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Columns

  • For referendum, all roads lead to rejection

    Here are all the things that must happen before Citrus County voters will approve increasing the local sales tax from 6 to 7 cents for neighborhood road paving:

    1. The Tampa Bay Bucs will have a winning season.

    2. County Commissioner Scott Adams will make a motion to rehire Brad Thorpe as county administrator.

    3. Motorists in Citrus County will all use their turn signals when changing lanes on State Road 44.

  • Falling leaves and flying pests

    By Joel Jacobson

    Now that fall has arrived and the evening temperatures are cooling, one might think the mosquito season would be over. In a perfect world, maybe — in Citrus County, not yet. Persistent rains and warm nights have created conditions mosquitoes are thriving in.

    Two important mosquitoes for this time of year, Mansonia dyari and Aedes albopictus, are on the wing and in record numbers.

  • The River Project is not enough to protect teens

    By the Citizens for Informed Teens

    Talking about sex brings up our cultural values. It can also be embarrassing. However, we owe it to our young people to give them up-to-date, medically accurate information. And they need it now, for their future. We owe them this information, whether they are sexually active or not.

  • Why you should vote no on 2

    As Election Day nears, there is an issue that I want to make sure people know my position on, and that is Amendment 2 (the supposed medical marijuana amendment).

  • She was smiling, she was lovely and we were happy as larks

    By Fred Brannen

    While rummaging through our travel photo albums a few days ago, I spent a bit of time revisiting Greece. 

    In doing so, on the very first page, I came across a particular picture from September 2006 of Cheryl and me atop the acropolis, with the Parthenon in the background. 

  • Sikorski’s Attic 09/28/14 Chest, clock both built during the late 19th century

    Dear John: I live in Dunnellon and have a few things that may have some value. If I wished to sell them, how would I get an honest selling price on them? 

    One of the things I may want to sell is this chest. I have been told it may be an antique. Do you think it could have any value? — M.A.C., Internet 

    Dear M.A.C.: Your chest of drawers was made in America during the last quarter of the 19th century. The style is Eastlake.

  • Jane's Garden 09/28/14 Local bird watching

    Bird watching is a popular hobby enjoyed by gardeners, seniors, outdoor enthusiasts, young people and children — everyone with a curiosity about nature. Anybody can fill a seed feeder on a pole or an artificial nectar container close to a window and be entertained by garden birds. Even casual observers recognize an eagle, robin, woodpecker, crow, red cardinal or blue jay.

  • Leslie Derrenbacker 9/28/14 Gardener Gal answers your green thumb questions

    Dear Gardener Gal: I’m hoping you can help me in selecting the right tree for my yard. I’ve done my homework and the perfect tree choice for the conditions in my yard would seem to be a Crape Myrtle.

    The problem is that these trees seem to demand a lot of pruning, and I’m simply not able to do this at my age. Can you suggest another flowering tree that doesn’t require so much work? — Flowers Yes, Pruning No

  • Time will tell 09/28/14 Tempus Fugit when you’re having fun

    Gypsy’s Two Cents: Time to eat, time to sleep and time to poo. My internal clock is more accurate than weights and gears. My only trouble is getting Dad to hear my alarm.

    “Tempus Fugit” is Latin for “time flies” and can be found on the face of many clocks. The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day, the lunar month and the year.

  • Lisa Russell, 09/28/14 First, new dogs must learn the house rules

    Editor’s note: Lisa Russell has spent 30 years training dogs. Look for her bi-monthly column in Homefront.