Today's Opinions

  • 09/12/2019 The Other Guy

    “Part of the journey is the end.” — Tony Stark/Iron Man

    A little more than nine years ago, I came to the Riverland News, having accepted the role as the editor. It marked my return to life at a weekly newspaper.

    My goal was to make an impact, three years, four at the most, I believed and I’d make a move to a larger newspaper.

    Life has an interesting way of putting a twist on plans. But there’s little I would do differently because being here has taught me a lot of invaluable lessons.

  • 08/15/2019 Our Voice

    The council made its point known to the county: it isn’t happy with the congestion at Blue Run Park, whether it’s the water-related users, the traffic or shuttle services and it wants a limit placed on tubers.

    That’s the message we received and it’s not very neighborly of city officials who bemoaned the current amount of people and vehicles entering and exiting Blue Run Park.

    We certainly agree, the overcrowding and traffic issues at Blue Run Park need to be resolved.

  • 06/27/2019 Our Voice

    Recent deaths on the Rainbow River steered Dunnellon City Council into appointing an ad hoc River Safety Committee to see what could be done to stop additional issues.

    The committee met and developed some suggestions for use of the Rainbow River. Several of the proposals have merit and the necessary agencies should implement the ideals as soon as possible.

  • 05/23/2019 Our Voice

    Jim Gissy loves Dunnellon, and he could have taken a different route in pursuing his efforts to improve the local economy.

    But he has chosen not to, because he wants to work hand-in-hand with city officials.

    So now, the future development rests with city staff, the planning commission and, ultimately, the city council.

  • 04/18/2019 Our Voice

    “It is imperative that with the increased pressure from developers to make Dunnellon into a resort town that we make sure our elected officials have the communities (sic) best interests at heart.”

    — Blue Cove Homeowners Association Board in an August 2018 email to its members.

  • 03/21/2019 Our Voice

    In less than a month, the council will decide the fate of Charles “Chuck” Dillon and his partners’ request to change the density of a 2.5-acre parcel of property west of Blue Cove Lake, as they seek to build up to 18 townhomes in a 55-plus community.

    The council has a lot to consider: staff recommendations, the planning commission’s decision and those of the residents who have voiced concerns. But at the end of the day, this is a choice that should be an easy one to make.

  • 01/24/2019 The Other Guy Jeff Bryan

    “I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings.

    “Coming down is the hardest thing.”

    — Tom Petty

    I was 12,500 feet above DeLand on Saturday, when Freddie tapped me on my shoulder and asked if I was ready.

    Confidently, I said, “Yes.”

    Inside, I felt like Wile E. Coyote who had just ran off the cliff and was about to plummet hundreds of feet, sans a parachute. I wanted to hold up a placard, which stated, “Yikes!”

  • 01/17/2019 Our Voice

    Beginning next Wednesday, the city council will host a series of “vision and strategy sessions,” buoyed by a $25,000 state grant from the Department of Economic Opportunities. The initiative, if you will, is designed at developing a new economic development plan for the city, which would benefit not just the residents, but the businesses and thousands of visitors who make the trek here annually to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.