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Today's Opinions

  • Debate noise: Eliminate the audience

    After staggering through the many debates on both the Republican and Democratic side, I think I’ve got it analyzed pretty well.
    The candidates are giving us name calling, finger pointing, constant insults, making disparaging remarks, etc. Each time the audience likes what the candidate says, they cheer wildly. If they disagree, you hear a lot of hissing and booing.
    These reactions bog down the debates, causing candidates and moderators alike to pause until they can be heard.

  • Christmas: Stores start early, finish early

    If you see a dozen or so drummers wandering the streets, you might want to see if you can lend them a hand. After all, recent events have left them trying to figure out whether the beat goes on.

    It’s very simple … the large retail stores, particularly the chains, have determined that the 12 days of Christmas no longer exist. They are now pretty much just the weeks before Christmas, and that’s it.

  • Letter to the editor 01-01-2016

    The Sunshine State
    Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but the governor and the state Legislature do not believe in solar power. Florida has more than 600 miles of beaches and doesn't believe in hydro power. Florida has a shortage in drinking water and will not invest in ways to desalinate the water surrounding our state to supply our residents with drinking water.

  • Relieve I-75 traffic, link Tampa, Jacksonville

    There’s a move afoot to help rectify significant traffic issues on Interstate 75. A group dubbed the I-75 Relief Task Force recently formed for the purpose of helping the state in addressing transportation needs.
    One of the considerations involves a road that many in Marion County don’t even know exists. It’s called the Suncoast Parkway, and connects the highway maze in Tampa to U.S. 98 in Hernando County.

  • A nice greeting from a young boy

    The other day, I was walking down the aisle of a bustling department store here in Ocala, generally minding my own business, heading for the area that had my interest.
    Approaching me in the opposite direction was a woman who had a boy with her. He looked to be about 8 years old.
    As we got close to one another, the boy looked up at me, smiled, and said “Merry Christmas.” I responded with a “thank you, Merry Christmas to you.”
    We both continued on our separate paths, never to see each other again.

  • Letter to the editor 12-18-2015
  • He was there all the time

    Some time ago, Dr. Lee Niblock announced his resignation as the Marion County administrator. He was accepting a similar job in Alachua County.
    That set the wheels in motion to replace him in the county’s top job.
    A lot of money was spent in a nationwide search, and the delays were many. Finally, commission members settled on some finalists, and from that group one man was chosen as the top candidate.

  • 'Do Not Call' lists are a farce

    Years ago, the federal and state governments established what is commonly called “Do Not Call” lists. You can add your phone number to a list, and telemarketers, etc., are not supposed to call you.
    Like so many other government programs, these are a complete joke.
    I get so many calls on both my home phone and our office newsroom phone, both of which have been on the list for quite some time.