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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor 10-4-2013

    Andersonville
    Andersonville POW camp was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.
    The South had nothing to give their troops, much less these prisoners. There had been a prisoner exchange program and then the North cancelled it. Remarkably, Union officials, including President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton, refused personal appeals from five paroled Union prisoners from Andersonville in July 1864 to restart the exchange. The men had presented a petition signed by most of the prisoners asking for help.

  • Number, please? Not from these phones

    When I was a kid, and I wanted to make a telephone call, I would pick up the receiver and immediately hear a voice say, “Number please.”
    She (it was always a she) took the number and made the call for you.
    Then eventually we progressed to a phone with a circular dial on it, and you could dial the number directly without speaking to anyone.
    I do know that New Jersey, where I lived, was the first location to be assigned an area code. Area codes, and subsequently dialing 1, virtually eliminated the operator.

  • Would someone please buy the post office a map

    When you drive west (or south) on State Road 200, after you cross County Road 484 and you head toward Hernando, you pass Florida Highlands and Spruce Creek Preserve in Marion County before you get to the river.

    So ask yourself the question: What town am I in?

    You might think you’re still in Ocala, but according to the U.S. Postal Service, you’re in Dunnellon.

    That’s right. The city that is 12 miles west of SR 200 along CR 484 sprawls all the way down 200 … or at least that’s what the post office says.

  • Watch out for school buses

    Once again those big yellow buses are ready to travel the highways and byways of Marion County, taking children to and from school.
    Classes for public school students begin on Monday, Aug. 19. Some private schools have already started.
    Therefore, it’s time to review some of the most misunderstood traffic rules on the books in Florida.

  • Let's propose some amendments

    The voters of Florida made it a little harder, several years ago, to amend the state’s Constitution. To be sure, there are still amendments constantly being proposed and being put on the ballot, but now it takes a 60 percent approval vote to get them passed.
    This all came about after an amendment was passed to protect pregnant pigs. What’s that, you ask? Yes, pregnant pigs. If you weren’t here then, we’re not going to even attempt to explain it to you.

  • Sheriff lists accomplishments since he took office

    This item was submitted by Capt. James Pogue of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

    Since the inauguration of Sheriff Chris Blair, the Sheriff's Office has undergone extensive scrutiny and regeneration began. It started with the hiring of an experienced command staff which included Chief Deputy Fred LaTorre, Major Tommy Bibb and Major Don Maines: returning 134 years of law enforcement experience to the agency while eliminating the need to promote 16 current employees, resulting in a saving of approximately $148,000.

  • Message to the graduates

    This is a yearly column, updated with latest information.
    This is a big month for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.
    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • New texting ban is another farce

    Years ago, when the Florida Legislature, under pressure from the Feds, adopted a mandatory seat belt use law, they made it a secondary offense. In other words, police couldn’t stop you for not using a seat belt.
    They had to stop you for something else before you could receive a seat belt citation.
    Eventually, someone realized how silly this was, so they made it a primary violation. Now if you drive down the road without your seat belt hooked up, you can be pulled over.