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Opinion

  • Brace yourself

    for ‘Obamacare’

    The Senate and the House of Representatives are both trying to ram through a health care plan that will add over $1 Trillion to an already obscene national debt because President Obama is commanding them to do so. Remember the last few times he told them to get a bill to his desk quickly?

  • Supporters make

    golf tournament successful

    The Dunnellon High School Booster Club and Coach Beasley are proud to announce that the 5th Annual Phil Nichols Memorial Golf Tournament held on June 6 at Juliette Falls Golf Course was a very wet success.

    Thank you to all 96 golfers for coming out on such a rainy day and to all the sponsors for their generous support.

    The money raised will go toward providing a scholarship and toward the Tiger Football Team.

    This year a scholarship was awarded to graduating senior Chris Dodge.

  • As Marion County residents enjoy summer activities, the Marion County Health Department is urging the community to be watchful of children taking part in water recreation.

    “Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death for small children,” said Carol Jubelirer, Marion County Health Department executive nurse director. “It takes as little as two inches of water for a child to drown, so adults should keep close supervision on children while they are in or around the water.”

  • OES thanks

    community and sponsors

    Dunnellon Chapter 235 Order of the Eastern Star would like to thank the community for the support we received for our fundraiser, Fashion Show/Luncheon.

  • What can you get for a dime these days?

    A cup of coffee? No. A newspaper? No. A pack of gum? No.

    What’ll a dime of debt get you at Dunnellon High School?

    During graduation ceremonies, the school will withhold your diploma and present you with a note telling you to pay up.

    That’s what happened to a 17-year-old graduate who said she accidentally paid $2.80 on a $2.90 fine in January.

  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury for young people in America and with summer upon us, more teens than ever are operating motor vehicles on our highways.

    In response, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has taken a laudable step and launched a parents’ section on its teen driving Web site at www.flhsmv.gov/teens.

    The new and improved site provides parents with useful information to help them teach their teens to become safe drivers.

  • Was column a joke?

    The guest column of April 2, “It is Time to Tax God”.... that was an April fool’s joke, right? There’s no way you could have been serious with that intellectually bankrupt drivel. I especially got a big laugh where the writer insists God be given our leftovers. That just goes to show you how big an idiot King Solomon was for wasting all that work and money building a temple for God. (I Kings, Chapters 5 and 6).

  • The state Public Service Commission last week approved Progress Energy Florida’s reduction in rates, lowering customers’ rates for April an average of 11 percent.

    Before we go patting anyone on the back, there are several facts to consider.

    First, Progress Energy had raised its rates by 25 percent beginning in January; partly due to fuel adjustment costs and the rest to recoup pre-construction costs for the two new nuclear plants planned for Levy County.

  • Get your facts straight!

    In a letter printed in the Riverland News March 26, Frank J. Strobl related the fact that “departed City Manager Bill Bailey had signed contractual documents with the law firm of Fowler, O’Quinn, Feeney and Sneed to have Tom Feeney represent the city in Tallahassee.” He further stated that he read in a March 16 article by Staff Writer Bill Thompson of the Ocala Star Banner that “Burt Eno of Rainbow River Estates and Rainbow River Conservation, Inc. was the link to acquiring the services of Feeney.”

  • The city of Dunnellon is facing s critical situation when it comes to resident participation in local government.

    The city has been unable to attract enough interested people to maintain a functioning planning commission. And other city boards are suffering from a lack of membership as well.

  • Addressing issues

    with POA

    A letter from a Rainbow Springs resident was published in your Feb. 19 issue. In it he voiced several issues with the Rainbow Springs POA Board.

  • Lawmakers betray residents

    in favor of Progress Energy

    Please permit me to update our electric users on the activities relating to trying to convince our State Government to repeal the statute granting Progress Energy the right to charge their customers to build a nuclear power plant in Florida.

    While rustling through the Florida Constitution, I came across this little gem: The Florida Legislature will not enact any statute granting a privilege to a private corporation. Article 3, Section 11, Sub-section 12.

  • Simple common sense precautions are valuable tools when it comes to protecting yourself and family against flu. The swine flu outbreak that has now proven fatal in the United States remains in the news as governments around the globe as well as the World Health Organization monitor the spread of this virus and strive to keep it from claiming more lives.

    The Florida Department of Health had confirmed five cases in the state as of Monday afternoon and a public health emergency was declared by the state surgeon general.

  • Sunday, June 14 is Flag Day. Though it is not a standout in the hierarchy of American holidays, Flag Day has a history, traditions and still attracts a share of support.

    Unfortunately for Flag Day, it splits the hectic days of early summer between Memorial Day and 4th of July. It is overshadowed by graduations and runs up on Father’s Day.

    In these busy times, Flag Day can easily pass unnoticed. And falling on a Sunday (this year) doesn’t help.

  • Children’s home

    benefits from “Bear Market”

  • Dunnellon Lions Club

    Classic Car Show

    The Dunnellon Lions Club held its 31st annual Classic Car Show April 26, not its first as stated in last week’s letter.

    That letter also omitted Dunnellon Mulch and Stone from the list of sponsors that made the event so successful.

    Dunnellon Lions Club

    Thank

    you all

  • One of our area’s biggest health treats is often preventable or at least can be mitigated with quick appropriate action. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a national effort to focus attention on what strokes are, how they can be prevented and what should be done when a suspected stroke occurs.

    According to the National Stroke Association, Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the No.1 cause of adult disability.

  • There is an old saying that no one’s life, liberty or wallet is safe so long as the Legislature is in session, and politicians routinely seem determined to validate the truth of the adage.

  • Tigers’ win done with class

    In their all black uni’s, looking much like the lovebugs (that infested and pestered the fans in the stands) so did the Dunnellon Tiger’s Girls softball team pester a very good Lake Wales squad, taking a first inning one run lead and building it into a 3-1 victory to win their first ever Florida State High School Girls Softball Championship.

  • In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogant or jingoistic. Some people even use it as a political weapon; “Don’t question my patriotism,” they say. Yet, this Memorial Day, and every other day for that matter, we should remember that those who died for this country are the true patriots.