http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Outsourcing IRS debt collection a terrible idea http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/outsourcing-irs-debt-collection-terrible-idea <div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>THE ISSUE:</strong> Internal Revenue Service using private debt collectors.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>OUR OPINION:</strong> A bad idea.</div> </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Internal Revenue Service has recently announced it will use private debt collection agencies to collect some overdue taxes.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> According to the agency, the private debt collectors will work on accounts where taxpayers owe money, but the IRS is no longer actively working on the account.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thank you to all who helped, participated http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/thank-you-all-who-helped-participated <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Citrus County Education Foundation would like to thank our incredible school staff and community members for helping us promote public education, fitness, health and family fun on Saturday, April 1, at the fourth annual Suncoast Credit Union Schoolhouse Hustle 5K/10K/1M Walk. Thank you all for helping us raise funds in support of our mission of &ldquo;Funding Success in the Classroom.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Writer's take was heavily slanted http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/writers-take-was-heavily-slanted <div id="cke_pastebin"> It is revealing of Mr. Messersmith&rsquo;s partisan worldview that he selects as Florida&rsquo;s 11th Congressional District&rsquo;s political doppelg&auml;nger Minnesota&rsquo;s 5th District, whose representative is Democrat Keith Ellison.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Elks Ladies thank the community http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/elks-ladies-thank-community <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Ladies of the Elks, West Citrus Elks Lodge in Homosassa, thanks the community of Citrus County for participating and contributing to our fundraising events this past year. Proceeds from these events go to both local and Elks&rsquo; charities supported by the Ladies. Your continuing support of our events is greatly appreciated.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>West Citrus Ladies of the Elks, Homosassa</strong></div> <div> <strong><br /> </strong></div> City to consider final US 19 improvements http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/city-consider-final-us-19-improvements <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>THE ISSUE: </strong>Recommended U.S. 19 improvements in Crystal River.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>OUR OPINION: </strong>Move ahead with safety efforts.</div> <div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Traffic problems in downtown Crystal River have been discussed for more than a decade, yet little action has been taken.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> It now seems that is going to change.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Inflation takes its toll http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/inflation-takes-its-toll <div id="cke_pastebin"> In 2003, I renewed my Florida driver&rsquo;s license through the Florida DMV and paid $15.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In 2005, my wife renewed her Florida driver&rsquo;s license through the Florida DMV and paid $15.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In 2009, I renewed my driver&rsquo;s license through the Florida DMV and paid $20.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Then the state turned over issuance of driver&rsquo;s licenses to the counties.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ‘Nuclear option’ first used by Democrats http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/%E2%80%98nuclear-option%E2%80%99-first-used-democrats <div id="cke_pastebin"> How short is the memory of a Democrat or a liberal talking head from the mainstream media (MSM)? Let me count the ways.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The hypocrisy of the Democrats and liberal MSM who are decrying the Republicans&rsquo; decision to employ the &ldquo;nuclear option&rdquo; to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is revealing. The &ldquo;nuclear option&rdquo; 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.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus County has a fire problem http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/citrus-county-has-fire-problem <div id="cke_pastebin"> Fire Chief Jim Goodworth held a Citizens&rsquo; 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, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t even think of asking for any more money for the Fire Department.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Here are some interesting facts we learned at the meeting.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> 1. Since the sheriff took over the fire department, it has gone from five staffed stations to nine.</div>