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Today's Opinions

  • Mourning the late, great housing boom

    In an October column we did a mini seminar on the sub-prime mortgage mess. During the late, great housing boom, mortgage companies and banks were borrowing low-interest money, lending it to home buyers, then selling off bundles of mortgages to dumb investment banks, not-so-smart hedge funds, and other cocky high-rollers.

    Things may be darker than revealed so far. New York and Connecticut are investigating whether lenders were slipping in “no document” and “exception” loans, which made the bundled mortgages even more risky for investors.

  • Ambulance services under MCFR's roof

    Now we know the direction the county’s ambulance service will take. But the avenues mapped have yet to be traveled.

    At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting the vote was for merging Emergency Medical Services Alliance personnel with county fire services. When Barbara Fitos spoke at the Jan. 14 State Road 200 Coalition meeting, she addressed the benefits of such a marriage, and three other commissioners were apparently of similar mind.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Thank you all for

    honoring Harry Plow

    The family, and especially Irene Plow, wants to thank everyone for the many expressions of sympathy for my husband, Harry G. Plow, by attending his memorial, as well as the contributions made in his name and the kind words by cards.

    For the community to remember the man who gave his all for others in many special ways is very touching.

    Thanks again,

    Irene Plow

    Congress shouldn’t pass

    time with baseball scandals