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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Purge everyone and start from scratch

    We’ve all been hearing a lot lately about voter purges, where the state is trying to make sure that all voters are legitimately registered and are American citizens qualified to vote.
    For some reason, some people think this is a bad thing. They don’t see to care that some votes are being cast illegally. It comes back to that old cliché: What part of the word “illegal” don’t you understand?”

  • Letters to the editor 6-1-2012

    Oak Run no-walking article was incorrect

  • Equal protection by any other name is the same

    In the 19th century and the first 50 years of the 20th, many poorly paid, unmarried teachers, particularly females, lived together out of financial necessity. Whether their living arrangements were anything other than shared expenses was seldom questioned.
    Of course there were village busy biddies who would speculate in social circles about teachers living together, without any factual information on which to base whispered suspicions about sexuality. Gossipers feed on subjects which are none of their business.

  • You always recall your first hurricane

    My first encounter with a hurricane, that I remember, was in 1954. We had just moved to a house on a hill in northern New Jersey, a one-story with a basement, facing west.
    I remember hearing about this storm called Hazel that was cutting across the northeast on its way to Canada, after starting in Haiti where it killed 1,000 people. At that point, I had no idea where Haiti was, but I didn’t want something that could kill that many people coming my way.
    My parents said not to worry, that it was greatly weakened by the time it got to us.

  • Letters to the editor 5-11-2012

    War on women
    The “war on women” is a false claim created by the liberal media and the current administration as a way to divide women and the conservative community. The majority of American women are much too intelligent to accept their plan.
    What began as a debate regarding the government demanding the Catholic Church pay for and furnish contraceptives to women who are covered under the Church’s health insurance suddenly became a bogus argument which the administration calls a “war on women”.

  • Take time Sunday to call your mom

    The year was 1997. I was temporarily working out of state but came back to Ocala around New Year’s Day, visiting my family.
    We rode somewhere, I can’t remember where, and when we got to my parents’ house, which is now my home, I got out of the car and opened the door for my 82-year-old mom. She took my hand and got out of the car, but gave me a wistful look as she did so.
    That look sent chills through me … I don’t know why. I stayed at the house a couple more hours, then had to leave, driving by myself. That look haunted me for hours.