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Opinion

  • 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:

  • My husband and I are presently deployed to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. Our home of record is Inverness, Florida. On a recent trip home, we were traveling along Rt. 19 on our way to Tallahassee and eventually to Pensacola to visit our children and grandchildren.

  • The Florida Legislature passed a transportation bill, CS/HB 5011, during the 2009 Legislative Session creating an $800 million fee/tax increase for the people of Florida.

    Beginning September 1, certain fees for driver license and motor vehicle services will significantly increase as a result of the Florida Legislature’s efforts to balance the state budget because of declining tax receipts due to the slowed economy.

  • Editor

    There are things that we all don't like to here. Especially when its the bad things that we pretend aren't there.

    Every parent has the same fear, of their child being hurt or in danger when were not there . We as parents know we will protect them and always give them proper care .

  • Editor:

    As manager of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is diligent in protecting native species and habitats. When an exotic species invades our natural landscape, it is our duty to do everything possible to ensure those invaders do not expand their range and harm the fragile balance of Florida’s unique and abundant wildlife.

  •  You gotta’ give it to Vice Mayor Theresa Barron, she can hang in there with the best of 'em. Take this Christmas lights thing. Barron wants the city to buy Christmas lights instead of leasing them.

    Total cost to adorn light poles on US Highway 27A and U.S. Highway 19 is about $14,000.     And that's just for part of the town. If she could get 100 light poles decorated, it would cost about $23,000. And they come with a three-year manufacturer's warranty. That's if the city had bought them in July.    

  • I would like to thank family, friends, organizations, and all other supporters for donations and encouragement in helping me attend the College Connection at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. This summer program gave me great insight on what attending this school would be like upon high school graduation. Each day I was engaged in activities with excellent instructors who were currently involved in such professional fields as game design and computer animation. I really did enjoy having hands-on experience in the department of Computer Animation.