http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Teal Pomeroy http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/teal-pomeroy <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5035.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The sudden and tragic death of Teal Pomeroy has left this community stunned.</p> <p> The loss is deeply felt because he was in the prime of his life. He was only 42 and had accomplished so much.</p> <p> But what adds to the pain is that he epitomized the phrase &ldquo;local boy.&#39;</p> <p> Pomeroy grew up in Chiefland, attended school here and had lifelong friends made in those 12 years of going to class. He loved the woods and waters that are so plentiful in Levy County. And he took full enjoyment in them.</p> Good News: Here I go again... http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/good-news-here-i-go-again <p> I miss spending lazy Fridays chatting with Winnelle Horne on the porch of the Levy County Quilt Museum.</p> <p> She certainly tolerated my foolishness while educating me on Levy County culture.</p> <p> One thing the late founder often said to me, &rdquo;You&#39;re certainly opinionated.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Um huh. You want me to leave now?&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;No.&rdquo;</p> <p> But right about now, she might want to come back and snatch me up by the ear because I am going to give out an opinion that will rile feathers &ndash; something she warned against.</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> Superintendent is appreciative http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/superintendent-appreciative <p> To the editor:</p> <p> Aug. 10 was a wonderful start to another great school year in Levy County. The sun was shining, students were excited and teachers were prepared to open the school house doors to 5,500 students.</p> Paradox http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/paradox <p> By Ray Sparrow</p> <p> Guest Columist</p> <p> I looked up the definition of &quot;PARADOX&quot; and it was something that is seemingly senseless, illogical and self contradictory. A picture on the internet shows two girls, side by side. One is dressed in full camouflage, holding a Christian bible in one hand, an AR-15 in the other hand. The other girl is decked out in typical Muslim garb holding a Quran in one hand, an AK-47 in the other, indicating that they are ready to engage in violent acts with guns in defense of their religious ideology. Now that screams paradox.</p> Something to think about http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/something-think-about <p> To the editor:</p> <p> A political race is gaining momentum that is very close to my heart. Running for Superintendent of Levy County Schools are&nbsp;Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison, who has served under Superintendent Robert O. Hastings and the previous superintendent, and Jerry Lawrence &ndash; a veteran educator of 26 years and school administrator who understands the heartbeat of our teachers, students, and parents.&nbsp;</p> Thank you for remembering http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/thank-you-remembering <p> We want to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support given us during the loss of our mother and grandmother, Helen Hiers Usher. We have wonderful memories and even better friends to sustain us during this time. Thank you for sharing so many of your memories and stories of and about her with us. They truly warm our hearts.</p> <p> Lovingly,</p> <p> Ken, Lynetta &amp; John Korey Griner</p> <p> Karen &amp; Luke White</p> <p> Chiefland&nbsp;</p> Levy's loss is great http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/levys-loss-great <p> Last week Levy County lost a remarkable lady, Helen Usher.</p> <p> I was honored and privileged to have her in my life as a teacher, mentor, family friend and lifetime acquaintance.</p> <p> Mrs. Usher was a Bronson High alumni, in class with my Uncle Jr. Jerrels, my eighth grade math teacher who prepared me in later life, when starting my studies in engineering. Her extra help and attention, were largely responsible for me being able to obtain many of my goals.</p>