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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the editor 5-4-2012

    Away from White House?
    Recently we hear a lot of negative remarks regarding President Obama's frequent trips so
    let us look at the facts:
    During President Obama's first year in office, he spent 26 days away from the White House.
    President Regan spent 42 days away.
    G. H. W. bush spent 69 days away.
    G. Bush 2 spent a total of 147 days away from the White House in his first year.

  • Letters to the editori 4-27-2012

    Cross Florida Barge Canal
    Those of you who didn’t live here in Florida back in the 1960s as I did, won’t remember the controversy regarding the building of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. It was a great idea at the time and still is to this day. The reasons for not building were strictly political, with little foundation. It was a pity it didn’t happen.

  • 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.