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Columns

  • Given opportunity, these 3 succeeded in GED program

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-column series highlighting personal stories of GED graduates.

    Accountability is a word that gets thrown around a lot. We want accountability in government, in students, in employees. But accountability is a lot more than just a catch phrase. When our GED students understand they are being held accountable, they perform at a higher level. These students are supported through our United Way Prosperity Center. We are so proud of their outstanding success.

  • Volunteers sow seeds of affirmation, love

    Norman Vincent Peale, the author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and my lifelong mentor, said: “People really become quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success.”

  • Guest Column 3/20/17: Public has a right to know

    The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect the taxpayer’s daily lives. As a non-partisan government watchdog and taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of its citizens of meetings and votes.

  • Seniors vs. Crime 3/19/17: Use caution to defend against scams

    Ihope everyone is enjoying the wonderfully crisp, cool weather. I know I am probably getting the “has he lost his mind” look from many readers. I am a native Floridian who longs to live in the great white north again. I have lived there before and plan to, at some point when I stay retired, move to Maine.

  • Sikorski's Attic 3/19/17: Interesting piece from Portugal is a finger vase

    Dear John: My son bought this lovely vase at a yard sale some time ago. He paid $5 for it, but to look at it, it seems worth more than that. It can hold a few flowers in each of its fingers. On the bottom it is hard to read, but I can make out a little. It says R.C.; under that Porto De, Hand Painted, Made in Portugal, and a number 411 or 911.

  • Five years in, tax collector flying high at Meadowcrest

    The Citrus County Tax Collector’s Office has now concluded its fifth year in the West Citrus Government Center (Meadowcrest) location. For those of you who have visited our Meadowcrest office, you know how busy it is. I would like to share some information and statistics with our citizens.

  • Citrus isn’t Mayberry, but it’s not far off

    Our new sheriff is getting an introduction to what it’s like to be a top law enforcement official in rural Florida.

    As recently retired sheriff Jeff Dawsy learned after 20 years on the job, being the top dog in Citrus County is pretty much about fighting the drug problem and then dealing with really dumb things. 

    Really dumb things.

  • Art Jones: A true hero

    When they write the history book about Citrus County, Art Jones better have a page in it. Better yet, let’s just give him a medal.

    Medals belong to the people who care about their communities enough to sacrifice for them. They belong to people who have vision; who don’t give up on good ideas that need tweaking; who can see the forest for the trees and yet somehow manage to see all the details in the trees, too.

  • Two lives changed by education

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-column series highlighting personal stories of GED graduates.

  • Guardians vital voices for kids

    Children whose lives are impacted by abuse, neglect or abandonment need help to survive and succeed. What we do for our children today is a valuable investment for generations to come.