• Blame the unions? 03-04-2011

    The newly elected Republican governors are blaming the big, bad, out-of-control unions for the financial problems that they face trying to balance their budgets. I must ask how can 6.9 percent of the private union workforce be responsible for this economy. Wisconsin has taken a page out of the federal government’s playbook used for not meeting their budgetary goals.

  • Enact the Fair Tax 03-04-2011

    What is the American Dream? To me it means that no matter who you are or where you begin, in America you can climb as far as your imagination, ambition, hard work and God-given abilities can take you. But what has happened to that dream?

  • Golf at Oak Run

    Recently I was quite surprised to find out that Royal Oaks Golf Club didn’t want Oak Run residents to play there. I came to this conclusion when our threesome of Oak Run residents were joined by a resident of The Villages who paid $25 to play and we were charged $40. Needless to say I was upset over the cost difference.
    For those Oak Run residents who are also upset over the price difference, we can play at Spruce Creek for $27, Huntington for $28, SummerGlen for $34 or Marion Oaks for $30 before noon or $26 afternoon.

  • Bad government decisions

    The Republicans have shown their true goal and focus toward the least affluent seniors by concentrating their efforts to reduce Social Security and Medicare by cutting back on these two necessary programs. Their very existence has allowed our retirees to feed and clothe themselves, to lead a fruitful life and contribute to the American society in general.

  • Thank you, Gov. Scott 02-25-2011

    Apparently, a minority of our state population is in favor of the high speed rail that Scott has reversed, telling the Fed to keep their money. He is wise enough to have the foreknowledge that our cost to keep this going will be astronomical, too big a burden for Florida taxpayers. If you look at the facts, public transportation rarely if ever pays its own way. Also, recent history reveals that our citizens soundly voted this down only to have the issue arise again. There are several issues, discounting the future cost, that should be addressed.

  • Just say No

    Think about this. How many people do you know who are smart enough to lead perfect lives? Then how many people are smart enough to lead, and control the lives of every human on this planet?

    Hmmmmmmm.  None. I cannot think of one person.

    Strange, isn’t it, that each generation seems to grow a new crop of these power lusting know-it-alls. The book Dupes by Paul Kengor {among other things} outlines this scenario so clearly.

  • China sojourn 02-25-2011

    China sojourn

    Recently, my sojourn from Beijing to Shanghai, China, became an eye opener. The modern, clean, subway systems in both of those cities provided a reasonable and quick way to reach many areas. Many Chinese were using electronic devices during the trips.

    Auto traffic is growing, especially on the freeways (mostly toll roads outside the cities). Only in Shanghai are you required to purchase a lifetime car license to use the freeways. The transferable licenses fluctuate in price and may cost in the $1,000s U.S. dollars and may be sold!

  • Aerobatic box 02-25-2011

    I live north of Dunnellon. Accidents occur all the time in many ways and types. My understanding of an accident is something not intentional. Websters 1828 dictionary explains it as -

    1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.

    2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design.

  • Health care woes 02-25-2011

    A woman under 65 had health care paid for by her husband’s salary. He died, she no longer has health care. She has a job that does not pay enough. When she is sick she has to go to work. No plan will cover her.

    When I saw her she was quietly crying. She joins millions of Americans without health care because Congress demanded it under the guise of cutting taxes.

    Congress has the best health care in the world.

    Alan Gold


  • People power 02-18-2011

    The people of Egypt have spoken and with their peaceful demonstrations have shown the world that the power of their unity is stronger than any government dictator. They are working toward a government where the people can decide their future with free elections.