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Today's Opinions

  • Congress is a club for exceptional people

    Most Congress people arrive in Washington with ordinary backgrounds and an agenda of noble intentions to do good for constituents and the nation.
    It doesn’t take long however for Congress people to become exceptional. To some extent it’s not their fault. It may be an effect of ingesting Washington air and water.

  • Business Park road opens in Ocala

    At last, one of those new roads that keep popping up all over Marion County opened up Tuesday morning as a road to somewhere … and an important one it is.
    The city of Ocala held a ceremony to unveil the sign to its new Ocala Business Park at Ocala International Airport, and with it opened Southwest 67th Avenue Road.
    The road now goes from State Road 40 south to Southwest 38th Street. The southern portion of the road has been in existence for some time; it is used as the entrance to the Ocala Regional Sportsplex.

  • Hospital: Patients and patience

    Trying to follow this controversy concerning Munroe Regional Medical Center is really challenging for those of us who are just simple folk. All these tales of leases and taxes and rankings, etc., can make us dizzy.
    I do know one thing. If the Munroe powers-that-be succeed in getting a new tax on the ballot in November, it hasn’t got a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of succeeding, especially in this economy, even if there are some who are willing to pay a little more for the success of the hospital.

  • Letters to the editor 4-20-2012

    True justice

  • Even at meetings, red light means stop

    If you've ever watched the television show "Law and Order," you've seen scenes from the Appellate Court and the state Supreme Court where both sides make their oral arguments.
    They stand in front of a podium which has three small lights, green, yellow and red, well in sight of the speaker.
    When he starts, the green light is on. When time is almost up, the yellow light comes on, and when time is up, the red light glows, and the lawyer immediately says thank you and sits down.

  • Simple honesty can fit on a bumper sticker

    If you are self-employed or retired you’ve already sent to the IRS your first estimated tax payment for 2012 - real money based on income you haven’t received yet.
    Meanwhile, living nearby are some of the 46 percent of Americans who paid no taxes for 2011 and are unlikely to pay any in 2012. Our system of taxation is mysterious and corrupt.

  • No more mail for Social Security

    Over the past few years, it’s been obvious that some people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Those of us who have websites and e-mails have been part of the effort to educate the public on the use of electronics.
    Now the federal government is getting in the act.
    As you can read elsewhere, beginning March 1, 2013, the feds will get rid of all paper checks for benefits, including Social Security. No longer will you be rushing to your mailbox on a certain day of the month to get that check and take it to the bank.

  • Letters to the editor 4-13-2012

    The private activities
    In a recent letter published in another local newspaper titled “Do more than protest,” the writer censured persons who protest abortion at the local abortion clinic. The writer has the right to their opinion in this matter.