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Columns

  • Higher manatee count doesn’t mean species is safe

    By Katie Tripp

    Florida’s manatees are at a crossroads. Well, actually, the agencies protecting manatees are at a crossroads, and manatees themselves are in the crosshairs.

  • Caution: Reading this column may cause chuckles

    By Neil Friesner

  • In 'Bitter Pill,' a satisfying look at recent history of health care

    By Michael Francis

    This is an examination of how the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) came to be and how it was implemented. The subtitle is “Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.” Author Steven Brill is a widely respected journalist with two other books to his credit. This volume is not a partisan tirade — he’s a “just the facts” kind of reporter.

  • Of grass seed, money and boas

    I guess you could call it “just one of those days” — or weeks. I awoke around 5:30 a.m. as usual, poured my coffee, did my puzzles from the paper, took my shower and then ate breakfast. I had a whole list of things to do, but started by going outside and throwing grass seed on the many bare spots in the yard. The very cold winter left my lawn more brown than green. I watered the seeds and then went back into the house to chip away at the list I had written.

  • Community matters at CF

    By Vernon Lawter

  • Fix the MSBU, but leave fire services alone

    There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    Most of the time.

    When you do get a free lunch, it really just means that someone else is paying for it.

    Our county government is preparing to disassemble another legacy of the last administration next week when it considers the future of fire services in the county. 

    Currently, Sheriff Jeff Dawsy is in charge of providing fire services.

  • What lessons we can learn from a 3-year-old

    I wouldn’t describe myself as a “kid person.” There are some people who just see a kid and are automatically drawn to him or her. I’m not that person.

    That makes the subbing I do for a preschool really entertaining. 

  • On 491, real partnerships will lead to success

    By Dennis Damato

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) notified Citrus County it must begin construction on the upgrading of County Road 491 from State Road 44 to West Horace Allen Street by the end of this year to retain the funding that has been allocated.

    Because of the important long-term consequences of this project to our county, I would like to share information with the community and state that I support FDOT’s option of original configuration with regional drainage.

  • With new report comes deeper look at Citrus

    By Laura Byrnes

    I don’t know if you noticed or not, but tucked into the employment summary for January, almost as an afterthought, was something we’ve never seen before: nonfarm employment data for the Homosassa Springs metropolitan area (Citrus County).

  • Sikorski's Attic 3/22/2015: Provenance of Salvador Dali print could be problematic

    Dear John: I purchased this print that is numbered 12/300 with what appears to be a signature of Salvador Dali. There was no one at the Dali museum to authenticate this. Can you help with this or do you have knowledge of someone locally who can? — E.W., Internet

    Dear E.W.: Salvador Dali, 1904-1989, was a prolific artist whose specialty was Surrealism. The title of your print is “El Cid.”