Editorial

Veterans and the Veterans Service Office

I want to use this article to talk about an issue that should be addressed as it affects approximately 28,000 veterans and their families -- the issue is our veterans service office.
 
The Veterans Service Office -- what the Veterans Service Office does for us and the challenges that they face in being able to provide services that directly deal with the Federal Veterans Administration, a task that they alone have a unique ability to do above o

Changes needed to Land Development Code to shape future

Internet shopping, drone delivery, self-driving cars, Segways and hover boards, telemedicine, more people working from home -- and so much more -- are changes happening to our world, and whether you like it or not, the millennials and following generations are going to drive these changes inour community.

Impact fee moratorium should stay in place

Why does it matter if impact fees are increased?
 
It should matter to you, the blue collar worker, who works hard for your dollar.
 
With impact fees there is always a chain reaction: if you make it more expensive to build here, people will be less likely to come here at all, which would affect the economy of the county greatly, including your family and their potential earnings.
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Impact fee talks reach critical juncture

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3Decision time is almost here, and the issue of Impact fees will soon be vetted and decided upon.

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Changing regulations and the culture

Every year government creates more regulations, increases cost to business and comes up with programs that are supposedly there to help, yet what often happens is that government is actually defeating the free market values that is the core of our American way of life, instead of helping.
 
The regulations alone are not the problem, but are exacerbated by the growth of rules that follow and the interpretation of those rules at the lowest level.

The unintended consequences of impact fees

Jimmie T. Smith, Citrus County Commissioner, District 3As a policymaker, I’m frequently questioned on what we as a community can, should and shouldn't do, and the effects of each choice.

Oftentimes, there are “unintended consequences” of our choice, and in the end, we regret the outcome of our decision.

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Impact fees, not maintenance fees

County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3At a previous commission meeting, we addressed the issue of Impact Fees.

The majority of people who came before the board had issues of maintenance and even our own presentation suggested we use Impact Fees for debt, to pay for previous projects not specifically correlated to what impact fees are supposed to be used for, which is IMPACT.

Statute of limitations for veterans pay

U.S. Rep. Richard NugentJust a week ago, news broke about the Pentagon requiring National Guard members in California to pay back erroneously awarded bonuses.

Needless to say, given the years that have passed since the bonuses were paid, there was national outrage. And because of this public pressure, the Department of Defense has since suspended the effort to recoup any of the money.

Our view: When budgets matter

As we have pointed out in an earlier story, there is some disagreement among Citrus County Commissioners about the upcoming budget finalization on Sept. 27, 2016.

Gridlock keeps Zika funding hostage

I want to talk about Zika with you for a moment, because if there are people out there who aren’t worried about it, they should be.

This is an emergency unfolding in slow motion, but it’s an emergency nonetheless.

Citrus County asks when to expect FEMA aid

EOC Capt. Dave DeCarloCaptain Dave DeCarlo,
Citrus County Director of Emergency Management

Hurricane Hermine left a mark on Citrus County, to say the least.

Now that we have blue skies again, what happens next?

Take the time to reach out to your representatives

Couple of happy updates to share with you all this week.

You may remember that earlier this year I wrote about a small, but nonetheless significant, issue facing many of our residents in southern Spring Hill.

This problem concerns the lack of sidewalk on Quality Drive. Combined with the absence of a crosswalk, handicapped and elderly residents are prevented from having safe access to the hospital and local shopping center.

Dallas PD tragedy should unite America

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, 11th Congressional DistrictI spent 38 years in law enforcement.

From patrolling the night shift in a police department in a Chicago suburb to serving as Sheriff of Hernando County in Florida, I have been witness to unimaginable acts by horrendous criminals.

More focus on terrorism, less squabbling

U.S. Rep. Richard NugentA week ago, our neighbors to the east suffered a homegrown terrorist attack.  The shooter was an American citizen.  His father (from Afghanistan) is an open and vocal supporter of the Taliban.

Senate takes aim at military housing allowance

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, 11th Congressional District.This past weekend, Wendy and I were helping one of our sons, who is now a Major in the Army, and his young family move into a new house.

Land / Lease Corporations

Dear Editor,

There is a horrible situation going on, involving land / lease corporations that own property in Florida.

They swoop in and buy 55+ parks with the intent of driving the present tenants out.

They do this through threats and actions. The end result is retired, elderly or disabled people who lose a spouse cannot afford to live here any longer. There are people getting ill, yet are too afraid to ask their doctors if the constant water from the treatment plant may be the cause.

Zika funding on Congressional docket

Rich Nugent (R), Brooksville, Member of Congress,11th Congressional DistrictWe’ve got a few big items for you this week:  House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Military Construction/VA appropriations bill and a significant federal resource package to combat the impending Zika threat.

I’ve talked plenty in recent weeks about the Defense Authorization, so I won’t take up your time with it at this time.

The Budget: Nothing is as easy as it looks

U.S. Representattive Richard Nugent (R-Brooksville)This week, amidst all of the focus on the government funding bill, there was a significant piece of legislation that you deserve to be aware of.

Very quickly and very quietly, Congress passed the authorization bill for the nation’s intelligence agencies.

The Presidency, Congress and war powers

U.S. Representative Richard Nugent (R-Brooksville)What many people may have missed is that Congress did not vote on the question of whether or not to authorize the President to continue air strikes in Iraq.

The border crisis: Not just Congress' problem, sir


The U.S. Border Patrol estimates that this year, they will catch roughly 90,000 unaccompanied minors entering our country illegally.

They expect that number to rise next year. And while this issue has existed for years, we’ve seen a massive spike over the last year – and that trend is expected to continue.

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