our local economy? This is a question for everyone – you, me prospective  businessmen, county commissioners, the state, county and private landowners. Well, let’s all take our imaginations off the leash here for a few moments and ask ourselves some hypothetical questions. What ain’t been tried yet?

  • Why do so many young people think the only way to be happy is to be high? When I was young I was happy just to be finished with my chores. It was a simpler life; I looked forward to my favorite fishing hole. If I played football with my friends, or tinkered with my car or getting up the nerve to ask a girl to a movie that was the kind of “Mayberry” stuff it took to make my day, the kind of things it took to complete my interest.

  • President Barack Obama has delivered and may still deliver more informative speeches to students throughout America. The topics discussed in these speeches consist of students dedicating themselves to their education, overcoming the many obstacles that arise in their lives and conquering the fear of asking for help.

  • The political process in Tallahassee is broken. It is time to fix it. It is time to amend the Florida Constitution to require the Legislature's most important work be done in the light of day rather than in secret meetings. We should also end the practice of hurriedly approving massive bills in the final days of the legislative session that elected officials have not been given adequate time to read, study and debate.

  • For years now a crescendo has been rising in politics of angry people wanting to stem the tide of this or that.  They rail. They rant. They wave placards.  They talk about bringing back the Bonnie Blue flag of the West Florida rebellion. There's talk of buying guns, learning to shoot straight, hoarding ammunition, stocking up on food and preparing for  a rebellion. No socialism. No liberals. No communists. No health reform. No ACORN. Whoops! Wait!

  • These are tough times for seniors, especially those relying on Social Security for all or most of their income.  According to 2008 AARP data, more than half of Florida’s three million Social Security beneficiaries rely on Social Security for half or more of their income, and for three of every 10 beneficiaries, Social Security is their only source of income. Each year, as these Floridians look through their checkbooks to figure out how to pay for the rising costs we all face, they take small comfort in knowing that Social Security provides a very mode

  •   In the most recent presidential election there were numerous politicians running for the office of president while still collecting their full pay as senators from their respective states.  It’s a sweet deal that allows you to receive  full pay and not even show up for work while looking for a new job. Here in Florida we have a similar situation with our own Charlie Crist campaigning to be a U.S.