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Today's Opinions

  • A procession of steps toward social democracy

    When asked if he had any political affiliation, humorist Will Rogers used to quip: “I am not a member of any organized party. I’m a Democrat.” If he were alive today, Rogers could claim membership in either of two disorganized parties.
    Republicans didn’t learn much from their disorganized politics under presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, which led to the Great Depression (1929-1939). During those three presidencies, Republicans controlled both houses of Congress (1921 to 1933).

  • wanted for prosecution: one groundhog

    When I was a kid, living up north, I always wondered how, on Feb. 2, some silly little animal in Pennsylvania could predict the weather.
    It was Groundhog Day, and supposedly if the groundhog saw his shadow and scurried back into his hole, there would be six more weeks of winter. If he didn’t see his shadow, there would be an early spring.
    The biggest celebration is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. In fact, a cult movie starring Bill Murray was made in 1993 featuring this festival and, indeed, a festival has built up around this holiday.

  • Letters to the editor 2-15-2013

    Health care action

    The 2013 Legislative Session begins in three weeks. Two weeks ago, the governor released his budget recommendations, which yet again contain cuts in payments to Florida hospitals for the care of low income families, children, the elderly and the disabled. This is just one of many challenges facing us in the upcoming Legislative Session. Yet, the biggest health care policy decision Florida faces was not addressed in the governor’s budget because that decision will be up to the Legislature.

  • Pope's resignation was a shock

    When I was a young boy in Catholic school, we sang a hymn, “Long live the pope his praises sound, again and yet again; his rule is over space and time, his throne the hearts of men.”

    The pope in those days was Pope Pius XII, and I always thought that Pius was a strange name, and it was even stranger that there had been 12 of them. Of course, he was followed by John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who is still pope today.

  • Letters to the editor 2-8-2013

    History lesson needed
    It appears the letter writer of “Outdated Amendment” is fanatically anti-Second Amendment. I don’t have a problem with him voicing his opinion about it, but I think he should have used facts. Instead he chose to use nonsense to try and make his point.

  • Immigration reform or just another amnesty?

    At this writing congressional lawmakers are reported to be “cautiously optimistic” about producing a new immigration law. That’s Washington talk meaning the effort could collapse if Congress or the White House has an ego tantrum.

  • Where is Exit 341?

    Quick now! On Interstate 75, where is Exit 341? Anybody? That’s what I thought.
    Electronic signs have popped up on all major east-west roads near the Interstate in the past couple of weeks, with large letters blinking at you: “Exit 341 closed 02/11/13.” Then it flashes to something about detours.
    To me, these signs prove one thing, that there is a major disconnect between government bureaucrats and the common man, residents such as you and me.

  • Letters to the editor 1-25-2013

    Smoke and mirrors
    Conservatives and liberals maintain an ongoing dialogue. Their ideas and opinions often differ - sometimes greatly - but they keep exchanging thoughts and ideas which allow them to reasonably debate one another’s views.