Today's News

  • Investment Planning Throughout Retirement

    Investment planning during retirement is not the same as investing for retirement and, in many ways, is more complicated. Your working years are your saving years. Typically, a worker’s main source of income is from wages. Wage earners experience some protection against inflation by receiving a raise in pay periodically. Their retirement objective is to grow retirement savings as much as possible. To that end, and because they have time to recover from losses, workers are able to put some money in higher risk investments.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 24, 2009

    Great American

    Tea Party

    Despite liberal media articles to the contrary, more than one million Americans participated in more than  800 different Tea Parties throughout the U.S.A.

    I was honored to be one of the attendees at the noon Ocala party which was a resounding success.

    It wasn’t a Republican party; it included all parties made up of Americans who still honor individual freedom, responsibility, free enterprise, and limited government with accountability.

  • Busy volunteers and blue ribbons part of Landing life

    Chosen by the S&R Committee as our Volunteer of the Month for April, Nancy Rife has been Mrs. Ladies Golf for a number of years. More recently, she became treasurer for the Sunshine Committee as well as secretary of the S&R Committee. And, to quote my S&R source, “Nancy has volunteered her services to myriad community activities throughout the many years she has resided in Marion Landing. Congratulations, Nancy, for showing  us how it’s done.

    Yard Sale Season

  • Pony Express delivered but modern mail hijacked

    On April 3rd in 1860, the first pony express in the United States started. The relay mail service operated between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, a distance of nearly 2,000 miles.

    Stations where the riders changed horses were roughly 10 miles apart. After a rider had covered about 75 to 100 miles, the mail was turned over to another rider; this continued until the destination was reached.

  • Officers get ready for Safety Fair

    Make plans to attend the Safety Fair on May 2 at the McPherson government complex at the intersection of S.E. 25th Ave. and Ft. King.

    It is the first annual Safety Fair sponsored by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.

    The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

    Come learn about various safety topics to include: boating safety, pool safety, car seat safety, home security safety and much more. We will also offer kinder prints and clowns providing face painting for the kids of all ages.

  • It’s seldom a gloomy day in this backyard

    We have lived in Illinois, Arkansas, Arizona and Florida  – and of all the places we have lived in 57 years, we love Ocala the best. It is home to us forever. Every place has its good and bad problems, but so far this is where we want to be.

    Blast from the Past

    The feature for this column this time happened 20 years ago. These young ladies went on a one-day cruise. The following is what was written 20 years ago by Harriet Bissen.

  • Week’s events lifted us to soaring heights

    JFK said, ‘Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.’

    Last week we were treated to two events wildly disparate but nevertheless enabling us to be lifted up with lightened hearts.

    How about those S.E.A.L.S? One would have to know something about scopes, snipers and sharp-shooting to fully realize what happened and the difficulties the feat presented.

    It’s not the easiest of tasks when the subject and the shooter are stationary.

  • Special classes in session at OTOW

    Offering a variety of educational opportunities is one of the goals for those coordinating the classes in the Master the Possibilities classrooms.

    In the latest catalog, April – June, 60 percent of the programs are offered for the first time, said Dan Dowd, the man in charge of finding interesting new classes as the director of education for the On Top of the World communities.

    Dowd is up to the challenge.

  • To err is human; to blunder is inexcusable

    A federal appeals court decision concerning a Palm Beach County student’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in school irks some well-meaning citizens and seems to befuddle school boards and administrators.

    We assume the interesting history of the Pledge is being taught in our public schools. The Pledge was composed by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist minister. It was recited for the first time in schools on Columbus Day 1892.

  • From here to eternity and home again

    As far as I am concerned, traveling is a necessary evil. I suppose if I am going to choose some evil, traveling is as good an evil as anything is. Although I would much rather stay home and get my work done, I need to do some traveling.

    My favorite mode of traveling is the airplane. I just get to my seat, buckle up and let somebody else do the driving ... or the flying as the case may be. I do not have to worry about the route or making some wrong turn. Everything is done for me.