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Today's Opinions

  • What’s the total cost of attracting industry?

    Lockheed, the world’s largest "defense" contractor which in 2007 sold $41.8 billion worth of weapons throughout the world, needs $500,000 from Florida taxpayers to expand its capacity in Ocala to "ramp up" production of the Hellfire precision-guided missile that has been used widely in Iraq and Afghanistan to rain death and destruction not only on enemy tanks and installations but also upon thousands of helpless people who happen to get in the way.

  • Can Obama clean up

    the conservative mess?

    It took President Clinton eight years to clean up the Reagan-Bush mess that he inherited. He left office leaving the new Bush with a fantastic surplus. So what happens?

    These “new” business-oriented conservative Republicans came in and practically destroyed our country. They lied us into a no-win, no way out war.

  • Do corporations have an afterlife?

    Have you talked directly to your bank corporation lately? How about your insurance corporation, your telephone corporation, your investment corporation or your credit card corporation?

    “Silly,” you say? You are right. Corporations have no ears, no tongue, and no bodily functions. They do have relatives and offspring, however. They’re called holding companies and subsidiary corporations.

  • Christmas 1914 and 94 years later

    As we approach the holidays, it seems that our understanding of a tradition may be about to end and it is heartbreaking. The down and dirty of it is that as grandchildren get older, they are less inclined to accept the fantasies that we, the grandparents weave for them in the expectation that they will be children forever — at least in our minds.

  • “It came to me in a dream!

    I’ll protect the aquifer!”

     

  • Collateral damage of a free market

    According to President Bush the world financial crisis was in no way caused by free market economic policy. History doesn’t support the president’s belief. Our current crisis is a repetition of many other periods of abuse of economic freedom, most memorably the Great Depression.

    Capitalism is successful when economic and political freedom are mutually supportive. Institutional responsibility and political protection of the individual freedoms set forth in our Constitution are both necessary.

  • Can scientists

    find a hate gene?

    Who is looking for the hate gene? Surely, since we have the DNA double helix available, someone must be looking for the hate gene!

  • “Half the people I know are below average.”