Today's Opinions

  • Citrus County has a fire problem

    Fire Chief Jim Goodworth held a Citizens’ Awareness Meeting recently, and there were about 28 concerned citizens in attendance. You will notice that not one county commissioner showed up to explain why they told Chief Goodworth, “Don’t even think of asking for any more money for the Fire Department.”

    Here are some interesting facts we learned at the meeting.

    1. Since the sheriff took over the fire department, it has gone from five staffed stations to nine.

  • ‘Nuclear option’ first used by Democrats

    How short is the memory of a Democrat or a liberal talking head from the mainstream media (MSM)? Let me count the ways.

    The hypocrisy of the Democrats and liberal MSM who are decrying the Republicans’ decision to employ the “nuclear option” to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is revealing. The “nuclear option” means that it takes only a simple majority, rather than a 60-vote supermajority, to end debate and move to an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominees.

  • Inflation takes its toll

    In 2003, I renewed my Florida driver’s license through the Florida DMV and paid $15.

    In 2005, my wife renewed her Florida driver’s license through the Florida DMV and paid $15.

    In 2009, I renewed my driver’s license through the Florida DMV and paid $20.

    Then the state turned over issuance of driver’s licenses to the counties.

  • City to consider final US 19 improvements

    THE ISSUE: Recommended U.S. 19 improvements in Crystal River.

    OUR OPINION: Move ahead with safety efforts.

    Traffic problems in downtown Crystal River have been discussed for more than a decade, yet little action has been taken.

    It now seems that is going to change.

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  • All for one and none for all?

    Jimmie T. Smith, in his most recent column, talks about the functions of the Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO). He concentrated his narrative to building up this important function and why it should be better compensated. However, what seems to be missing in Jimmie’s editorial opinion is that the needs of other important departments, those that are also providing important community services for the vast majority of our citizens, and also need to be factored in and considered in this discussion.

  • Thank you, and come back in September

    The Citrus County Veterans Coalition has closed out another successful year of the Veterans Yard Sale at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. From September through this April, the Coalition Yard Sale has been held on the second Saturday of every month. The fees charged and the donations made to the coalition are used for our scholarship fund and our food pantry, which is exclusively for veterans and the families and widows/widowers of local veterans. 

  • Citrus County veterans unite

    Veteran Service Officer Kimberly Menster needs to be recognized for all she has done for our veterans — myself included. For the work she does, she is in no way fairly compensated. It would be a shame to lose her, like we lost her super-competent secretary, over budget excuses.

    Jimmie T. Smith summed it all up very eloquently, but I think every veteran needs to come forward and voice our concerns. It’s not just a question of if you might need Kimberly, but when!