Today's Opinions

  • Reader says phone call from GCSO was useless

    On the evening of March 6, I received a 911 telephone alert from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, which was to inform the citizenry that a dangerous felon had escaped from custody and was on the loose.

    Good stuff. Except...what good was this message?

    The message was totally inadequate, since it didn't name or adequately describe the escapee. All we were told was that he was black, had tattoos on his arms and that was it. Nada!

    We weren't given weight, height, color of eyes, type of haircut, etc.

  • Reader questions local restaurant policy

    What is it about America? Why do corporations and government at all levels ride the backs of the taxpayer?

    As an example, Gadsden County charges a 1 percent surcharge in addition to the state’s 6 percent sales tax and then, on top of that, charges another half-cent sales tax for a grand total of 7.5 percent. How do local businesses collect a half-cent sales tax?

  • School leader warns: We’re in for some tough times

    As we continue to work to build a brighter future for our students and prepare for upcoming testing, our situation as a district can only be described as bittersweet.

  • Company working to help local jobless

    On Feb. 17, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This act is intended to provide an economic stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic downturn, which began in December 2007.

  • Visitor sings praises of local hotel owner

    I am an engineer from Pflugerville, Texas. I am writing you a note, so you can see the impact of one of your community leaders at one of your hotels out in Quincy.

  • Reader admires new president’s delivery of inauguration speech

    Did you listen to how President Barack Obama said the word "ask" during his inauguration speech? He said "ask" not "ax." (An "ax" is a chopping or cutting tool. "Ask" means "to call on for an answer."

    If a person says "I am going to ax someone," it sounds like they are getting ready to attack somebody.

    Set aside politics for a minute and listen to how Obama speaks correctly.

    On this matter, I think we should emulate him.

    Paul Mazzotta


  • Time to collapse: The Christmas rush is over

    Now that Christmas is finally here, I thought a new twist on an old favorite might be appropriate...enjoy!

    “Twas the Night After Christmas”

    Twas the night after Christmas and all through the place,

    Any creature that stirred fell flat on her face.

    We'd ripped open the treasures and ransacked the stockings,

    The amount of goodies we ate was really quite shocking.

    No one knew how St. Nick got in while we dozed,

    For the doors were all locked and the chimney was closed.

  • Thankful for lessons from Hispanic family

    My job takes me to unexpected places more often than not. Tuesday was one of those times. I was looking for a Christmas feature and decided that an article on the Mexican celebration and how it differs from the American celebration might be interesting.

    I asked a Mexican woman I knew, Priscilla Vidal, if she would help me find a family to interview. I wanted a typical family that would be willing to talk candidly with me.

    Priscilla found a family and accompanied me to the humble little trailer the family shares in Greensboro.