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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Batteries, wires not OK at school

    What kind of parents would let their kid bring a suitcase with batteries and wires to school? And why would they be shocked when the kid is arrested?
    Personally, I don’t care if the boy’s name is Ahmed or Joe Lunchbucket … he’s supposed to be smart, but he brings a suitcase as described above to his school. His teacher turned him in, and authorities were called and handcuffed him.
    Good for them.

  • Letters to the editor 08-07-2015

    Handicapped spaces
    Last week, Editor Jim Clark discussed the lack of enforcement of handicapped parking spaces in lots in West Marion County and suggested that maybe the volunteers in the COPS program could help solve the problem.

  • Baseball shows social media out of control

    Social media is a phenomenon sweeping the country, and has done so for several years. In many ways, it has had a negative effect on people in this country, especially the young.
    Some teen-agers would rather text or tweet their friends, although they may be sitting about 10 feet away. The art of conversation has been lost by many.
    But a more dangerous aspect of social media is that many things on there are posted without verification. That can cause unsubstantiated rumors to take on an air of credibility, even when they are not true.

  • Broadway a big hit at local theatre

    One of the songs in “My Fair Lady” goes, “Every duke and earl and peer is here; everyone who should be here is here.” During the just completed run of the Broadway show, with local talent, we hope that everyone who should have been there was there.
    My wife and I certainly were, our second trip to the Ocala Civic Theatre in a matter of a couple of months.

  • Letters to the editor 05-01-2015

    Freedom and responsibility
    Recently I sat thinking about the changes that have taken place in our culture over the past 50 years. I was reminded of something I wrote as a teacher when I began noticing the change in school classroom discipline: “When people possess self-discipline, there is freedom. When self-discipline is no longer present, government steps in and takes control.” That principle seems to apply from the smallest unit of society, the family, up through our classrooms, our communities, and our country.

  • If nothing else, pass the budget

    The Florida House of Representatives is like the little child who doesn’t get his way on the playground and decides to go home, walking off in a huff.
    The House adjourned with little warning on Tuesday, three days before the scheduled end of the regular March-April session. House leaders criticized the State Senate, saying that leaders there refused to negotiate when it came to the budget, the only thing the Legislature is required to do each year.
    The major stumbling block is the expansion of Medicaid.