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Today's Opinions

  • “You know the money we saved so we could

    go to that new restaurant? Well ... it closed!”

  • Want a new park? Take the survey

    With the worsening economy, those who dream of an additional park in the Corridor have all but given up hope of anything materializing. But an empty pocketbook for buying land is nothing new for the folks at the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, and they’ve learned to search for the few state and federal dollars that are available nowadays.

  • For now, no more dread, only hope

    We had heard from the hinterlands there was an apparent sense of dread spreading round the country like some great unknowable plague aiming to take us down, individually and collectively. Is it the Henny-Penny-sky-is- falling syndrome? But in this particular case, it had relevancy in fact.

  • A tempest in a tiny teacup

    A small news item about a homeowner who balked at a notice to remove a boat from a driveway prompted a recent Star-Banner editorial chastising the city code enforcement personnel for bad public relations.

    The editorial suggested that simple code enforcement matters aren’t all that simple, and even used the word “harassment” a couple of times. We think that’s bunkum.

  • Even hookers are joining ranks of the unemployed

    The Bush administration has finally departed, leaving behind much death and devastation in its wake. More than 4,000 dead young Americans and more than 30,000 wounded in Iraq.

    Furthermore, we have had eight years of unbridled, deregulated capitalism unleashed upon us and what have we achieved with that – a whole new class has been created. It is called the super rich.

    Not satisfied with being merely rich or even millionaires, they are superstar rich and untouchable. And the rest of us poor suckers are starving to death.

  • Was the Wall Street bailout constitutional?

    In the first 10 days of September 2008, one of the worst crises in American history broke into public view. We saw several of the oldest and largest financial institutions in the world wiped out.

    The government stepped in and rescued the largest insurance company in the world (AIG) and two quasi-public corporations, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that invest in about half the mortgages in the U.S., were bailed out with $200 billion. The stock market lost more than 40 percent of its value but, thanks to vigorous steps to combat it, the loss has been abated.

  • Letters

    Please, Mr. President,

    don’t do it

    Before I became a citizen of these United States and could register to vote, I would proudly declare myself a Democrat. After all were not they the party of the “New Deal,” the party of the underdog, the party of the weak, the party of the working people everywhere?

    How then did this party, my party, become identified with abortion on demand, identified with turning their backs on the weakest of the weak?

  • Stang

    “Hello, Florida Agriculture Department? What

    are the squiggly-looking things on my oranges?”