Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

  • City needs police


    As an avid reader of the Riverland News and an interested and concerned member of our beautiful community I am deeply saddened and extremely concerned with your recent opinion in your column, Our View dated Feb. 12.

  • Rainbow Springs resident wants change

    I am writing this letter to let the people of this town to know about the inconsistency’s of the Rainbow Springs Woodlands POA. And also the fact that they seem to target people with teen-aged children.

    I have lived in the Woodlands for almost eight years and for the last two years, me and my family and friends with teen-aged children have constantly been harassed by what a few of the family’s here call the rolling constable.

  • Come out and support our Green Market

    It’s time for residents to come out and support Dunnellon’s Green Market.

    It’s a popular concept that works in numerous other communities of all sizes — from the city of Orlando to the Top of the World develoopment — and provides a healthy enjoyable alternative way to shop, socialize and try out new products right here in our Historic District.

    Organizers of the Green Market has gotten the event off the ground and stuck with it, but need more public support and exposure.

  • Reintroduce expired sales tax

    Did we notice it? A half-cent sales tax approved by Marion County voters back in 2004 provided $109 million for new schools in one of Central Florida’s largest school districts.

    School Board members have yet to decide if they will ask voters to renew the tax, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, but it seems like a wise move. It’s an opportunity to direct some dollars toward education, in a rather painless fashion.

  • Our biggest engine running on empty

    Back in 2005, then Marion County School Board members Kurt Kelly and Steve Hering expressed concerns about the effect of the Classroom Size Reduction Amendment and other areas of the district’s growing budget.

    “There may not be enough money to take care of the needs of this school system,” Herring was quoted as saying in the district newsletter. But that budget — with its $59 million increase —squeaked by on a 3-2 margin. And those were much better times. The point being that school district finances have been a concern for years.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 22, 2010

    Community support

    made event possible

    A giant thanks to the community of Dunnellon and all who attended and helped in making Boomtown Days a success this year. The weather provided a perfect weekend for fun, shopping and entertainment. So many local businesses and clubs contributed time and talent to make this year’s festival possible. The attendees appeared to be having plenty to do and see.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 25, 2010

    Muddled meeting

    solved nothing

    The Friday, March 19, meeting to “discuss” the aerobatic box over the Dunnellon/ Marion County Airport turned out to be nothing more than a lesson in primitive protocol! Held in an aircraft hanger at the airport, the 10 a.m. event rapidly degraded from rowdy to utterly chaotic as dissident attendees spontaneously shouted and waved their arms in the air at every reasonable statement presented by the leadership.