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Opinion

  • 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.

  • There are many of us in the North Florida area who would very much like the music/talk mix of the former Classic 89 to be restored to WUFT-FM's high-power analog station. Classic 89, with its mix of musical genres and news/talk, was a tremendous cultural asset for the entire 21-county area of North Florida.  The very limited and problematic HD2 and online streaming of classical music is far from an adequate replacement.  Most areas within the range of WUFT-FM's analog station do not receive the HD2 signal at all.

  • Since School Superintendent Bob Hastings' election  last year, he has been on a path to remold the school system to his vision.

    He is opposed to teachers retiring then returning to the classroom at the top of the pay scale, so he laid a few off at the end of the school year. But he's hired several back with the help of federal stimulus money pushed through Congress by President Barack Obama.

  • Does anyone believe President Obama, when he says taxes won’t be raised if his Universal Healthcare plan goes through? Already Medicare and Social Security are bankrupt and money is being printed so fast within one to three years our dollar may be worth ten to thirty cents. Do the math!! What will you give up, food, meds, car, insurance? Unless you’re a millionaire you won’t make it and we’ve seen millionaires lose their mansions and go bankrupt.

  • I would like to thank the residents of Bronson for their support and votes of confidence. I wish to congratulate my opponent and hope he will strive to execute good judgment. The Town of Bronson needs leaders who will pursue a broader sense of direction that embraces the freedoms and principles our founding fathers held so dear. While being objective I hope Bronson can endeavor to accomplish sound goals. Solidarity for Bronson will continue to be my priority seeking a better quality of life for all.

  •  Last Tuesday I was sulking around the house complaining about the passing of the summer and how it goes by so fast. Personally, I think I have a right to complain in my own house.

    After all, I pay the mortgage, the taxes and the utilities, that is, when I think of it. The only thing I do not pay, is attention to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, which has cost me a lot more than the mortgage, taxes and utilities put together.

  • A few years ago we moved into the Chiefland area and have come to know the good people and beautiful countryside that are the hallmark of this area. We currently have two children in our local schools and have repetitively encountered school workers that are dedicated to their work and the future of our community. But culturally, our community is simply not committed to an educational standard required to effect a significant change in our local economy and well-being.

  •  EMS assessments are changing this year. Historically, all property owners have paid the same annual amount of $75.00, regardless of their size or the frequency of calls. This meant that Walmart paid the same assessed fee as a residential property owner. In an effort to be more equitable, a formula based on square footage for commercial, institutional and industrial/warehouse designated property was recommended by a company hired by the county to look at our assessment structure.

  • On this date in 1787, 39  men who met in secret through the summer in Philadelphia signed the document that is the backbone of our government, the U.S. Constitution. Here is the preamble and the list of men who signed it:

    We the People  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • I would like to thank the dedicated employees at the Levy County Tax and Tag Offices for their wonderful handling of the mob of residents who appeared at their offices on Friday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 31. With notices on TV and in the paper of doubling the cost for licenses and tags as of Sept. 1, it appeared that all of Levy County residents showed up to renew their tags and/or licenses before the deadline.

  • The City of Chiefland and Chiefland Fire and Rescue are in the process of preparing to finalize our budget for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. In doing so I presented a budget to the commissioners that had no increases to the city portion of our budget.

    This budget will be used to run approximately 1,500 calls located both inside outside of the Chiefland City limits. Our figures for 2009/2010 are as follows:

    City of Chiefland $188,261 currently this figure is $188,632.29 for 2008/2009.

  • Dear Mr. President Obama,

    You have attained an honor very few men of all time even dreamed of and for that reason, you deserve a tremendous amount of credit. As president, your responsibilities must be overwhelming--what an awesome role for any leader.

  • Maybe I have no right to tell people about how they should drive their car.  After all, I am only 17.  

    On a daily basis, my route may take me on unoccupied back roads to the woods or to the river, through the basic small town traffic of Chiefland or possibly the congested highways to Gainesville and Tallahassee.

  • Since it was noted that no one from the Citizen was present, we assumed that you received no notice of the meeting, just like 3/4 of the attendees who live around the proposed site for the sewer treatment plant.

  • This column is called Good News.

    It reports both varieties of good news: good as in feel good news and good news as in good news to use.

    Last week, it was about news your could use: Vice Mayor Theresa Barron's quest to have the city buy, rather than lease lighted Christmas decorations. Mayor Teal Pomeroy said he would like to see businesses buy and sponsor lights.

    Here's the feel good news: More people voted than usual in the Citizen online Christmas lights poll.  By Tuesday evening there were 53 votes.

    There were four options: