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Daily Editorials

  • Don't make intersection test case for roubdabout

    THE ISSUE: FDOT proposes roundabout instead of traffic light at dangerous intersection.

    OUR OPINION: While a roundabout may be the favored engineering/safety choice, users prefer a traffic light.

    One of the most dangerous intersections in Citrus County isn’t even in Citrus County. But we use it, and we care enough about it that we attend FDOT meetings to express our opinions about it.

  • Tourism business continues strong growth

    THE ISSUE: Expanding tourism opportunities.

    OUR OPINION: Leadership will keep the future bright.

    The weather may be warmer than normal, but that hasn’t cooled off the busy manatee tourism season that will end this week.

  • They gave all; can we give some?

    THE ISSUE: Fallen Heroes Monument.

    OUR OPINION: They died for each of us.

    Near the entrance of Citrus County’s Bicentennial Park in Crystal River, the flags and black granite tiled obelisk of the Fallen Heroes Monument pay tribute to the legacy of sacrifice by our county’s heroes who fell in battle.

  • Facts show Meadowcrest investment prudent move

    THE ISSUE:

    Tax collector’s office flying high in Inverness.

    OUR OPINION:

    County’s Meadowcrest office proves successful move.

    Hopefully the recent revelation of data put forth by county tax collector, Janice Warren, will put to rest any more attempts to shut down or sell the west-side government complex.

  • Time for action on economic evolution

    THE ISSUE: County plans economic development meeting March 28.

    OUR OPINION: Time to stop talking and start acting.

    Economic development has been an on-again, off-again issue of discussion in our county commission for years. 

  • Snippet Citrus best option for curbing unwanted pet population

    THE ISSUE:

    Group seeks to halt spread of unwanted pets.

    OUR OPINION:

    Big picture approach makes most sense.

    Roughly the county has about 12,000 unwanted pets in Citrus County. 

    About 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized annually in the United States.

  • Collect fees today, worry less tomorrow

    THE ISSUE: Impact fees.

    OUR OPINION: Don’t be pound foolish.

    There’s always uncertainty when it comes to the future. That’s why those who plan stand a far better chance of rising to the challenges of tomorrow.

    When it comes to local government, impact fees are a tried-and-true mechanism for funding looming infrastructure needs, whether they’re known at present or an unknown.

  • Littering at recycle sites has larger impact

    THE ISSUE: Three county recycling centers closed.

    OUR OPINION: Illegal dumping at the centers ruined it for everyone.

    “Reduce, reuse, recycle.”

    We’ve all heard it. No argument, recycling is the right thing to do environmentally — it keeps material out of landfills and eases the demands on natural resources, among other societal benefits.

  • Reshaping of road finally shaping up

    THE ISSUE:

    County Road 491 widening plans.

    OUR OPINION:

    Progress, low bid all good news, but execution will matter.

    It’s taken decades’ worth of county commissions and administrators, but traffic on one of Citrus’ most congested roadways should soon flow a little easier.

  • Smith’s logic in arguing against impact fees misses its mark

    THE ISSUE:

    Smith — Policy flawed on impact fees.

    OUR OPINION:

    We aren’t buying Smith’s examples.

    County Commissioners last week voted to reinstate impact fees for schools, libraries and fire services three of the eight impact fees suspended by the board two years ago.

    Earlier this year they reinstated transportation fees .