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Opinion

  •  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.

  • By DANIEL J. VANCE

    Following a distressing situation that would have emotionally crushed most of us, 38-year-old Patrick Donohue of New York City has been able to redeem a great amount of good from it to benefit millions of Americans. I consider what Donohue has been doing one of the most important, largely untold stories in America today.

  • I want to wish "Cracker" Johnson well as he begins his chore as a County Commissioner.

        As a former Commission Candidate for District 1 in 2008, I campaigned along side of Mr. Blitch and Mr. Macri and they ran a good hard campaign. They spent a lot of money and walked many miles on the campaign trail.

        In my opinion, These two gentlemen should have been appointed to the two empty seats by the Governor. They both garnered a lot of votes.

  • Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.

  • Dear Levy County,

        Hello, it’s me again, the short, fat, hairy legged guy with the big hat. Words will never express the gratitude my family and I have for you.

        We must say "thank you" again to the 8,818 Voters last November. We were humbled and blessed then and continue to be today by those who have fought for almost nine more months for my Appointment. Thank You for your prayers and words of encouragement.

  • To the Editor:

        The resignation of Senator Mel Martinez is insignificant since he was a lackluster RINO (Republican In Name Only) and did not properly represent the best interests of the State of Florida and the United States.

  • Levy County Public Library System's summer programs will end this week.

    Thank you to all the parents and daycares that made them a huge success. Summer programs are always fun at the library.

    Regular monthly programs will be starting again in September for the school year. Please contact your local librarian for specific dates and details.

    Thank you to all of our community helpers:

    Family and Consumer Sciences Levy County Extension which provide weekly healthy snacks and handouts;