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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to comment on the recent termination of Sharon and John McVickers as the park managers at Shell Mound.

    As a “VOTING” county citizen who uses this recreation area on a regular basis, I can testify that while under the McVickers’ care, the campsite was one of the cleanest, best run county parks that I have had the privilege of camping in.

  • To the editor:

    I want to begin with an invitation:

    You are cordially invited to attend a free rally in support of public education. The rally will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in Orlando in the UCF arena. Come and be apart of history while sending a strong message to our elected officials, Save Our Schools, Support Our Students, and Make Education a Priority.

  • One way to celebrate Black History month is to explore the rich tapestry of African American literature, a body of writing that includes well-known non-fiction works such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, and lesser-known fiction works such as The Bondwoman‘s Narrative by Hannah Crafts.

  • To the editor:

    It has been the privilege of the Community Church of the Nazarene located at 2659 State Road 26 West, Trenton to host the Down Home Days Arts and Crafts Festival for the last two years. The Chamber of Commerce had found it difficult to continue this event due to location difficulties and hoped someone would continue the 22 year old tradition, we stepped in to help.

  • To the editor:

    It’s clear that City Hall’s decision to install its new Ten Commandments monument will have a strong impact on the economic development of this region.

    Despite the absolute certainty of potentially crippling legal defense expenses, Chiefland’s civic leaders have made an unambiguous statement to the world about their willingness to hold the Constitution of the United States in utter disdain, while they promote one particular form of religious bigotry.

  • To the editor:

    In reference to Ms. Jones "opinion" comments I am in complete disagreement.

    First, it is CAAA, not CYAA, which is a direct reflection of the writer not being "from" here or she would have heard the term enough to know the acronym.

    Also, to say that there are people "not from here... that support this city" is also completely out of context.

  • To the editor:

    Let's get something established here before we go on hollering about executive pay and monstrous bonuses shall we.

    One of the biggest 'industries' in the United States that supplies immense power to the U.S. economy not only within our own borders but across the entire planet is our financial system.

    This is an economic engine of almost unimaginable size and power yet is in its own way as finally balanced as a first rate Swiss watch.

  • To the editor:

    The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, applauds the collaborative Trap-Neuter-Return efforts of Sheltering Hands, Humane Society of Levy County and River City Community Animal Hospital (“33 down, lots more to go in latest TNR”).

  • To the editor:

    I write this letter in reference to last week’s letter you received from our Levy County Property Appraiser, entitled “Setting the Record Straight”, I too don’t like to air things out through the media and that’s why when I read the statement that said that Mr. Carnegie and myself called a press conference concerning Mrs. Mary Golding being fired, I was shocked. We never called a press conference but we were contacted by the Chiefland Citizen to be interviewed just as Mr. Barker. Therefore it has become necessary for me to respond.

  • If the report on the Levy County budget situation was not clear, that’s because it is not. About the only thing that could be divined is that fuel taxes are going down. Sales taxes are also down.

    Granted there will be a hiccup now and then, but overall, expect taxes to keep shrinking.

    The only sure thing is the Board of County Commissioners will be keeping an eye on spending, and the public can expect a discussion on where cuts could be made.

  • We live in Levy County where only three of our five county commissioners are on the job.

    And Tuesday proved to be the day some folks learned what could happen if one of those three was unable to carry out their duties.

    Folks were gathered for the regular meeting of the commission. But Chair Nancy Bell was not there.

    Folks waited and fidgeted and wondered aloud where she was. Did something happen to her?

  • It has now become necessary that I make this statement concerning my decision to terminate Mrs. Mary Golding. My hope was that this situation would not have to be aired out in the media, for the sake of how this situation can damage the reputations of myself, the office, and Mrs. Golding. I myself have worked hard over the past years to be involved in the community and to lead a life that I hope will draw honor and glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because he is Worthy.

  • The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions for the year ahead.

    In past years, Social Security has suggested resolutions such as to plan ahead for your retirement, check your Social Security Statement, and safeguard your Social Security card and number. This year, we’d like to turn the tables and pledge to you our own resolutions as an agency. In 2009 Social Security resolves to …

  • Some people might categorize me as a skeptic. Maybe I am but I am in agreement with good old Benjamin Franklin who reputedly said, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” This philosophy was probably a result of inventing the bifocals.

    My personal history has shown that every time I get my hopes up they are soundly dashed to the ground in disappointment. I often refer to myself as an optimistic-pessimist; I know for sure things are going to go wrong. And, I am rarely disappointed in that aspect of life.