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Opinion

  • The parents of the 2008-9 Metropolitan Christian Academy kindergarteners would like to recognize Mrs. Brent and Mrs. Wilson for their outstanding work in opening our children’s minds to new ideas, serving as excellent mentors, and helping to create exemplary citizens.  Their compassion and devotion to our children is priceless.  They have proven to be vital in helping our little ones to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves.  

  • This is an open invitation to join in a class action lawsuit against the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners and Gadsden County Hospital Inc. On Aug. 26, 2008, you voted for and passed the half-cent sales tax to reopen Gadsden Community Hospital with 25 beds.

    If you feel you would like to join in this lawsuit, please contact Join In, P.O. Box 1144, Quincy, FL 32353.

    Sam Hawkins

    Quincy

     

  • Ramsey Summerford was one of over 5,000 child laborers that were photographed by social activist Lewis Hine from 1908 to 1917. Nearly all of the photos are posted on the Library of Congress Web site. Hine’s pioneering work in photojournalism was instrumental in helping to get state and federal child labor laws passed.

  • I think they should look for another source like GA Supply. Even if there is a larger up front cost, in the long run it would be better. Maybe they could look at Tallahassee and see where they're getting their energy from and see if we can use it. I don't think raising the rate for the citizens is fair.

    Sam Palmer

    Quincy

    As a resident of the city of Quincy and county of Gadsden, I oppose any form of increase in the city utilities usage. Many residents including myself are experiencing a dramatic increase in my public utility bill without an rate increase.  

  • The Gadsden County Humane Society would like to thank everyone who made our recent garage sale a huge success. Thanks to everyone who donated, hauled, sorted and priced garage sale items in advance, and to everyone who organized, sold and bought items last weekend. Thanks for loaning us tables, trailers and even an RV.  And thanks for getting the word out to your friends and neighbors! 

  • The key to the American Cancer Society/Havana Relay For Life/Salem Believers success rests in people, friends and family like you, who embody the spirit of greatness by saying, "Yes I can, and so can you!”

    Thanks for your inspiring dedication and tremendous example to the American Cancer Society/Havana Relay for Life and the Gadsden County community.

  • Come on, Gadsden County commissioners. Really now, you could not find someone that was born and raised or moved here years ago and has made Gadsden County his or her permanent home worthy of being considered for the county manager's position?

    I am so sick of you all reaching beyond Gadsden County to seek talent instead of utilizing what we already have here in this county. A person who truly cares about the county and will be here until he or she dies.

  • Waiting out the storms this weekend, I decided to start a planter of flowers for my office window.

    One thing about seeing something grow is you'll have to work all the aspects together to produce the blooms. The soil requires preparation and handling, and the plants need tending.

    How similar these basics are to the organizations that tend to growth in Gadsden County.

    Our chamber and its members tirelessly work the soil of Gadsden County and tends to all aspects of growth, in order to see us bloom.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The new year invariably makes me think of the year that is going out. I'm reminded of things, personally and professionally, that I wish I had done differently or I wish I had not done at all. I can't dwell on those things because I can't bring those events back.

  • Another new year is upon us, and I can’t believe that 2008 is already done. It was a year of change for me, since I changed jobs and moved to Gadsden County. But I’m glad I made the move. I’m beginning to feel like it’s home.

  • It’s a new year. My first wife still likes me. We’ve got a brand-new president. Gas prices are down. I’ve got new running shoes. My boys are healthy. The economy is so bad that it can only go up from here...

    I don’t believe I have been this excited about a new year since 1963.

  • There are people who just won't pay attention. For whatever reason, things that affect their lives are ignored until it's too late.

    I can't count the number of times citizens have shown up at county commission meetings wanting to subdivide property, change zoning or change the face of their property, whether it's a half acre or 3,000 acres.

  • Once again, local education leaders are sitting on pins and needles, awaiting word from higher up as to whether school districts will have to endure yet another painful budgetary amputation. Legislators are meeting in emergency session this week, trying to figure out what to do – or hoping someone else has some recommendations.