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Opinion

  • Everybody is analyzing last week's election results, and a lot of those people are much more familiar with the candidates, especially on the national level, than I am.

    But the one bit of the election that I did an awful lot of research on ahead of time was the choice of amendments on the Florida ballot.

  • The most prevalent word on my caller ID at home during the past few weeks was “unknown,” as political calls of every ilk invaded my privacy and left me with recordings that made no sense, especially when you only listen to the first six words or so.

    Amid all the other silliness that ended Tuesday with the elections, that’s just one of the most annoying things about politics in this state and nation.

  • This Sunday, the twice-a-year chore that befalls most Americans has to be done.

    The clocks have to be changed.

    By now everyone around here knows it’s “spring forward, fall back.” That means that at 2 a.m. on Sunday (you have permission to do it Saturday night) you turn your clocks back an hour.

    It also means you get an hour’s extra sleep that night, reclaiming the hour you lost last spring.

  • America In total gridlock

    By the time this article comes out, the mid-term elections will be over and maybe we will be way over the hill. If, as predicted, the Republican Party wins as many seats in the House and Senate as projected, this country will slide farther down the world of nations reliability standard.

  • People a lot smarter than me are flooding us with Halloween safety tips. Here are some we’ve picked up off the Internet.

  • Up north, the leaves have changed.

    Out west, there is snow in the higher elevations.

    Football is replacing baseball in the national sports consciousness.

    In Florida, the mornings are crisp and cool and the afternoon temperatures are bearable.

    And on many street corners, people are holding signs and waving at you. That can mean only one thing.

    It’s election time.

  • It seems that no matter what party is in charge in Washington, they’re going to get hammered. In essence, they’ll be accused of about everything that’s not right. For example. Iraq wasn’t right under Bush now Afghanistan isn’t right under Obama. Well, you’re right neither one was/is right.

  • Last Saturday on the downtown square, Rick Scott and other Republican candidates brought the statewide campaign for governor to Marion County. There were some things that stood out, that we feel have to be brought to the attention of the people.

  • Job performance information about Congress and federal bureaucracies is considered top secret, purportedly to spare delicate citizens from unnecessary stress.

    In reality Washington is more concerned about unnecessary embarrassment.

    Despite best efforts to keep voters in the dark, an ongoing parade of scandals and disasters reveal that our politically preoccupied Congress and some elite bureaucracies don’t do the jobs for which they are handsomely paid and pampered.

  • Americans seem to have the shortest memory and attention span when it comes to politics and those that are trying to provide and protect your future. When it comes to elected officials, whether in local or national elections, we seem to close our eyes and our minds to what is happening to our state and our country and who is actually trying to help us.

  • Cross at green, not in between

    There used to be a public service commercial on television, many years ago, which urged people to “cross at the green, not in between.” It referred, of course, to an anti-jaywalking campaign.

    That’s what we need in this area.

    I almost hit a couple of people the other day. It was semi-dark early in the morning, and I was headed west on Silver Springs Boulevard approaching the downtown area. To the left of me was a big tank truck.

  • Who are we? Which of these groups do you identify with as being the ones who love their country? If you do nothing else, look at some pictures taken both during and after these rallies and see which one is extremely radical. Our President supported the latter, and this should tell you just how he views America. He admittedly paid no attention to 8/28. Despite being a much larger crowd, there was NO trash left behind to be cleaned up at taxpayers’ expense by the former, just look at the mess left by the latter.

  • Yes to Amendment 4. No to lies!

    At last, there’s something the Tea Party, progressives, and others can agree on. It’s a first step in restoring democracy to this state. It’s called Amendment Four (A4).

    But Florida’s Big Sprawl Industry wants us to think otherwise. Why not? They now control state and local government. Why would they want to surrender power to—of all people—regular citizens?

  • Mistrust of local and state government is the message in referenda 4, 5, and 6 on the November ballot.

    If passed, referendum 4 would permit a community vote on objectionable changes to comprehensive land use plans. Local governments brought this on themselves by treating comprehensive plans like temporary menus that can be changed whenever they no longer suit the appetites of developers. Referendum 4 is not a great idea, but sometimes it becomes necessary to hit the donkey with a 2x4 to get its attention.

  • Liberals blast conservatives for saying “no” to government programs that are designed to transform our nation. I wonder how they ever disciplined their children, attempting to teach them right from wrong if they were afraid to say no when they were doing something that was wrong.

    Don’t play with fire, you may get burned! Don’t spend money you do not have! Don’t take things that do not belong to you! Don’t have someone else do your homework! Don’t talk on the phone or text while driving!

  • Thank you Lord. Thank you for the party of “no.”

    The wheelbarrow I purchased to take all the super inflated money to the grocery to purchase a loaf of bread, is thankfully still in the corner gathering cobwebs.

    If the party of “no” fails to regain control of this nation, I shudder to think of the consequences.

    With investments paying less than 2 percent now, what will happen in six years when the party of “yes” prints even more Monopoly money?

    Perhaps, we will be paying banks 2 percent, or more to take our money.

  • Let’s look at a proposal of a rock quarry by Counts Construction in Irvine, Marion County. Two hundred to 300 people from the area came out to protest this. The commissioner for this district excluded himself from the final vote. Was this so he did not have to listen to citizens’ interest or was it for petroleum interests with the construction company? The proposal was passed and went to Tallahassee.

  • Modern technology is wonderful, except when it scares the heck out of you.

    This week I was filling in at our Williston newspaper, my former home paper, in between getting the South Marion Citizen material put together.

    That meant extra traveling. My car is only nine months old, so I wasn't worried about driving between the two offices, providing I could avoid the West Port High and Williston Elementary school zones.

  • The tragedy of breast cancer goes far beyond the thousands of lives it affects and ends every year.

    What makes the diagnosis of the disease especially heartbreaking is the fact that breast cancer is treatable.

    With that in mind, a lot of people are turning to pink to remind everyone that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • To All informed citizens: Vote “no” on Constitutional Amendment # 4. This amendment is better known as ‘Hometown Democracy’. The name sounds warm and cozy, like something you’d probably be quite comfortable with in your town, right? Well it’s neither! The reading of this amendment is misleading to say the least. The plan has been tried in St. Pete and has been a complete disaster. It has resulted in lawsuits, mounting legal bills for taxpayers and a complete a standstill on development! Why? You ask.