To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

"I was completely vulnerable and helpless."

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

Note: Before readers jump to conclusions and attack the writer, readers should realize that this information was addressed with the Sheriff’s Office first and posted to their Facebook page. The post was later deleted. The Sheriff’s Office stated that they do not have a need for an interpreter. Ocala, Florida — I usually keep to […]

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

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To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Marion County was recently vetted as a potential site for a sunscreen (suntan lotion) manufacturing plant. The company would have brought more than 200 high paying jobs to the area. The initial plan was to renovate and revitalize some of the already vacant buildings in the area. To vet the area, three staff members, one investigator […]

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

Ocala, Florida — It was a little disheartening to see all the Marion County citizens rally for the Confederate flag recently.  Not that they shouldn’t be allowed to show their enthusiastic support for whatever cause they deem worthy, but the fact that they then show such little support for the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department […]

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

  Fathers’ Day is upon us and like Mothers’ Day, it brings to mind the importance of parents and especially fathers and fathering. I’m fortunate to be a Father, Grandfather and no less important, a Guardian ad Litem who advocates for and befriends children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse, neglect […]

To the Editor: Clean-up good ol’ boy practices and wink-and-nudge government

To the Editor: Clean-up good ol’ boy practices and wink-and-nudge government

Dear Neighbor, In September when a group of Okaloosa County elected officials met with over 200 citizens in an “Accountability Okaloosa” town hall meeting, one of the topics on many minds was tightening financial controls and improving fiscal stewardship at the county level. The elephant in the room was the Tourist Development Council scandal replete […]

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

I recently read an article about many positive efforts to improve the economy of Marion County. I also read, and am experiencing, the results of one area of negative impact on the economy of Marion County. And that is the continuing exodus of our fire and EMS personnel caused by the embarrassing low salaries — […]

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

Polk County — As Election Day draws near, “medical marijuana” has become a hot topic, and many have asked me about my position concerning constitutional Amendment 2. That’s simple: I am personally against the amendment because I know it is a ruse that will create defacto-legalization of marijuana in Florida. The amendment supporters are counting […]

To the Editor: Open Letter to the Citizens of Marion County

To the Editor: Open Letter to the Citizens of Marion County

Marion county, Florida — Your Marion County Deputy Sheriffs need your help. They are calling 911. There is an urgent emergency! As veterans of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, we live here. We work here and raise our families here. We have proudly dedicated our professional careers to serving Marion County as law enforcement officers. […]

To the Editor: Should state colleges and universities be required to give taxpayer-funded in-state tuition subsidies to ‘undocumented’ or ‘illegal’ students?

To the Editor: Should state colleges and universities be required to give taxpayer-funded in-state tuition subsidies to ‘undocumented’ or ‘illegal’ students?

  Florida — Following the Easter and Passover break, the Senate and House will be back in Tallahassee Monday for the final two weeks of Florida’s Legislative Session. I’m writing you today to share my perspective – and ask for yours – about an issue that’s on the minds of many folks who are emailing […]

To the Editor: Corruption in the city hf High Springs

To the Editor: Corruption in the city hf High Springs

  PBA Responds to City of High Springs Termination of Police Chief Steve Holley: This morning, in an email to the attorneys representing High Springs Police Chief Steve Holley, the City of High Springs terminated Chief Holley’s employment alleging that he had been absent without authorization from his duties with the High Springs Police Department. […]