Daily Editorials

  • County/EDC should take lead role in vets facility

    THE ISSUE: A Veterans’ Village assisted living facility.
    OUR OPINION: An idea whose time has come.

    Citrus County would be the perfect place for an assisted living facility designed specifically for veterans.

    The 5th Congressional District, of which Citrus is a part, is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the entire United States. 

  • Keep your pets out of hot cars

    THE ISSUE: Leaving pets in vehicles.

    OUR OPINION: Don’t take the chance.

    Leaving your pet in your car while you run errands may be convenient, but as two local people found out recently, it is also illegal.

    Charges of animal cruelty aside, leaving a pet in a vehicle can kill it.

  • Fight against fertilizers gets a light watering

    THE ISSUE: Model fertilizer ordinance shows some teeth.

    OUR OPINION: Progress is promising, but the county’s still teething.

    In most parts of Florida, fertilizer is fertile ground.

  • Patient can be more active in care through online portals

    THE ISSUE: New way for patients to access their health information. 

    OUR OPINION: A good use of technology, with the proper safeguards.

    The Chronicle carried a recent front-page story headlined “Hospitals create patient portals.” Although you may not have heard the term before, we guarantee you’ll be hearing it more in the future.

  • Peroxide experiment a washout

    THE ISSUE: Peroxide experiment in King’s Bay.

    OUR OPINION: Back to the drawing board.

    The most recent experiment in the battle against Lyngbya algae in King’s Bay was a dud.

    However, as scientists can attest, the process of elimination has merit.

  • Government partnership saves tax dollars

    THE ISSUE: School board to share health care facilities with sheriff’s office.
    OUR OPINION: Partnership benefits everyone.

    A new partnership between the school board and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office will save taxpayer dollars while providing a model for other local governmental agencies to save more money in the future.

  • Everyone a stakeholder in recycling

    THE ISSUE: County recycling.

    OUR OPINION: Recycling requires commitment from all levels.

    Recycling as a noun sounds great. It’s when it’s used as a verb we realize our success and failures.

  • Move quickly on CMH attorney general opinion

    THE ISSUE: Attorney general opinion on CMH lease agreement.
    OUR OPINION: A sense of urgency is needed.

    Florida’s attorney general has been asked to offer an opinion about the lease of Citrus Memorial hospital in Inverness.

    We have an opinion for the attorney general: Please move quickly and issue that opinion.

  • Take personal responsibility for littering

    THE ISSUE: Roadside litter.
    OUR OPINION: Be part of the solution.

    A recent Sound Off caller complained, “I have never seen so much trash on the side of the road in a county in my life. … The sheriff’s (office) needs to do something. Someone needs to do something, public works. My neighborhood is like a giant Dumpster.”

  • Decline in population mirrors local economic slide

    THE ISSUE: Citrus County population has declined.

    OUR OPINION: Decline is a challenge to our business development efforts.

    The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that Citrus County’s total population has declined since 2010, and the average age has gone up.