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Today's Opinions

  • 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?”

  • Letters to the editor 3-30-2012

    Once is enough
    This applies to three important issues that face us today, beginning with the unfortunate incident involving Sgt. Bales in Afghanistan.

  • Don't call us and we won't call you

    No recent president has been able to down size government, because Congress and federal bureaucrats are in constant pursuit of new funding for lengthy shopping lists of so-called essential services. An example is the 2003 National Do Not Call Registry (DNCR).
    How could such a simple idea be so complicated that it requires 27 pages of explanations – basic information, definitions, subscriptions, renewals, downloading, and assistance? Answer: Requirements and regulations are the life-blood of secure federal employment and appeals for additional funding.

  • 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.