• Thank goodness you finally printed an article such as “Constant negativity needs replacement.” Much more needs to be published regarding positives along with solutions to our current problems. I, as well as others, have stopped reading Robert Beckner’s and D.L.’s articles.

  • Recently, the Tea Party tried to reach every church in Marion County, and ask that pastors remind their parishioners to vote.

    A reader became quite perturbed. A rather strong protest was printed in the paper.

    Since then a couple of stories have emerged to highlight the notion, that even religious people have the right to their opinions, and to vote, and to appeal to God. Deliver us from evil. Amen.

    “The Pastor with Guts” has made the E-mail circuit. Minister Joe Wright addressed the opening of the Kansas Senate with a blistering prayer. A must see.

  • When we talk about preventing scams, there is one segment of the community that usually doesn’t receive any publicity.

    It’s the bank teller or store clerk that gives an elderly person a bunch of money or enables them to wire thousands of dollars in cash overseas.

    Some might feel that it’s an intrusion on privacy, but we would urge all cashiers and tellers to politely ask questions when someone elderly suddenly withdraws a large amount of cash, or shows up at a store’s customer service counter with that cash to wire overseas.

  • There are many similarities between independent fishermen who work on the Gulf of Mexico to provide a way of life for their families and American factory workers who provided goods and services to the world.

  • I have debated with myself for some time as to whether to write a letter to the editor, but the ongoing negative tone of many of the articles in the South Marion Citizen have caused me to at least make you aware of another point of view that is important in these challenging times.

  • You don't have to go to sea for 45 years as I did to know that territorial waters no longer extend out to three nautical miles from a nation’s shoreline. You just have to read more.

  • It was some time back that I received an e-mail from someplace in Europe, telling me that I had just won the lottery.

    Naturally, I was overjoyed. Maybe my wife and I could coast a little.

    Of course, the euphoria lasted only a couple of seconds. I said to myself, “Wait a minute. I don't remember entering any lottery.” Of course, I hadn't, and of course, it was from someone wanting money to process my “claim.”

    Scam rule No. 1: You can't win a lottery that you don't enter.

  • Rick Santelli said it in a most dramatic fashion (as he gesticulated and yelled) on his video clip. Boy did he say it. I heard him loud and clear.

    Now, it might be a good idea for the rest of us to pick up the pace, and take it to the next level.

    Over, and over, and over. Louder, and louder, and louder.

    They cannot hear us in D.C. It is as though no one has said anything. The spending goes on, and on, and on.

  • During these days of budget cuts and shortfalls, it’s hard to take a position in favor of spending money.

    In this case, though, we feel it’s justified.

    The Freedom Public Library, part of the Marion County system, needs more room.

    For some time now, patrons of the library have been asked to sign a petition, telling the county commissioners that more space is needed.

    On July 12, the County Commission will hold a budget session during which library backers are expected to present that petition to commissioners.

  • Readers’ Choice contest recipient

    What a wonderful surprise when I received the phone call from Pauline (with the “smiling voice”) telling me that I won $100. My gratitude and an explanation as to how I spent it. I purchased two 6-foot lovely crepe myrtle trees to complement my landscaping. I even planted them myself. It was also my pleasure to meet Gerry Mulligan, publisher; John Provost, general manager, and editor Jim Clark. Thanks to each of you.

    Louise Lombardi

    Marco Polo I


  • I keep hearing and reading how President Obama's purported refusal to waive the Jones Act is adversely affecting the cleanup of the Gulf oil spill. There is actually factual information available relating to this subject, but unfortunately none of it is found on the sole source "news" outlet that is pushing this false claim. The facts are these:

  • Recently there has been an explosion of interest in the field of family history research (otherwise known as genealogy). Some could speculate that this newly found interest was fueled by the popular television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” where celebrities embark on personal journeys into their pasts to solve their family’s mysteries. Another reason could be the uncertainty of tomorrow’s future, economically and metaphysically.


  • This past holiday weekend highlighted one of my pet peeves.

    In eastern Iowa, a couple of horses broke loose during a Fourth of July parade and trampled a couple dozen people, killing one.

    Some of those injured were children who had run into the road to pick up candy thrown from a passing float.

    It was an unusual accident, and the type that doesn’t happen often across the country. But don’t try to tell that to the families who are suffering or mourning today.

  • I’m happy to hear the reason you love Ocala so much, just vote Republican next time so we can keep it this way. Isn’t it interesting to know that you enjoy living where we control, but I cannot live where you control. I left that liberal cesspool they call New York 27 years ago. We shall overcome this November. Because if we leave it up to people like you, it will become like all the other cities you lived in. In fact, I will pay for your ticket out of here.

    Vince Iorio



  • The liberals came out of the woodwork last week in response to some conservative editorials, including mine, which would be funny if not so sad.

    To realize we have that many in our area is a little scary until we get the numbers showing liberals make up only 20 percent of likely voters. I don’t know what country some grew up in, but they sure have a twisted view of our history and our founding fathers, including how they viewed our great country.

  • Here we are at the Fourth of July weekend, the final (alas!) holiday before Labor Day.

    For Americans, it marks the 234th birthday of our nation, the day when we celebrate freedom, the day when we remember the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

    It’s a day worth celebrating. We have some amazing freedoms in this country, with people allowed to say and do things that would get them killed in other nations.

  • William Wirt, of Richmond wrote a series of essays on the affairs in Virginia in 1803, titled “The Letters of the British Spy.” In the essay was a lengthy sketch of the present governor of Virginia. Wirt portrayed the governor as a man whose "mind was neither rapid or rich." He also described him as a man of sound judgment with firm character, but that the office he holds has been merely gained by the dint of application. Every new step which he mounts becomes a means of increasing his powers further, etc.

  • While most Americans recognize George Washington as the father of our country, few realize it was another man who was the father of the revolution, for he along with a few others planted the seed.

  • All America agonized with the U.S. soccer team in the World Cup, which had a tough time surviving in the tournament before falling to Ghana in the first game of the round of 16.

    The U.S. was victimized in the group stage by a couple of bad calls, but managed to make it through as the top team of the group before falling.

    Then on Sunday England was equally perturbed after the officials failed to recognize an obvious goal in its loss to Germany.

  • July 4th is the day on which we usually re-read our revered Constitution.

    Some citizens and organizations chew on constitutional questions as persistently as dogs chew on bones, without knowing whether the bone came from a meat market or a pet store. The separation clause in the First Amendment is such a bone.