Suwannee Democrat

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March 23, 2012

Opinion - Mayor's Corner

Live Oak — I hope everyone has changed their clocks by now to Daylight Saving Time. We thought we had, but for a week, Diane discovered clocks in the house that had not been changed. I didn’t know we had so many time pieces. I like Daylight Saving Time. You have time in the evening after supper to get things done before dark. Most are of the opinion that one time should be decided on and leave it year round. Time change isn’t bad. It helps to break-up the routine of life. The changes take some getting used to. It is nice in the winter to get in the house before dark and get snuggled in for the night.

Gradually, we are losing more and more of our name sake Live Oak trees. I am working to replant trees so people one day won’t have to ask why our city is called Live Oak. Seven new Live Oak trees were planted several weeks ago. I worked with Troy and Penny Tyre of T-Roy Pine Straw and Trees to provide the seven trees. The trees were donated and planted by T-Roy at no expense to the city. Thanks to Suwannee Parks and OMI for assisting with the planting and watering of the trees. A big THANK YOU goes out to Troy and Penny for donating the trees to the city. I will continue to work to plant additional trees in the future. After all, Live Oak is a Tree City and we need to look like one.

The Suwannee County Fair is quickly approaching. The fair will be March 30 through April 7. An important event of the fair for as many years as I can remember is the livestock show and sale. I hate to hear about the rift between the fair folks and the livestock people. I was in the hopes that this disagreement could be worked out in the interest of the many young people that are involved. While you are at the Fair, pick up some of those burgers and real fries the Lions Club serves. Ummmm, they’re so good.

One event you might find interesting at the Fair is the “Crush the Bug” demolition activity. It is sponsored by Cheek and Scott Drugs and the Suwannee Drug Free Coalition to fund prescription drug abuse education in Suwannee County. You can take your best shot at one of Cheek and Scott’s yellow VW Bugs that you see buzzing around town. You can use a hammer, baseball bat or sledge hammer. Good luck, these little cars are tough. Back in 1962, Daddy bough the first VW Bug in Suwannee County and probably this entire area. It had to be tough because two teenage boys in our family drove it. The night Daddy brought it home, I drove it up town. I thought I was going to be arrested because of it. I was stopped in the middle of Pine Street beside what is now the jail. I couldn’t find the dimmer switch. The Officer lit me up and walked to the car and asked what I was doing. I told him I was looking for the dimmer switch. We finally discovered it was on the steering column, not the floorboard as with all vehicles at that time. Everything worked out okay. Daddy drove that Bug for years and then gave it to Diane and me when we got married. Thank goodness it was easy to “bump off”. I always parked on a hill if possible so it was easier to push and start. We were so poor back then we couldn’t afford to buy a battery. It was a hoot to teach Diane how to drive a stick shift. We spent many times doing the “jerking thing” until she got used to the clutch. We drove, or pushed, that red bug several years. Daddy had bought a VW fastback and gave it to us to replace the red bug which was retired to the back yard. It still wasn’t finished. Thad and Beth would load the neighborhood kids in it and drive around and around the field behind the house. Boy did they have fun. Excuse me for reminiscing. Gosh, I’m sounding like Jim Holmes. By the way, the jail was not at that location where I was stopped. The original Live Oak Winn Dixie store was there. The Suwannee County Health Department occupied the building after Winn Dixie moved out. The building was torn down to build the jail. Hope I got everything right. Thought you newcomers to our community might enjoy a little history. Yea, I know, very little history.

The issue of prayer at the City Council meetings has raised its ugly head again. We have had a public records request from a group called “Americans United for Separation of Church and State”. They have asked for copies of all records and documents that pertained to our involvement with the atheists last year. Many groups and individuals continue to peck away at our freedoms and rights. We have to be strong and rely on God to give us strength and guidance. God bless America. If we are not strong, I may not be able to write that in the future without breaking the law or being chastised severely.

After a shopping trip Sunday afternoon, Diane told me about two incidents where people just blatantly ran a red light and stop sign. Folks, you have to be careful. Check first before pulling out or approaching an intersection where there is a light or stop sign. You could get crunched at no fault of your own. I read a funny in a book entitled, 1001 Reasons to Smile, compiled by Arnold Brim. It read, “A careful driver is one that honks his horn when he goes through a red light”. Diane said they didn’t even have the courtesy to honk their horns. Do you need any better reason to wear your seatbelt? Buckle up folks.

Recently, Florida Power and Light donated some dollars to the city to purchase smoke detectors for residents of the city, primarily seniors. While checking prices at Lowes, Store Manger Ryan Segley told them to hold on for a few minutes while he made a call. He came back with some good news. He said Lowes would donate 100 detectors and batteries for our program. If you are without a detector or want your detector or batteries checked, call the Live Oak Fire Department, 362-1313 to set up an appointment. A big THANK YOU goes out to FPL and Lowes for their caring. I’m not surprised at their generosity. After all, we are the CARING COMMUNITY.

United Way of Suwannee Valley needs your financial help. They are short of their donation goal this year. Things are tough. United Way has helped with the burden of many in our area by paying electric and utility bills and providing prescription drugs for those in need. They also give financial support to over 25 agencies in our area that provide services to adults and youth. The list of services they provide goes on and on. If you have a few extra bucks, send a donation to United Way of Suwannee Valley, 325 Hernando Ave., Lake City Fl. 32055. A little bit from a lot of people can help.

Well, Spring is here. No, I think we skipped Spring and went directly into Summer. Many have the spring planting fever. I have been getting my fields plowed and ready for planting. I sound like a big time farmer. Okay, I am getting my garden spot ready for planting. I’m a little worried. It’s mighty early and we could have a cold snap. I see many crops already planted in our area. Maybe everything will be okay. Hopefully the large farmers know what they are doing. Good gardening to everyone. 

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