http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Manager moves swiftly to deal with problem http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/manager-moves-swiftly-deal-problem <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>THE ISSUE:</strong> The appearance of favoritism.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>OUR OPINION: </strong>Quick action resolves potential problems.</div> <div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Crystal River City Manager Dave Burnell had a good reaction when it was pointed out city employees did some inappropriate things while trying to recover from last year&rsquo;s hurricane.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> He investigated the problem, identified the issue and warned his employees not to repeat the mistake.</div> Good process for fire truck purchase http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/good-process-fire-truck-purchase <div id="cke_pastebin"> The picture on the front page of the July 12 Chronicle sparked my interest on how funds are being spent on our fire trucks.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> I am a retired fire lieutenant from one of the larger cities in Florida. One of my responsibilities was preparing specifications for new apparatus. I put together a spec committee consisting of a driver/engineer, company officer, a station captain, reps from fleet service and a rep from purchasing department.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Reader requests accuracy of rep http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/reader-requests-accuracy-rep <div id="cke_pastebin"> Editor&rsquo;s note: The following letter was sent to Rep. Daniel Webster in reply to his latest newsletter.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thank you for your newsletter about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. I agree that an increase in funds for pay raises and legitimate defense needs is warranted based on the Obama sequestration fiasco.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> More should be done for missing children http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/more-should-be-done-missing-children <div id="cke_pastebin"> Just weeks ago, a 13-year-old child went missing. There were no official public notifications; &ldquo;the girl did not fit the criteria for an Amber Alert because there was no indication of an abduction.&rdquo; Nor did she &ldquo;meet the criteria for an endangered child because she did not have a history of mental health issues, had not made suicidal threats and was not on medication.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Isn&rsquo;t a missing 13-year-old girl the very definition of endangered?</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> She was just found murdered.</div> Public education: building futures http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/public-education-building-futures <div id="cke_pastebin"> Teachers are a special group of people who act as parent and elder. I am proud to say I become a teacher five years ago due in large part to the great teachers and coaches I had while attending Citrus Springs Middle and Lecanto High School in the late 90s through the middle 2000s. When I talk to my colleagues about teaching, the consensus is students inspire and challenge us, and we thrive shining a positive light for them in their darkest times.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> An open letter to the Senate http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/open-letter-senate <div id="cke_pastebin"> A conversation about ‘the wall’ http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/conversation-about-%E2%80%98-wall%E2%80%99 <div id="cke_pastebin"> On a recent flight back from Europe on Air Force One, President Trump was asked about &ldquo;the wall.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thank you from science station http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/thank-you-science-station <div id="cke_pastebin"> Due to the generous support of our local community and the Southwest Florida &nbsp;Water Management District, the Citrus County School District&rsquo;s Marine Science Station successfully provided 90 middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in Coastal Camp Citrus 2017 this summer.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">