http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en 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> 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 /> CRACKER COWBOY: The Guy Thompson Affair (Part 1) http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cracker-cowboy-guy-thompson-affair-part-1 <p> A couple of years into my cowboying in Marion County I got a call from a man who was living on the Castro farms, northwest of Ocala on Highway 27. He told me he managed the cattle operation for Bernard Castro and he had heard that I was day working and had some good dogs. He had a similar arrangement with Castro that I had with the Double F Ranch out at Moss Bluff - we could day work on the side on our own time.<br /> CRACKER COWBOY: Bad cows with bad horns http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cracker-cowboy-bad-cows-bad-horns <p> The Double F at Moss Bluff in Marion County was like about every other ranch I ever worked on; it had one or two bad cows that would go out of their way to hook your pants off. Once we identified them, we made it a practice to tip their horns, so they couldn&rsquo;t do as much damage.<br /> One time while receiving cattle from Dixie County for the Perry Brothers at the Baseline cow pen at Belleview, one of the semi-drivers told us to watch out for a little scrub cow and don&rsquo;t turn your back on her. She had killed a horse back in Dixie County.<br /> Bill Roberts' CRACKER COWBOY: The Heather Island Bull http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/bill-roberts-cracker-cowboy-heather-island-bull <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/roberts_5-1-14.jpg" alt="The bull had just jumped out of the trap on Heather Island, but he didn&#039;t get very far. — Painted by Bill Roberts" title="The bull had just jumped out of the trap on Heather Island, but he didn&#039;t get very far. — Painted by Bill Roberts" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> By Bill Roberts<br /> I was day-working in Marion County for a group of cattlemen that had cattle in several pastures, including the Ocala National Forest, where the cattle, more or less, roamed over a large area.<br /> This was the end of the open range, as encounters with automobiles became more frequent, especially of Highway 40 from Ocala to the East Coast.<br />