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Opinion

  • Editor, The News:

    I was cleared of federal charges of exceeding camping limits in Apalachicola State Forest.
    I am a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who lives in my RV and move my camper around to different locations.
    I believe the charges were retaliation for complaints I made about garbage in the forest.

    Stephen Williams
    Crawfordville
     

  • Editor, The News:

    Out of the blue, I got a phone call at 9:55 this morning, Nov. 13, as I was walking in the back door. It was another scam call going around that’s worth reporting.
    The voice with a Spanish accent asked, “Are you Susan?”
    I said yes.
    “Mr. Roberts has been in an accident. He’s OK. He’s not hurt. He ran over my little nephew pulling out of the gas station.”

  • Editor, The News:

    For nearly two weeks President Trump was straddling a delicate and important trip through Asia – a trip that required stamina, diplomacy, awareness of the cultures of five very different Asian countries, and a steadfastness to American values. The President had to promote his “America First” trade concerns while leveraging support from Asian leaders to rein in North Korea.

  • We were not quite newcomers to Ochlockonee Bay. When you realize you have come full circle in your life, you notice. My husband and I were newlyweds. We were traveling down the coastal highway toward the gulf towns in Mississippi. We stayed overnight at the Holiday Campground and saw the bay flow into the Gulf. We viewed a fin out in the water and debated whether it was a shark or a dolphin. The water shimmered like diamonds. The soft sunset fell into the bay. It was gorgeous.

  • Editor, The News:

    The road sides of Hwy. 98 are now mowed. Thanks to Commissioner Mike Stewart for putting out lives and the lives of wildlife before the wild flowers.

    Ann Mock

  • Editor, The News:

    “Southern Pride” is a newly formed group of men and women who are descendants of Confederate soldiers and officers. We are not ashamed of our heritage and culture and wish to preserve it by adopting the statues of our heroes that are being removed from parks and other places.
    We would like to relocate them to our new Confederate Memorial Garden, which is on a 5-acre tract of land on a bluff overlooking the Wakulla River. This is on private property.

  • Editor, The News:

    Seeing, and hearing about, all the new construction taking place in Wakulla County makes me wonder how all this new growth will be paid for. The only answer I come up with is that current Wakulla County taxpayers will see their taxes increase. Is this the case? I ask for help in understanding this timely and complex issue.

  • By CYNTHIA WEBSTER

    Recently, the Wakulla News printed a letter I wrote.

  • By William Snowden
    editor@thewakullanews.net

  • Wakulla Springs is in a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) and is on the path to restoration, nitrate pollution has been reduced by over 40 percent in the past decade.
    This has cost an estimated $280,000,000. This involved upgrading all the municipal waste water treatment plants in the Wakulla Springshed. To reach the proposed target levels a similar retrofit of the individual septic systems in the Wakulla Springshed is planned. The estimated costs average around $120,000,000. Most of the state regulators equate nitrate levels to a clean spring.

  • Editor, The News:

    Re: “New intersection confuses drivers, leaders say,” Page 3, April 6 issue: Great job on the intersection photo and the reporting, Nancy!

  • I volunteered at the Wakulla Senior Center a few months last year.
    Then the Senior Citizens Board employed me. It has been a joyful journey becoming acquainted with the staff, some from my prior employment and some who have joined the Center since I left. While enjoying all the employees, much of the pleasure has been reduced by necessary actions that terminated some employees, revised procedures that reduced overtime pay, eliminated some director positions, and other actions that reduced our costs.

  • Editor, The News:

    April is Confederate Heritage Month with Confederate Memorial Day celebrated on April 26 in Florida. Please remember any and all Confederate ancestors
    Honoring our U.S. Confederate Veterans is a respectful act in acknowledging their brave sacrifice to the South to preserve our Southern culture. The following is an excerpt from the Confederate Catechism that highlights the root causes of the War Between the States.

  • Editor, The News:

    I feel a bit sorry for F.J. Young, who clearly doesn’t watch much PBS television, but nevertheless stated that it “primarily supports far leftwing and socialist ideas.”
    This letter is not to try and change his/her mind. Rather, I would like to bring a bit of truth to families, especially those with kids, so that they don’t miss out on wonderful programming because of misinformation.

  • Myers Carter, a lifelong resident and minister of Wakulla County, died on March 20th at his home at the age of 79, surrounded by his family.
    Myers was born and raised on a farm here in Wakulla County. The historic Carter home he was raised in still stands in Medart just off Crawfordville Highway.

  • The phone rang again, but I still wasn’t ready to talk.
    Nevertheless, the caller ID revealed my friend, Susan, wasn’t going to give up.
    “Hello.” Even with that one word, my voice cracked with emotion.
    “Are you OK?”
    “No.”
    “Do you want me to come over?”
    Susan’s compassion won me over. “Yes.”

  • I had big plans to do nothing over my Christmas break.
    I usually take off the week between Christmas and New Year’s and try to see how many miles I can run, and how many rounds of golf I can play.
    And how many naps I can take during the time inbetween.
    That first day, I ran 10 miles in the morning and played golf in the afternoon.
    The second day, 11.5 miles and golf in the afternoon.
    Third day, got a calf cramp about a mile in that would not go away. I hobbled back to the house. Did not play golf.

  • I got a new pair of glasses this weekend.
    I’ve had this old pair of glasses for about 20 years.
    A couple of weeks ago, I made my regular (every two decades) visit to the  opthamologist and found that, indeed, my eyes had changed and I needed a new prescription.
    I was so excited to get my new glasses – and was especially hopeful that my new and improved vision would lead to improved scores in my golf game.

  • Greg Cohen, owner of Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee, and part of the management team of Wakulla Springs Lodge, is having entirely too much fun.
    He recently held a 3D screening of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” at the Lodge –  one of several movies famously shot at Wakulla Springs. The event featured a cast of the Creature’s mask  made by Jim Henson some years ago.

  • By DARIS HOWARD
     
    My university colleagues and I always tried to find summer work, and then returned to share stories of our adventures.  But John’s story was unsurpassed that year.
     As he had in other years, John found work in Yellowstone National Park doing trail maintenance.  He would walk the trails of the park with a chain saw, cutting trees that had fallen across the paths.