• Donate in name of a loved one

    A very good friend’s daughter just passed away. She was a beautiful and talented woman, who was known for her kindness and love of animals. She frequently took in stray cats, paid for having them vetted and gave them a loving home or found homes for them. It was not unusual for her to have 12 cats.

    We felt it appropriate to send a donation in her memory to a humane type of organization.

  • Strongly disagree with editorial
  • Give shelter cats time to adjust
  • A new shelter is necessary

    Rubie was only a year old, but already suffered horror and neglect at the puppy mill she and her sister were born into. She was meant to live in a tiny metal cage and reproduce, but authorities stepped in with closure orders. Now, 5 years old, Rubie is a special-needs Pomeranian who suffers with seizures, controlled with daily meds.

  • Vote ‘Bo’ Bavota — vote for Citrus County


    “Bo” Bavota is a problem solver. He knows that rudeness and insults do nothing to solve problems. They only make them worse.

    He understands the problems Citrus County faces and has a plan. 

    The county’s survival is dependent on water, yet our local and state governments have done little to preserve this vital resource.

  • I support Chuck Kanehl for sheriff


    If there is anything I have learned from my public education it is that generalizations are created by ignorant people who want to see the downfall of our society. 

    This holds true to the generalization that all Phil Royal campaign volunteers are in favor of Mr. Mike Prendergast being our next sheriff. In the past, I mentioned that all supporters of Phil held a special part in the campaign. 

  • Qualifications matter in sheriff’s race


    I am having a difficult time getting my head wrapped around the prospect of  some of the distinguished citizens of Citrus County who are approaching this sheriff’s race without weighing the necessary and vital experience and qualifications needed to manage a 400-plus employee public safety agency. This is about all our safety folks.

    It’s critical our next sheriff is capable and has the experience and qualifications to do the following:

  • Help me move our county in the right direction


    The Chronicle says that while it agrees more with me on the issues, it prefers my opponent. Does that mean that what people say in a campaign really isn’t important? 

  • Builders are in a time crunch

    No thinking person lends credence to anonymous Sound Off callers, but their musings are fun to read. I would like to respond to the caller claiming that if they were a builder they would build air conditioned shelters for all the orphaned Citrus County pets in their spare time for free. 

  • Florida soon to become 'Slime State'

    In case you haven’t read any newspapers or watched television news programs lately, be advised that many of Florida’s waters are polluted. Our rivers, the Withlacoochee and Crystal, contain contaminants. 

    When we receive large amounts of rainfall, runoff into the gulf requires officials to close swimming areas — for example Fort Island Trail Beach — due to hazardous bacteria counts.