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Daily Editorials

  • BOCC split on latest budget

    THE ISSUE: Divided commission approves small cut in tax rate. 

    OUR OPINION: Build county infrastructure instead of saving pennies.

    A divided county commission has approved a tentative budget that will slightly cut the tax rate, save the average taxpayer in the county about $13 a year in taxes and raise a little more money due to growth in the tax base.

  • Planners smartly dive into traffic woes

    THE ISSUE:

    MPO targets Crystal River traffic congestion.

    OUR OPINION:

    Citrus County reaping benefits of regional transportation partnership.

     

    One of the busiest stretches of highway in Citrus County will soon receive some much-needed attention.

  • Facebook mob behaved worse than alleged abuser

    THE ISSUE: Viral video forces man from home.

    OUR OPINION:Critics should be ashamed of persecuting man based on speculation and assumption.Congratulations, internet crusaders: You’ve run an innocent man and his family out of town.

    Congratulations, internet crusaders: You’ve run an innocent man and his family out of town.

  • Volunteers pick up where flood left off

    THE ISSUE: Florida Baptist Disaster Relief.

    OUR OPINION: Shining example of people helping others in time of need.

    Right after Hurricane Hermine sent floodwaters into Citrus County homes earlier this month, one organized team of volunteers was on the spot to help victims with steps necessary to reclaim their property.

  • Congress: The general welfare be damned

    THE ISSUE:

    Zika funding impasse.

    OUR OPINION:

    Shameless inaction.

    One of the six reasons cited in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution for ordaining and establishing our constitutional Republic was to “promote the general welfare.”  

  • County close to taking big step on water protection

    THE ISSUE: Fertilizer ordinance moves forward.

    OUR OPINION: Progress encouraging.

    Just in time for Save Our Waters Week, the county commission took another step toward implementing one of the most significant local environmental protections within its powers.

  • Rule delay gives community a chance

    THE ISSUE:

    Three Sisters Springs.

    OUR OPINION:

    Good move to delay restrictive measures.

    Three Sisters Springs will remain open during the upcoming manatee season.

  • Renovated maternity center earns high marks

    THE ISSUE: More upgrades at CMH.

    OUR OPINION: Maternity services important to our community.

    A couple of years ago when HCA was in the process of assuming the long-term lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital, there was concern it would close the maternity department. Labor and delivery units are notoriously expensive to operate, and hospitals all over the country, especially in more rural areas, have been closing them. 

  • Swifter storm response needed

    THE ISSUE: Crystal River and Citrus County post-hurricane waste removal. 

    OUR OPINION: Action vs. discussion.

    It somehow seems symbolic that Crystal River began picking up hurricane waste the same day county government debated whether to pick it up now or wait for word on federal reimbursement for the effort.

  • Citizens get glimpse of new phase of road resurfacing

    THE ISSUE:

    Phase 2 of road resurfacing.

    OUR OPINION:

    Some good and bad with the new priorities.

    County commissioners will continue to resurface roads in the coming year, a decision that was not hard to make.