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Today's Opinions

  • Sorry, George – mea culpa not accepted

    A pundit remarked recently that the president looked quite contrite, agreeable and almost worthy of sympathy. Yes we would all like to think he has experienced redemption and, in his new iteration, come to the awareness that he had made mistakes and is truly apologetic and that from now on, we will find a new, gentler Bush.

    Don’t count on it. Bush is a good ole’ get even boy from the Lee Atwater mode: Anything goes to achieve desired ends. The entire family is that way, including sweet mother.

  • History isn’t always black or white

    Sometimes we are chided by our readers for something we did or didn’t do. Most of the time it’s only a comment or two; on occasion there are a number of calls – and a few lengthy conversations.

    We try to learn something from all writers of e- and regular mail and the telephone callers. And once in a while,  we realize a common thread in those discourses is something we should have addressed.

  • More things you’d prefer not to know

    Ten years ago President Bill Clinton told the nation “the era of big government is over.” We don’t know whether he was wrong or telling another big one while wagging his finger at us. In any case, both sides of Congress applauded, which was awkward because they had their fingers crossed.

    However, despite differences, the Clinton White House and Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican Congress actually shrank the size of government, produced balanced budgets, and encouraged better than usual economic growth. Gridlock can be good. It encourages compromise.

  • What’s with gouging the groceries?

    As we noted last week, growth to an area such as ours never pays for itself. It brings on an increase in costs of most everything as we have seen on home mortgages, life-, health- and auto insurance, gasoline – and we must include the food we eat.

  • “It’s either a mole hill from outer

    space or another bank is sprouting!”

     

  • The art of wedging political knickers

    Someone once described the pain of a hangover as a spike driven into the top of his head by some evil force. That’s a wonderfully apt metaphor for the pain of political headaches called wedge issues.

    A wedge issue is an emotionally charged subject of dissent within a political party, which may cause otherwise loyal members to withhold support of the party’s candidate – or something even more treasonous.

  • Will oil crisis spark 'civil disobedience'?

    No one will argue that the American public has been more than patient when it comes to our government, the oil companies, the futures market, OPEC or speculators or anyone else doing anything to solve our needless oil problems and the resulting exorbitant gasoline prices. Congress talks and debates and the two parties blame each other of not doing what could be done to solve the problem.

    Looks like John Q. Public will have to wake them up.

  • Habitat has hammered its way to the top

    A nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity, made the list of the top 100 builders, in volume, in the United States for 2007. The efforts of its volunteers put them number 14 on the list, published by Builder’s magazine. They closed on 5,619 homes in 2007.

    Habitat for Humanity of Marion County contributed to the home count. They closed on 18 homes, most in west Ocala, last year. With more than 1,800 affiliates in the United States, the Marion County group ranks number 27 among other chapters.