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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    This story concerning Mr. Wayne Thomas is, to say the least, disturbing. Where were the parents of these young children? Surely they would have detected alcohol when these young girls came home. What this man did was unconscionable. The parents of these girls should be brought to account for their actions and why they allowed this to happen. Shame on you.

    Donna DeGroat

    Chiefland

     

  • To the editor:

    Like most Americans, family farmers and ranchers are affected by the current economic situation facing our nation. Unfortunately, farmers and ranchers face an added economic hardship: the federal estate taxes that come due when a family member dies.

  • Neva Mae Gribble, 84, of Chiefland died April 24, 2009 in Trenton.

    She was born Neva Mae Hapner in Shepherd, Mich. and moved to Florida in 1996.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Rex Potter in 1999 and husband Roy Gribble in 2004.

    She was a loving mother and grandmother.

  • Bring up the importance of the Bible and two reactions are common: unquestioning zeal for God’s literal word, and anger. Both reactions stem from defensive points of view: defense of the faith; and defense of the self from those eager to impose belief.

    I would like to offer an alternative that has nothing to do with arguments about faith or truth.

    The Bible is important because its proverbs, its stories and its mythologies underpin art and literature in Western Civilization.

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    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.