• THE ISSUE: The working poor.

    OUR OPINION: ALICE report puts looking glass on Citrus County problem.

  • Truly outstanding and combined efforts came to a successful conclusion on June 28. That day Rolling Thunder, Florida Chapter 7 held its eighth annual Independence Day Golf Tournament on the beautiful course of Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club.

  • THE ISSUE: Tent sales.

    OUR OPINION: Commission decision makes sense.

    An effort to revise the county’s Land Development Code to loosen the requirements for car tent sales was recently struck down by the county commission.

  • Re: Letter sent by Anna DeRose, published in the June 27 issue.

    I totally agree with everything that Anna DeRose wrote in her letter regarding President Obama.

    The last time we had a real president and leader was Ronald Reagan. Since he left office, the country has steadily gone down hill.

  • Citrus County got a dose of good news this week when good news has been kind of hard to come by.

    Duke Energy announced that it has selected Citrus County as the site for its new gas plant. This project will employ about 800 workers for the three to four years it will take to construct and represents a more than $1 billion investment.

  • Some people claim Citrus County is not an internationally known place.

    Some have gone as far as to claim that Citrus County is off the beaten track — that we are officially what is known as “the sticks.”

    Some complain that tourists and international travelers would not come here because, to steal a line from Tom Waits, “it’s like living in a halfway house on a one-way street.”

    It is not true!

  • THE ISSUE: Another agriculture honor comes to Citrus County.
    OUR OPINION: We’re proud of our industry leaders.

  • THE ISSUE: It's county budget time - everything's on the table.

    OUT OPINION: The Extension Service deserves support.

  • THE ISSUE: Pay levels for county employees.

    OUR OPINION: Pay is average for our area.

    One of the popular pastimes of some people is bashing the county by complaining that county employees are overpaid and underworked. This is usually accompanied by some statement about the top salaries in the county.

    But a recent look at county salaries showed a different picture.

  • I don’t have a high opinion of the work being done by the U.S. Congress. With that said, I really like our own congressman, Rep. Rich Nugent of Brooksville.

    Washington has turned into a cesspool of special interests, where doing the business of the people appears to be the last thing on anyone’s mind. But that Rep. Nugent is friendly, open to your ideas and the father of a bunch of kids who are off fighting for us in the Middle East.

    How could you not like him?

    But Congress as a group is another story.

  • THE ISSUE: Commissioner JJ Kenney fighting mad about anonymous allegations.
    OUR OPINION: Attacks scurrilous, but an unfortunate reality of politics.

    Most people justifiably get mad when someone makes charges that question their integrity or that of their family members. It is particularly galling when allegations come in the form of a publicly posted anonymous letter.

  • THE ISSUE: Phase V water quality program for sewers in Homosassa.

    OUR OPINION: It’s the right thing to do.

    We’ve all experienced it: We know something is the right thing to do, but we’re reluctant to tackle it because of the annoyance factor, the inconvenience and/or the cost. Thomas Huxley expressed it well: “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

  • By Jean H. Lee
    AP Analysis

  • THE ISSUE:Tera’s Legacy Poker Run raising money to benefit Hospice of Citrus County’s pediatric program.

    OUR OPINION:Go if you can; offer support.

  • When I was appointed to the Citrus Memorial Hospital Board by our Florida governor and confirmed by our Florida Senate, I inherited a situation where the bill to the taxpayers had recently quadrupled, from $1.7 million to more than $7 million per year and the millage rate had been increased from 0.265 mil to 1 mil in 2005.

    The citizens of Citrus County were being charged millions of dollars to cover the public hospital’s presumed budget shortfall for charity care.

    The Citrus County Chronicle Editorial Board has endorsed the following candidates in the Aug. 14 primary elections. Early voting ended Saturday; vote Tuesday in your designated precinct.
     County Commission Dist. 1 — Dennis Damato  Schools Superintendent — Sandy Balfour
     County Commission Dist. 3 — Joe Meek  School Board — Susan Hale
     County Commission Dist. 5 — Charles Poliseno  Public Defender — Mike Graves

  • BY Melissa Walker
    Special to the Chronicle

    Solitude, sacrifice and suffering — These are some of the words runners participating in the Run for the Money use to describe the weeklong, 180-mile journey from Tallahassee to Lecanto. Why are these volunteer runners subjecting their bodies to the agony of U.S. 19’s hard, hot, and lonely stretches of roadside miles in 90-plus-degree heat?

  • By the Chronicle Editorial Board

    THE ISSUE: Political claim.
    OUR OPINION: Embellishment comes with critics.

    No doubt, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith is a likeable, accessible lawmaker.

    School officials will affirm that he reaches out to them and is curious about their concerns.

    With that, however, Rep. Smith now touts in campaign literature, “no state legislator today — in either party — is a stronger advocate for public education than Jimmie T. Smith.”

  • By the Chronicle Editorial Board

    THE ISSUE: Appointments to hospital board.

    OUR OPINION: Time to make them.

    We have an unhealthy situation at the county hospital in Inverness.

  • In an effort to correct the factually inaccurate and misleading comments in Sound Off and letters to the editor concerning the county budget, I offer the following budget facts:

    1. Ottawa Avenue was paid for by gas tax, not from property tax and has had no impact on our general fund budget.

    2. Impact fees, which are paid for by new home and business construction, cannot be used to replace declining property tax dollars. Impact fees are used for funding facilities such as roads, parks and libraries.