http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en "Man Fear" riles the roost http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/man-fear-riles-roost <p> I admit it. I can stir up trouble. The particular variety I have been engaging in is &ldquo;Man Fear.&rdquo;</p> <p> It begins when I say things like:</p> <p> &ldquo;We need a weed trimmer.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;We need a riding lawn mower and I want one with a Z-turn.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I need a hedge trimmer so the azalea bushes can be cut by July.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I would like to have one of those small handheld cordless drill/screwdrivers to hang things around the house.&rdquo;</p> Letters Policy http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/letters-policy <p> &nbsp;The Chiefland Citizen welcomes reader input on topics of local interest. To be considered for publication, submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:</p> Letters to the Editor for January 29 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/letters-editor-january-29 <p> <strong>Let&#39;s outsmart the state</strong></p> <p> In a report by the University of Florida, the white-tailed deer is identified as the most economically important big game mammal in North America and Florida.</p> <p> In 2011, over $50 billion was spent on deer hunting in the United States. That is a lot of money.</p> <p> In an effort to keep increasing the one spent on hunting, the state of Florida continues to increase the number of days doe deer can be killed.</p> Our View: Off the table ... finally http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/our-view-table-finally <p> Readers rejoice: you&rsquo;ll no longer to have read about the ongoing controversy over which newspaper in this county should be running the county&rsquo;s legal notices and Delinquent Tax Notices.</p> <p> Go ahead, take your time, rejoice. I&rsquo;ll be here when you&rsquo;re finished.</p> <p> Done? Good. Now you can read on to find out why.</p> Bag ban to face hurdles in The Sunshine State http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/bag-ban-face-hurdles-sunshine-state <p> <strong>By Bruce Ritchie</strong></p> <p> <strong>ContextFlorida</strong></p> <p> Florida won&rsquo;t follow California on bag ban because of a 2008 law requiring a study.</p> <p> California became the first state in the nation recently to ban disposable single-use plastic shopping bags.</p> <p> The ban is needed, supporters said, to reduce litter and protect birds and sea life from becoming entangled in bags. The ban also prevents bags from clogging storm drains or winding up in landfills.</p> Don’t let seasonal spikes become the new normal for utility bills http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/don%E2%80%99t-let-seasonal-spikes-become-new-normal-utility-bills <p> <strong>Dr. J. Robert McClure</strong></p> <p> <strong>ContextFlorida</strong></p> <p> Floridians aren&rsquo;t surprised when they see seasonal spikes on their utility bills. A lengthy cold snap in January or lingering summer heat can send their energy bills soaring like fireworks on the Fourth of July.</p> <p> Fortunately, in a state blessed by ocean breezes and a climate ranging from temperate to subtropical, there&rsquo;s welcome relief in the months when temperatures &mdash; and utility bills &mdash; remain in the moderate range.</p> How the First District Court of Appeal ignored Florida voters http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/how-first-district-court-appeal-ignored-florida-voters <p> <strong>Martin Dyckman</strong></p> <p> <strong>ContexTFlorida</strong></p> <p> Voters across Florida cast ballots in November 2000 to say whether they wanted to continue electing most of their circuit and county court judges or would let the governor appoint them.</p> <p> Election was the overwhelming favorite everywhere. In Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, which comprise the Fourth Circuit, it was the choice of 69.3 percent of the voters.</p> <p> This week, Florida&rsquo;s First District Court of Appeal had a message for them:</p> <p> Drop dead.</p> Amendment 2 not needed; we already have Charlotte’s Web http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/amendment-2-not-needed-we-already-have-charlotte%E2%80%99s-web <p> <em><strong>Barney Bishop</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>ContexTFlorida</strong></em></p> <p> As time goes by, it appears that Amendment 2 is facing serious opposition from likely voters.</p> <p> Though the press has loved quoting a flawed Quinnipiac Poll that showed 88 percent of voters were in support, once pollsters began asking the question as it would appear on the ballot, support has dropped significantly to somewhere between 56 percent and 61 percent.</p>