• I want Vanna’s job.

    Everybody knows Vanna White, the perpetually smiling blonde that turns the puzzle letters on “Wheel of Fortune.” Actually, she doesn’t even have to turn them anymore. Thanks to the miracles of technology, all she has to do now is point.

  • October is here. It is supposedly the month of harvest, witches, goblins and other scary things. It is the month when the leaves start to turn color up north and even some here in the south.

    It is the month I remember as dry and crisp and colorful. It is the last hooray of summer before the trees turn to large gray sticks who have given their leaves back to the Earth.


    Stricter limits sought at springs.


    Delay creates additional angst.


    If knowledge is power local tour boat operators must be feeling pretty helpless right about now.

  • Identity is a funny thing. I’m not talking about the kind that can be stolen by computer hackers or the name on your driver’s license. I’m talking about the deepest part of our being; how we distinguish ourselves; the ways in which we come to know who we really are.

    It’s interesting, for all the ways we spurn Karl Marx and his philosophies, more often than not, we identify ourselves just as he predicted we would: economically.

  • This Tuesday, readers will notice a change to the Chronicle — the paper will be pink. Yes, pink. The entire paper will be printed on pink paper.

    Pink Paper Day has been a tradition at the Chronicle since 2010. This will be the sixth year we have devoted the first Tuesday of October edition to raising awareness of breast cancer.

  • It was nearly eight years ago that a young Joe Meek stopped by my office to introduce himself. 

    The 2008 election cycle had just started, and a mutual friend and candidate for the Citrus County Commission — Tom Franklin — had died suddenly from a heart attack.

  • The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.

  • All one needs doing to recognize the Good Ol’ Boy, do-nothing-to-upset-the-apple-cart network, is see who’s trying to dump Donald Trump.
    They say: How can Trump begin to think of being president without any political experience? Heck, he’s not even a lawyer.
    It’s amazing how anyone who speaks their mind and tells the truth gets dumped on, not only by political rivals, but also by the media.

  • Be aware, veterans, for whilst shooting wars are not yet over, you are about to be short-changed.
    In Citrus County, our five Citrus County Republican commissioners — non-veterans all — sit silently while a county veterans affairs secretary is tagged to be laid off. It means our 27,000 veterans will be served by two, rather than three, employees.
    On the national front, Republicans, who are the majority in both the Senate and House, want to cut the VA’s budget request by $1.4 billion. Incredibly, “Some in Washington even question the need for a VA.”

  • The Citrus County Commissioners decided to stop collecting impact fees for a couple of years and maybe start acting like a government should. Now people, the editorial board and a commissioner are saying how much money is being lost and the impact fee should be re-instituted. Well, this fee is just plain wrong. The county doesn’t have the right to collect taxes for something that might possibly be done some time in the next seven years or the right to have savings accounts for possible future projects.

  • This caller stated “the dogs and cats in this county and the rest of this world get better treatment than the vets and the people do...”. The main concern seemed to be the proposed budget cut amounting to about $23,000 (full-time secretary going to a part-time position). As a volunteer at the county animal shelter, I can tell you staffing — in my opinion — is not what it should be. Staff, on a daily basis, deals with cleaning, feeding and medicating the many animals (mostly cats and dogs) in its care.

  • The lack of insight into the life situations of the majority of his fellow citizens as evidenced in Ralph Masullo’s column on July 5, is astounding. For someone who wishes to be a representative in the Florida Legislature, his lack of self-awareness is breathtaking.

  • THE ISSUE: Seven Rivers CEO Joyce Brancato retires.

    OUR OPINION: Her leadership will be missed in the health care community.


  • How ironic that Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist who murdered nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina, trying to ignite a race war, might end up being remembered as the man who finally folded up the Confederate battle flag across Dixie.

    The battle flag has a long, complicated history in the South. And I suppose as a dyed-in-the-wool Southerner, I should offer some comment.

  • This week, today through May 12, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) honors the dedicated men and women we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the veterans’ health care system — nurses.

  • We all look forward to this Sunday, May 10, when we celebrate Mother’s Day and the cherished bond between mother and child. Ironically, dairy cows — worldwide symbols of motherhood — never get to see their babies.

    The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that nature designed for them. The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping for their return.

  • 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.