I have this defined in my style.css file:
#navigation {
	background-image: url('images/nav_bg.jpg');
	margin: auto;
	line-height: 43px;
I can call it successfully like this:
<div id="navigation">Left Right</div>
But when I try to use float (left/right) the background image disappears and turns white.

I want to float certain links to the left, and certain links to the right in this <div> tag. Is there a better way than to use float?

Thank you.