Today's Opinions

  • Shopping for body parts insurance

    Politicians are at their dumbest when discussing health care and health care financing. There are rare exceptions, such as Congressman Pete Stark of California and Hillary Clinton, who spent months learning about both care and financing during her husband’s first term in office. That’s not to say her ideas are right, but at least she knows what she’s talking about.

  • Letters to the editor

    Let’s graciously

    support the candidate

    In last week’s “letters to the editor,” Helen Bader wrote in a very deprecating manner regarding the Democratic Party and Barrak Obama. She certainly has the right to air these perceived grievances and hopefully her input and the input of other women with similar ideas will make changes happen within the party.

  • Fire rescue to provide ambulance service

    Florida’s firefighters have provided both emergency medical and fire rescue services to residents for decades. Now Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) will add ambulance transport to its growing mission. On March 18, Marion County Commissioners approved an organizational structure that will enable MCFR to provide ambulance service countywide starting this October when the current ambulance service contract expires.

  • Playing the game in Dallas and Dubai

    The posted price of gasoline on every highway is a daily reminder that government is powerless over our economy, no matter how much it spends.

    In January 2001, Mr. Bush’s first significant presidential act was creation of the National Energy Policy Development Group (NJPDG). It became better known as the Cheney Energy Task Force.

  • Join the 'Web generation,' visit the Citizen online

    Today’s generation grew up with television and cut their teeth on computers – it’s second nature to them. The “greatest generation” thought radio was an electronic marvel and TV was introduced as a luxury to them.

    Individuals communicate with the suddenness that was once reserved for news mediums and hush-hush government agencies. But the “greatest” and the baby boomers are catching up with all the whiz kids and becoming more computer literate every day.

  • God save the queen, or Jerusalem?

    One of the best known and best loved English hymns is Jerusalem, with music composed by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry and the soaring orchestral score added six years later by Sir Edward Elgar, best known for his Pomp and Circumstance, (Land of Hope and Glory, used at most American graduation ceremonies.) William Blake wrote the sublime and enigmatic words in his preface to Milton.

  • Running out of gas on road to ruin

    Plainly speaking, our government is clearly out of control in so many ways it’s not even funny. A lot of our real enemies are in Washington, D.C. Their actions daily are causing America to self-destruct. We are borrowing $2 billon a day from our enemy, China, to support our economy so the public won’t know how bad the current recession really is.

    If China wanted America to collapse, all they and the other creditors such as Japan would have to do is to call in our loans and notes. We could never pay up.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Will we elect a ‘queen

    mother’ on an ‘emperor?’

    Barack Obama, at a private fundraiser (no press allowed) said that in small towns in rural America, people who have lost their jobs “become bitter and cling to guns or religion.” What we have here is a presidential candidate looking down his nose at the peasants.

    Barack Obama is a snob. He is the worst kind of snob – an intellectual snob.