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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the editor 3-9-2012

    It’s not free
    Just because you don’t have to pay for it doesn’t mean it is free. Someone has to pay the bill and no, the Insurance Company will not end up paying for it either. Every expense the company has is covered by the income received (premiums from those of us who pay our way), and if the expenses rise, so do our premiums.
    The federal and local governments raise our taxes.
    So much has been made of the question of Catholic hospitals having to pay birth control expenses, and that is ridiculous.

  • Beware of an old scam that's starting again

    I have noticed an old scam that is starting again.

  • Adventures of a federal anti-fraud squad

    New initiatives to eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in federal programs are usually accompanied by expectations of significant savings just over the rainbow. Early performance reports however are subject to lengthy questioning by Congress as to why the new program isn’t accomplishing more – and faster.