• Good process for fire truck purchase

    The picture on the front page of the July 12 Chronicle sparked my interest on how funds are being spent on our fire trucks.

    I am a retired fire lieutenant from one of the larger cities in Florida. One of my responsibilities was preparing specifications for new apparatus. I put together a spec committee consisting of a driver/engineer, company officer, a station captain, reps from fleet service and a rep from purchasing department.

  • Reader requests accuracy of rep

    Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Rep. Daniel Webster in reply to his latest newsletter.

    Thank you for your newsletter about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. I agree that an increase in funds for pay raises and legitimate defense needs is warranted based on the Obama sequestration fiasco.

  • More should be done for missing children

    Just weeks ago, a 13-year-old child went missing. There were no official public notifications; “the girl did not fit the criteria for an Amber Alert because there was no indication of an abduction.” Nor did she “meet the criteria for an endangered child because she did not have a history of mental health issues, had not made suicidal threats and was not on medication.”

    Isn’t a missing 13-year-old girl the very definition of endangered?

    She was just found murdered.

  • Public education: building futures

    Teachers are a special group of people who act as parent and elder. I am proud to say I become a teacher five years ago due in large part to the great teachers and coaches I had while attending Citrus Springs Middle and Lecanto High School in the late 90s through the middle 2000s. When I talk to my colleagues about teaching, the consensus is students inspire and challenge us, and we thrive shining a positive light for them in their darkest times.

  • An open letter to the Senate
  • A conversation about ‘the wall’

    On a recent flight back from Europe on Air Force One, President Trump was asked about “the wall.”

    “And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.

  • Thank you from science station

    Due to the generous support of our local community and the Southwest Florida  Water Management District, the Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station successfully provided 90 middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in Coastal Camp Citrus 2017 this summer. 

  • Raise MSBU to fund fire needs

    Recently, Commissioner (Scott) Carnahan ask the public what they expected from their fire service and what they are willing to pay for it. Let’s start with the money and then we will discuss the command structure.

  • Recycle for the planet

    Thank you Mike Rubin for your well thought out and clearly articulated essay on the money side of recycling. Unfortunately, you missed the whole point of recycling. You see, recycling has nothing to do with money in the short term. 

  • Suggestions for best in budgets

    Commissioner Smith is again pontificating in a Chronicle editorial about his anti-tax and spending fantasies. He goes to great lengths regarding the need for financial controls in the county budget and more dollars for road paving.