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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Oil for the factories of China and India

    Oil For The Lamps of China is a movie that was released on my birthday in 1935. The story created an image of big oil as a business giant without a soul. Years later we discovered that the requirements for incorporation do not include evidence of a soul.

  • Veteran TV journalists are dying off

    Slowly and steadily, the old school of television journalists is dying off, leaving the superficial stars of today, many of whom are chosen for either their ability to out-shout their foes, or because they look pretty on the tube.
    Another icon of the television news business left us on Easter Sunday, when Mike Wallace, best known for his “60 Minutes” segments, died at the age of 93.

  • Big time coaches get selves in trouble

    Consider the plight of two athletic programs, each on a different level, each in a different sport, but both with the same problem ... a leader who doesn’t know when to keep quiet and doesn’t know when to tell the truth.

  • Letters to the editor 4-6-2012

    One (1) Mill Property Tax,
    A Travesty to Homeowners

  • "Great cases make bad law" -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

    The Supreme Court has heard the oral arguments about the Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare) and the justices have held their preliminary closed meeting. The Court will hand down its decision in June.
    In the meantime, even though we haven’t read the 2000 pages of the Affordable Care Act, bloggers, talk-show hosts, and columnists are exercising their opinions about the life or death of Obamacare. We consider our right to have opinions as sacred as freedom of speech.

  • Do local colleges really need sports?

    Many years ago when I was working in Palatka, being a sports fan, I used to go to the basketball games at St. Johns River Junior College, which become a community college and is now a college.
    I often wondered why a “community” college had so many out-of-town players.
    Those questions cropped up again when I moved to Ocala. One time I looked at Central Florida Community College’s roster, and there were several players from Russia. I sarcastically asked, “What community are they serving … Minsk?”