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Today's Opinions

  • The rear view of our crystal ball

    Winston Churchill observed that a fanatic is someone who cannot change his mind and will not change the subject. Talk radio has a number of that peculiar species.

    With Sir Winston’s wisdom in mind, we thought to look back over our own opinions and prognostications about the presidential campaign and its intense focus on change.

  • Marion County celebrates Dr. King’s birthday

    The Marion County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission will present the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Marion County Public Information Officer Judge Cochran has been invited to act as spokesperson for the celebration.

    Prayer Breakfast/Legacy Pioneers Recognition: 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Edward Croskey Center, 1410 N.W. 4th St. Tickets are $10. Call 351-0824.

    Ecumenical Service: 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, at First Assembly of God, 1827 N.E. 14th St. Call 732-0097.

  • Good and bad things come to an end

    In the early years after World War II, most folks were occupied with getting a job, buying a car, getting married, buying a second car, making babies, getting a bigger car, buying a house, mowing grass, and dreaming about a bigger house – with two bathrooms.

  • “It is blended coffee ...

    yesterday’s and today’s!”

     

  • Lawmakers are in session, keep a hand on your wallet

    Florida legislators have a tough job ahead of them, dealing with the newest budget crisis and the projected $2 billion shortfall in revenue. They are meeting in a two-week special session to decide just how to deal with shrinking state coffers.

    The housing market slump is one of the many reasons there’s a shortfall but a significant one, with home construction being one of the state’s largest industries. When buying a house, homeowners buy documentary stamps in proportion to the purchase price of the home.

  • Is religious speech "second class?"

    For 88 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its allies have fought for legal rulings that censor America’s Christian history and heritage to overturn our traditional values. Now it has taken this intolerant campaign to the next level by increasingly demanding jail for Christians who won’t comply.

    In Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, a private individual prayed before a school event and the ACLU issued a startling threat. “Their refusal to comply, (the censorship of religious speech) should and must result in their removal from society.”

  • Will there be peace in Gaza before Jan. 20?

    Our ally Israel is dependent on American aid. What if we threatened them with the cancellation of aid if they don’t do what we want? Is that a possibility? Would they withdraw from Gaza and work toward a peace agreement?

    Will Israel then, after not being chastised for its highly suspect excuse to attack the Palestinians in Gaza become the stalking horse that makes it possible for America to come to her aid? Will Israel become the vehicle for another war – a war with a country four or five times larger than an Iraq that we cannot manage?

  • And now for the rest of the story

    If we made any resolutions last year we don’t remember them. Aging has its prerogatives – a convenient memory being one of them.

    What should we do first this year? Grandma said in the old country it was against the law to read yesterday’s newspapers. So first thing we’ve got to do is sort through our clipping files and send old news to the recycler.