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Opinion

  • Lubcho Michevski is not as alone as he thinks he is.

    Less than 24 hours after my column about his desire to return to his native Bulgaria appeared April 2, calls, e-mails, letters and money started showering my office at the Chiefland Citizen.

    The people of Levy County and the surrounding area, in fact, the world, felt compassion and many stepped up to the plate offering any help they could.

  • I’ve always been a countdown-er. Fourteen weeks until the baby’s due date. Six weeks until Christmas. A month until vacation. Three days until the weekend.

    For two weeks now, I’ve been counting down the days until May 6–my last day at the Chiefland Citizen.

    Journalists, by their very nature, are transient.

    We’re always looking for better jobs, better opportunities, better positions, better money.

    Some of us make lateral moves and for a variety of reasons.

  • Donations and offers of help continue to come in almost daily to assist Chiefland resident and Bulgarian-born Lubcho Michevski return to his native country. (Chiefland Citizen April 2 and April 16)

    A bank account for donations will be soon established and information on how you can help will be published in the newspaper in the weeks to come.

     

  • As many of you know, the legislature recently met in a special session to make significant cuts to the state’s budget for the current fiscal year. This special session was called as a direct result of the economic downturn our nation, our state and our individual communities have all been experiencing. This downturn led to subsequent cuts to many programs and it will definitely shape the policies we implement, as well as the final budget we pass during the upcoming regular session.

  • Lubcho Michevski is a heart-broken stranger in a foreign land.

    You may not know him by name, but if you’ve driven through Chiefland much over the past decade, you have perhaps passed him as he walked from one errand to another making the daily trek from his home near Manatee Springs into town, about 12 miles round trip.

    Or maybe you ate food he prepared while he was the cook at Bar-B-Q Bill’s.

    Lubcho is a familiar sight around town. Short and stocky with a balding pate, khaki shorts and dark socks, he walks a lot.

  • To the editor:

    I am married to a teacher that has been pinked slipped. I feel that I must state that Mr. Stewart did indeed join the DROP program and is in the extended DROP as Teachers did have the option to continue in DROP for an additional three years, which does not constitute “double-dipping”.  Even though he is at the top of his pay scale, I can assure you that his salary is still less than what the Superintendent and Principals are making and these administrative personnel are not even in the classroom teaching the future leaders of Levy County.

  • To the editor:

    On Sunday, March 15, 2009 I found mself in a situation I’m not very familiar with. I have spent many years responding and assiting people with medical emergencies, on this particular afternoon I began not feeling well, upon insistence of my family, 911 was called. Both Williston fire department and Levy County Emergency Medical Services responded.

  • It took over 40 years but somehow I have managed to stop being a compulsive worrier.

    I wasn’t born with the affliction nor did I learn it from my mother, who was in a constant state of frenzy, tackling not only her worries but those of everyone she knew–and oftentimes those of people she had only heard of.

    I’m not sure when I started worrying, but I think it probably coincided with being a mother for the first time.

    And from that point on, it snowballed into a self-contained epidemic in my own head.

  • More than 100 national groups and hundreds of local organizations recently participated in America Saves Week. Social Security was proud to be one of them.

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    I have been around horses for most of my 62 years. I have been an equine professional since the mid 80s, my wife even longer.

    According to Pony Club of America studies 84 percent of horse falls result in concussion. When a safety helmet is worn with the proper ASTM specifications that probability drops to 18 percent. Knowing this fact, plus the recent death of Liam Neeson’s wife, who in their right mind would not demand that their children wear a proper helmet?

  • The Book of Esther tells the tale of how an orphan girl rises to power and saves her people from genocide. One of only three biblical books named for women - Ruth and Susanna being the other two - the Book of Esther has all the ingredients of a fairy tale: a beautiful heroine, a powerful king, an evil villain, intrigue, secrets, suspense, comeuppance, and a happy ending. The book touches on themes of gender roles, respect for and defiance of authority, fidelity to one’s own heritage, and selflessness.

  • The following American authors and works should bring hours of intellectual engagement to anyone interested in how women portray life and living in times past as people across the nation celebrate Women’s History Month.

  • To the editor:

    It is just awful with what the executives of AIG are getting away with! They are squandering some 160 - 200 million of our tax dollars to give bonuses! Well I am not going to condemn or excuse the executives of AIG. What they are doing appears shameful but I only have the information provided by the news media.

  • R.T. of Chiefland asks, “I don’t have a will, but my children keep telling me I need to get one. I don’t have all that much, just some land, a mobile home, my truck, some guns and a few other things. Do I need a will? And what’s the difference between a will and a living will?”

    Dear R.T.;

  • As the Chiefland Citizen continues to grow and expand its Web presence over the next few months, we want to make our print readers aware of the features that are available to them online.

    The box at right shows the topics on our website under Opinion>Reader Forums where readers can sound off on national, local and state topics.

    Each week at least one new topic will be added to the box and readers are invited to sound off on these subjects.

    The site is moderated and profanity and libelous materials will be scrutinized carefully.

  • Social Security has a new online retirement application. You can apply for retirement benefits from the comfort of your home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov. There’s no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. You can complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s very easy!

  • It was a slow and absolutely beautiful day Wednesday when a co-worker said while visiting Trailhead Park a ranger came up and locked the restroom.

    He informed her that he did so because “terrorists were putting something in the soap dispensers.”

    She came back to the newsroom with her news flash and as newsies are wont to do on a slow day, we jumped on it.

    Cedar Key Bureau Head Kellie Rae Parkin searched the Internet for soap+rest stop+I75+florida and narrowed it to the last 24 hours.

  • To the editor:

    It is very disconcerting that the vacancies on the Levy County Commission still sit vacant after almost four months of waiting for a decision from Tallahassee.   

    Everyone should know by now two commissioners were indicted and suspended by the governor in the middle of the fourth quarter of 2008.

    It is now almost the end of February and there have not been any appointments to the positions.  

  • To the editor:

    This is a thank you to the couple who have been tending to the Shell Mound Camp/Park.

    We got the very sad news that they will no longer be overseeing the Shell Mound Campground.

    I hope the good people of Levy County and surrounding areas realize what a loss TO US ALL this is.

    This couple kept the grounds immaculate, the bathrooms clean, and the campgrounds safe for all – families, children, women camping alone, the list goes on.

    If you had a problem, it was resolved or a solution offered.