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Today's Opinions

  • Voting early may be the answer

    Ordinarily, we’re not big proponents of early voting, or of absentee voting when it’s not absolutely necessary.
    However, this year may be different.
    Because there are 11 Florida Constitution amendments on the ballot, and some of them are wordy, the ballot is two pages, 14 inches long, both sides.
    If everyone waits to vote on Election Day, that could be a disaster. We have visions of people waiting a very long time while those ahead of them try to read through the ballot and figure out which way they are going to vote.

  • Take time to remember MIAs, POWs

    About a dozen or so years ago, I was sitting in my newspaper office in New Smyrna Beach when a man came in to see me.
    He was dressed in rough-looking clothes, and had a long beard that looked as if he hadn’t trimmed it in months.
    I immediately stereotyped him as, well, you can guess, especially since I found out he was a veteran, and we’ve all heard stories about down and out vets.
    His name was Tom Ryan, and it turned out he was one of the nicest people I met over there, and one who was most dedicated to what he was trying to accomplish.

  • What happens if I push this button?

    There are little things in life than can have a major effect on your concentration, your thought process, your lifestyle.
    Last week, my cell phone died.
    I won’t tell you the brand, but this cell phone could do more things than just be a “phone.” Still, you had to maneuver around the screen with a little button, then press that button to make your phone do anything. If you wanted to type something, the keyboard was so small that a kindergartener probably would have been frustrated.

  • County loses in Stearns race

    Regardless of how you feel about U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, there was one thing that could be said for him.
    He was from Ocala and gave Marion County its own representative on Congress.
    The loss last week in the Republican Primary eliminated Stearns from contention and, because of redistricting, means that Marion County will no longer have a representative in Congress from here.
    That doesn’t seem right for a county that’s 15th in the state in population and third in area (behind Collier and Polk).

  • Letters to the editor 8-24-2012

    Voters deserve the truth
    The president is being blamed for political ads that depict Romney as a heartless candidate who would shove grandma off a cliff and also introducing vouchers for seniors to purchase their health benefits on the open market. Romney is accusing the president of taking 716 billion dollars out of the Medicare system and using this money to shore up Obamacare, which, by the wa,y is despised by any politician with an R after his name.

  • Late attack ads had little effect

    The other day, I was watching a baseball game on television and a commercial came on. It was an attack ad by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) against Republican nominee Connie Mack.
    It was about 11 weeks before the November election. I think I nearly cried. You mean we have nearly three months of this to go.
    I was so glad to walk out to my mailbox last Tuesday, election day, and get nothing but a couple of bills (of course, you can throw the political ads away, you can’t do the same with the bills).

  • Letters to the editor 6-22-2012

    Walking in Oak Run
    Please let me offer a walker’s perspective to the Oak Run Boulevard controversy and a possible solution which would satisfy both walkers and motorists.

  • Was that really a "major" golf event?

    No one can ever accuse me of being a golfer. I have played one round of golf in my life, and shot a 103. Oh, did I mention it was a nine-hole course?
    That was back when I was 16 and my dad tried to teach me on a simple little course at a place called Mystic Islands, New Jersey. My dad was good at a lot of things, but he didn’t succeed at this one, although it probably wasn’t his fault.
    That’s why I’ve grown up rarely watching golf on television, except for the majors and the TPC at Sawgrass, which I personally attended once.