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Opinion

  • Thanks for support

  • Legislature has its own priorities

  • Monte Carlo Night

    a success

  • When the time changes Sunday, March 8, Marion County Fire Rescue encourages residents to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

    Most people die in house fires not because of the flames but because of the deadly carbon monoxide smoke. People inhale the toxins, go to sleep and often never wake up. But if people have working smoke alarms, they are 70-percent more likely to escape a fire unharmed. Sadly, most smoke alarms don’t work because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries or poor maintenance.

  • Most Riverland residents will be more than happy to ring in the New Year and close the books on 2008.

    And though it will rank as a year of great economic decline with a painfully high local jobless rate, there were many proud accomplishments during the past 12 months.

    It was a pivotal year for the city of Dunnellon in terms of projects and planning, and a notable year for worthwhile community endeavors. Looking back over the many stories of 2008, we found weekly examples of area organizations and individuals serving the community.

  • While Dunnellon is a small city in terms of population and geography, it has enough big challenges, opportunities and issues to demand a top-flight replacement for retiring City Manager Bill Bailey, whose extended retirement date is April 30.

  • For the children

  • Hat drive

    successful

    Indian Joe’s Cutlery would like to thank the Dunnellon Masonic Lodge No. 136 and everyone who generously donated hats and caps to the cancer patients at the Gainesville Veterans Hospital. We collected 270 hats.

    Indian Joe’s Cutlery

    Reply to

    Frankenfield letter

    This letter is in reply to the letter to the editor from Rainbow Springs President Frankenfield published in the Riverland News on Jan. 29, 2009.

  • Who wants to live where

     only POA has a say?

    I have noticed that last week our Riverland newspaper was loaded with POA blues letters. I wrote an article about a month ago with my phone number and name to try and help. I am going to try this again. But what I don’t understand is why some of you only respond when it hits you in your pocket book. As some of you all ready know I am being sued by our POA and it’s ridiculous but it’s true.

    The fact of the matter is our POA is out of control and we need to do something about it.

  • The Florida Legislature closed its January special session with a balanced budget plan that sidestepped the fiscal reality that the state’s sales-tax-based revenue structure has been broken by the weight of the worst economic recession and financial crisis since the Great Depression.

    In disregarding this fiscal reality, the Republican-controlled Legislature ignored a needed balanced budget approach of decreasing spending and creating new revenue sources to sustain essential services and programs critical to the short- and long-term health of Florida and its citizens.

  • Today — Jan. 20, 2009 — will forever be a part of American history. The beginning of a new era in American history does not mean the end of an old era, but rather the continuation of one that spans the constitutional life of our nation.

    Today will mark the day Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America.

    From this day forward, we will never view ourselves the same way. From this day forward, the world will never view us the same way. From this day forward, a new chapter begins and we each share the pen.

  • Hats off to organizers and contributing sponsors who made the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in Dunnellon a success.

    Working with the city, several local churches and the Concerned Citizens of Chatmire, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Commission put on a community event it can point to with pride.

    This annual event has grown and improved, providing a meaningful experience for all ages of participants.

  • When 2008 turns to 2009, champagne corks will pop, bubbly will flow and resolutions will be made. As usual, many New Year’s resolutions will involve goals for improved diet, exercise, and weight loss. Unfortunately, by the end of January, a multitude of the resolutions will lose their fizz as determination becomes flat.

    TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), which has two chapters in the Riverland and is the nation’s original weight-loss support group, shares the following tips to help make New Year’s resolutions stick:

    1. Make it nonnegotiable.

  • Rate payers

    should get stock

  • At a time when Marion County’s unemployment rate is nearing double digits, those at local charities providing food and other aid to people in need have seen a steep increase in the demand for services.

  • Opposition to Progress Energy passing its preconstruction costs for the Levy County nuclear power plants onto its customers has been electric.

    Two Florida legislators joined the discussion last Friday, sending a letter to Progress Energy Florida officials saying electric customers cannot afford the additional rates. In the letter, state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, asked company president Jeffrey Lyash to postpone the increases, which begins in January.

  • What were they thinking — a railroad through Rainbow Springs? Progress energy’s short-lived plan to build a railroad spur line from just east of Highway 41, through Rainbow Springs to its proposed nuclear plant in Levy County is apparently off the table.

    It was one of the company most controversial proposals of 2008, the same year Progress Energy proposed high voltage power lines over the Rainbow River and having customers pay for the multibillion power plant in advance with rate hikes.

  • What a parade. It had everything. The annual Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade was a successful entertaining event.

    It had everything a local parade should have. The theme was Hometown Christmas, and it appropriately celebrated the season with an interesting mix of floats, decorated vehicles, marching units, clowns, animals and big trucks.

    There were about 40 parade units in all, including high school and middle school groups, horses, dogs, politicians, veterans, color guards, scouts, and many local businesses.

  • It has been a difficult holiday season, but some amazing community events have taken place and more are scheduled as we move toward the New Year.

    Last week for the first time, The Festival of the Trees was held at McDonough Capital Management in Dunnellon. This unique event involved more than a dozen local businesses. Participants sponsored decorated trees that were on display to the public last week. The trees were way beyond ordinary as sponsors went all out to give their trees a unique look.

  • Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet recently signed a resolution recognizing the achievements of the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) that have led to Florida’s newly acclaimed status as America’s “Best Trails State.”

    The award, the first “Best Trails State” ever awarded by American Trails, was presented to the OGT last month at the National Trails Symposium in Arkansas, recognizing Florida’s success in facilitating an outstanding statewide system of trails.