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Today's Opinions

  • Trayvon Martin: Be careful what you wish for

    Remember Casey Anthony? Before she was charged, there was an outcry for justice. People demanded an arrest. So the state attorney’s office filed charges.
    Trouble is, the prosecutors didn’t have every bit of evidence in its proper place. The resulting trial was a disaster for them, and Casey Anthony is now a free woman, much to the dismay of all those who pushed for her to be jailed.

  • Letters to the editor 3-23-2012

    Staff Sergeant Thomas Bales,
    Where does the real fault lie?

  • The road to democracy has no backup lane

    Nothing inspires a steamed-up column more than confusion about the nature of our government. This steamer was generated by letters in the daily papers about capitalism and democracy, neither of which has any status in our form of government.
    Adding to the misconceptions, a headline writer used the words “democratic republic” as a title caption to a letter. That is not now and never has been our form of government. However the future is uncertain.

  • Transparency in Pine Run

    Last week we complained about the lack of openness in the federal process concerning a complaint filed against a sheriff’s candidate.
    Today we go to the opposite end of the spectrum, a comment on how one local community is being very open about the candidates for its homeowners’ group.

  • Checking out Marion's roads to nowhere

    Four years ago, during the presidential campaign, we heard a lot of talk about a "bridge to nowhere." The votes for that project still haunt some politicians today.
    Well, those folks have nothing on Marion County. We have roads to nowhere, lots of them, being built.
    Yes, they're all supposed to connect up someday to form a western bypass, but meanwhile, there are some perfectly good roads sitting there unusable, because they don't hook up with anything.

  • Letters to the editor 3-16-2012

    Invisible, irrelevant
    I read an article in the Tampa Bay Times dated March 8 where the Democrats in the Florida House and Senate feel that they are invisible and irrelevant. While this is true they must realize that the general electorate does not read or understand politics especially Florida politics where the minority rules.

  • The power of the third rail has fizzled

    Social Security is no longer the threatening third rail of American politics. Until the reforms of the Greenspan Commission in 1983, politicians did not dare fiddle with Social Security for fear of being electrocuted by voters at the next election.
    Based on the Commission’s recommendations, Congress raised the retirement age and extended the solvency of Social Security for 75 years to 2058. Unfortunately they’ve been very short years. More reform is on the horizon, and Social Security has few champions.

  • Boys of summer, though it's still winter

    Fishing is not my favorite activity … actually, I’ve only been fishing once in my life, as a boy, caught some little fish up at Greenwood Lake, New York, watched him squirm, told my father to put him back in the water so he wouldn’t suffer, and never touched a rod and reel again.
    But I once had a fisherman describe the feeling the first time he went out in season, in the early morning on a peaceful lake, with nothing to concentrate on, except what he was doing. He said it was pure relaxation.