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Opinion

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    Dear Editor:

  • In April of 1929, a group called the Patrons of Williston Grammar School contacted Florida Gov. Doyle E. Carlton to lodge a complaint against the Levy County School Board.  At issue was the closing of the grammar school two months early, while the high school continued classes for the full eight-month term.
    The Patrons argued that in 1927, they privately paid $4.00 per month for the two last months of school so the students could have a full eight-month term. The following year, they paid for one month so students could have an eight-month term.

  • Maybe the various Water Management Districts and Environmental Protection agencies should stop squabbling with each other over which county has the highest priority for the need to find a solution to our state's approaching water crisis.
    As long as there's water in the rivers and lakes, and peoples’ wells are still pumping water, no one will pay attention to the dire reports of those various water district officials until it's too late.
    You know that old expression: “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.”

  • "Spring begins." My calendar has informed me of the official beginning of this refreshing season, although I've felt it outside for a few weeks now. As a Floridian, I know spring will be short but it will also be time to break out of your everyday routine, release some stress, get out of the office and experience nature in Florida's state parks.

  • The Board of Directors, staff, and clients of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens wish to thank the community and Chiefland Citizen for their support of the LARC Thrift Store Clean Sweep Sale.
    LARC is so blessed to be located in an area where the people care and support the events we sponsor.  Thank you each and every one.
    Betty S. Walker
    Executive Director

     

  • By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In March of 1933, as many as 15 million people - a quarter of the nation’s workers - had no job and no hope of finding one. Factories lay idle, storefronts vacant, fields plowed under. State governments, cities, and towns had exhausted their meager relief funds.

  • It's not often that we get an opportunity to clip something out of the paper and carry it around to remind us of the good things in the world, but this is one.
    At the recent Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association's Youth Livestock Show and Sale a 10-year-old boy showed us what community is about.
    Chandler Beach's decision to give the money from the sale of his pig to Corbin Wiggins, a teen battling cancer for the second time in as many years, touched the hearts and wallets of many.

  • By TONI C. COLLINS
    Levy County Historian

    The Federal government has conducted a census or account of its population every year since 1790. In that year the census takers, who were U.S. marshals on horseback, counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
    Why did the government undertake such a huge project? As America expanded, the nation’s interests grew more complex and the government needed to plan for that new growth.

  • We have a seven-year-old Meyer lemon tree that has been grown organically for the last five years and experienced the same die-off of its pollinators as Barbara Robbie Blake wrote about in her “Take care when buying plants” letter in your March 22nd edition.

  • Growing up in Levy County has provided me with many friendships and memories that have lasted through the years.
    It was a great pleasure to see my good friends, H.C. Henderson and his late wife Faye, given much deserved recognition with Citizens of the Year and H.C. being named Alumni of the Year for the Levy County Schools Foundation.

  • Charlie Hendricks is 86 and in recent months has retired to his granddaughter's place outside of Trenton.
    Born in Indiana, he, like many other folks, came to Florida seeking his fortune after marrying a woman whose parents lived outside Sebring.
    They came in the late 1960s and settled around Anna Maria Island where he and his wife sold real estate. Later on, they opened an office in Dixie County.

  • In pastt columns, I discussed the effect children with disabilities have on marriages.
    One reader emailed, 35-year-old Brad from Southern California, to say he had been having a remarkably positive experience.
    His three-year-old daughter has Down syndrome, which was caused by an embryo cell division that created an extra No. 21 chromosome. It affects 350,000 Americans.

  • By TONI C. COLLINS
    Levy County historian
    On Jan. 19, 1979, James Lancaster of Luraville, a small community in Suwannee County on the east bank of the Suwannee River, mounted a drive to retrieve a relic from the river. Remembering the engine’s location from early boyhood, Lancaster financed the venture to bring to the surface a 130-year-old locomotive from the river bottom.

  • There is a hot little competition going on now that you may not know about. Maybe you did if you read the little item that said this newspaper and its employees are part of a big corporation, Landmark Media Enterprises.
    We are. I am not ashamed of it. It's not some dirty little secret.
    But why is it that that information is being spread about now?
    Money. County tax money.

  • I wish to thank all the contributors and participants, volunteers and staff for making the 2012 Florida State NASP Tournament a very special event.  First of all, the kids, of course, the best bunch of kids you could possibly gather in one place, they were terrific, as were their coaches.  Thanks to Safari Club International of North Florida, Tom Powell and Ray Pringle, Bear Archery Products of Gainesville, Neil Byce and Eric Godkin, Morrell Targets, Bernie and Dale Morrell and Woods ‘n Water Magazine for their contributions to the live event. 

  • Each morning cases come across my desk for review and I see the ways that folks are victimized by others seeking money through a variety of sources.
    The gamut ranges from charitable contributions to classified ads and the result is that frequently folks are getting diminished or zero return on their money. This, in a time when money is universally tight. If we are to avoid these scams, we need to get smarter about our responses.