http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en The public understands opinion driven by self-interest http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/public-understands-opinion-driven-self-interest <p> True journalists &mdash; those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives &mdash; hold one thing dear to their hearts&ndash;the sanctity of news.<br /> That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.<br /> The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place &ndash; the editorial page, under a header that reads, &ldquo;Opinion.&rdquo;<br /> Free at last – the Plantation at Fort Lauderdale http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/free-last-%E2%80%93-plantation-fort-lauderdale-0 <p> <strong>&nbsp;By Bill Roberts</strong></p> Encounter in the park http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/encounter-park <p> &nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">By Tom Deverin</strong></p> <p> <strong>Special to the Beacon</strong></p> <p> While walking past the park in Cedar Key, a woman, a visitor to our islands, was observed taking discarded plastic and aluminum beverage containers from a city trash container and putting them into the green wire recycle bin.</p> <p> &nbsp;Being sort of curious, I walked over and started a conversation.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Pretty day.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;It sure is that.&rdquo;</p> Florida's new marijuana laws http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/floridas-new-marijuana-laws <p> M. C. of Alachua asks, &ldquo;What&rsquo;s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn&rsquo;t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Dear M. C.:<br /> Thank you for your support http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/thank-you-your-support <p> Dear friends and neighbors,</p> <p> I want to extend a sincere thank you from myself and my family to all of you for your prayers, flowers, cards and expressions of concern during my recent hospital stay. By the grace of God, I am at home and becoming stronger each day. Your good wishes remind me daily of the power of prayer and the value of loving and supportive family and friends.</p> Chiefland hopsital hopes http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/chiefland-hopsital-hopes <p> For years we&#39;ve heard about a hospital coming. Money raised. Hopes raised, but over the years (7), nothing!<br /> Now, another raised hope. Ameris has $3.7 million invested.<br /> Big Deal! Less than a small winning lottery ticket.<br /> The City of Chiefland should not contribute one penny toward what will be another unfulfilled promise.<br /> Thank God for the VA in Gainesville.<br /> <strong>Herbert Graham<br /> Chiefland</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> Chiefland hospital revived? http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/chiefland-hospital-revived <p> According to June 4th edition of the Chiefland Citizen the Tri-County Hospital may be revived by Ameris Health systems.&nbsp; Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 4), who is up for re-election this year, seems to have a golden ear on these developments by Mr. Schupp and&nbsp; the unnamed forum of community leaders. Mr. Bell is to be commended for this.<br /> Commissioner Bell should also be commended for not having a Golden Eye for researching Ameris Systems record of financial responsibility and management skills.<br /> Dealing with that difficult person http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/dealing-difficult-person <p> <strong>By Bob Denny</strong><br /> My friend&rsquo;s blood pressure jumped to 160/110! He told me he thought he was going to explode! It was a serious clash with a dominating supervisor. That was one of the most painful and challenging times of his life! It hurt so bad that he took a month off of work. With some helpful counseling, he worked out a good solution with the employer, and was able to return to his job and stay on until a happy and successful retirement. (His supervisor was transferred and given appropriate training on &ldquo;management skills.&rdquo;)<br />