• Smoking — it's time to quit

    Cigarettes are priced anywhere from $5 to $7 a pack. The majority of people smoke more than one pack a day. Even buying them by the carton is a sizable expense. If a carton is on hand, very few resist the temptation to smoke more than one pack a day.

    For individuals who are single, unless they have a very good-paying job, the cost of a pack a day cuts deeply into the budget — $35 a week times four weeks equals $140 a month.

  • There must be a standard of judgement

    In her March 22 letter to the editor, Sheila Jacobs asserts that we humans “come complete — know right from wrong, are innately good, fully able to judge ourselves from within and that we will each decide what we will be judged for.” If you believe that, I have a large plot of land in the Everglades I would like to sell you.

  • Probably another waste of money

    Fellow taxpayers, there is a notice that the county is going to throw away another $3 million on so-called patchwork on our streets. After being a road driver, and being in 42 states in my 50-year career, I feel that you will see, and most likely have seen, many, many times, it will be the usual — notice, usual:

    1. 1-inch patch where 4 inches are needed.

    2. If had been maintained correctly, would only cost $1 million.

  • Republicans aren't bad, just wrong

    There is certainly a whole lot of turmoil in the country at this time. I want to talk about some things I think we can all agree on.

    Self-respect is important to all of us. It is very stressing for a man to lose his job and not be able to support himself and his family. It makes him feel like a hound dog, hungry, wet, cold and lonely in a sea of uncaring humanity.

  • Thank you for supporting our event

    The American Irish Club of West Citrus County wishes to thank the Citrus County Chronicle for the very generous sponsorship to our recent Irish Show. The Tony Kenney Irish Celebration, direct from Dublin, was performed at the Curtis Peterson Auditorium on March 12. Performing along with Tony was his daughter Victoria, who just recently contracted to have her own TV show in Ireland; Seamus Kennedy, comedian and songwriter; The Trinity Dublin Band; and the Dublin City Dancers.

  • Budget decisions are short-sighted

    Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

    Director Mick Mulvaney,

  • There has to be a better way
  • Reasons for a roundabout

    I attended the March 21 workshop and leaned why the roundabout is, by far, the preferred intersection upgrade solution for the U.S. 98 and County Road 491 site.

    I was skeptical of that solution until I visited the workshop, talked with the engineering staff, read the material and viewed the animated video display. This is what I learned.

  • There truly are angels among us

    On March 22, as we pulled into Publix parking lot, I had just pulled into a space when it looked as though my car was about to explode. I was afraid it was on fire. The amount of smoke was terrible and there was a huge flood of antifreeze pouring out all over.

  • Listen to shelter volunteers

    Editor’s note: This is an open letter to the Board of Citrus County Commissioners and the county administrator.