• As we head into the holiday season, there’s a great program for veterans that needs some help.

    Last year volunteers raised money to take a group of Marion County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial. The cost to the veteran was $0. The cost for the Honor Flight was $45,000.

    Donations from individuals, civic organizations, churches, and businesses provided the funding to the make the trip a reality.

  • In America, we usually get the kind of government we deserve. In 2000, George W. Bush was elected largely because he was outwardly religious and, inexplicably, was the candidate with whom most of the country wanted to have a beer. In 2004, he was re-elected because he convinced gullible Americans that terrorists and gay marriage would ruin the country unless we voted for him.

  • Had there been no centrists at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, our nation would not have been born. Under the Article of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution, the 13 disunited states acted like cranky, independent nations. “In order to form a more perfect union,” a middle ground had to be found.

  • A big note of thanks!

    I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the kind people who helped me when I fainted in front of Sam's club Saturday, May 8.

    These kind people stayed with me until the EMS team arrived, thanks for your kind words of comfort.

    I also wish to thank the EMS team who were there so quickly and took me to the emergency at West Marion hospital, thanks guys, your were super.

  • This is in response to Ms Larson’s letter published in the May 7th issue.

    Ms. Larson seems to have a problem with the views of William Hagner published earlier. As I recall, Mr. Hagner’s primary complaint was with Mr. Beckner using “right wing” propaganda and opinion as facts in one or more of his articles. I believe Mr. Hagner stated the corrected facts with sources of his data. I do not recall his going into most of the areas that Ms. Larson seems to chastise him for. Actually, I had a bit of trouble following her logic.

  • Memorial Day, which includes all wars since the Civil War, is observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.

  • Every year when Memorial Day comes around, my thoughts turn to my Uncle Joe.

    Joseph Day Clark was a sergeant in the Army who was killed in France on July 14, 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day.

    He hadn’t been overseas that long, considering there’s a picture somewhere of him holding me, and I was only a little more than 6 months old when he died.

    They say that the impact of World War II touched everyone in some way, and here we are 66 years later, and it’s still affecting me.

  • How my response to a Robert E. Beckner column in the April 9, 2010 Citizen evoked a regret from D.I. Larson for not having been married to Daniel Boone puzzles me. And, I find her book offer insulting since she knows nothing about my background or my knowledge of history.

    My letter was intended to take Mr. Beckner to task for playing fast and loose with the facts and stating undocumented opinion as if it were fact. I further commented on how the vitriolic nature of such rants contributes little to the national dialogue.

  • Very early this morning I had a revelation that begs to be shared with every member of this Christian nation.

    For no reason whatsoever this line popped into my mind.

    “And deliver us from evil. Amen”

    It is a safe bet that quite a few Americans are familiar with this line.

    If you believe in the power of prayer, perhaps, now is the time to start saying this prayer several times a day. Or, any prayer of your choice.

  • We, the members and officers of the Ocala 40&8 veterans group, are happy to report that we have many new members joining us and that will surely help further our program goals.

  • It was back in the mid 1980s that a doctor in Tacoma, Washington, wanted to raise funds to make people aware of the fight against cancer.

    He was a marathon runner, so he took to the local track and ran around it for hours, getting pledges for funds as he did so.

    Thus, the Relay for Life was born.

    The activity has spread across the entire country. Indeed, we have several right here in Marion County.

    The last of the local events starts tonight (Friday) at Liberty Middle School.

  • An 85-year-old widow, living on a Social Security check, had her house seized and sold at auction last week. She had a villa in On Top of the World and could not pay her homeowners association fees. The monthly fees had increased from $115 to $397 over the 20 years she lived in her home. Her outstanding debt was about $8,000. The homeowners association initiated the foreclosure and a lawyer bought the villa for $100.

  • What is really happening in America? Obama canceled our 21st National Day of Prayer, “not wanting to offend anyone,” however held one for thousands of Muslims at Capitol Hill three months later. Does this suggest anything to you? To really know a person, you need to examine his friends, associates and his advisers, not just what he says and does. Where’s the media, other than Glenn Beck, to question the verifiable radical beliefs of his advisers, based on their own words? What direction are they taking us, does it even matter?

  • Somewhere along the line, somebody in charge gave sports teams and leagues permission to black out certain games to people who buy special packages. I’m not sure who did it, but I wish that person or entity would change its mind.

    I’m going through withdrawal symptoms today (Monday) after spending the last four days watching my Mets play the Florida Marlins, and being forced to listen to Marlins announcers the whole time.

  • What kind of country are we when we promote foreign leaders like Hamid Karzai, the illegally elected leader of Afghanistan, and also his brother, who is one of the biggest drug dealers in their country. No one in our civilian or military government trusts Karzi, who only supports America when it is beneficial to him. Why can't our military leaders see the tragic situation that they have put this country in by supporting a leader who is bad for their country as well as ours?

  • There comes a time when you have to go modern. I’ve always considered myself pretty good with computers, even at my age, and I have decided to take the next step.

    I joined Facebook.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Facebook, it’s called a “social media” site. You can post information about yourself, and people you know find you and ask to be your “friend.” If you approve, you two are linked somewhere out in cyberspace.

  • The present health care you don’t like, was written by a Republican president and a Republican Congress.

    Obama tried to change health care. I read his downloaded bill from the Government Printing Office and saw where Republicans told untruths about the provisions and the costs. The future health care is an unfortunate compromise created by Republicans. It is still better than the old plan that kills at least 40,000 Americans every year.

  • This “unique” concept is getting harder and harder to find in politics and the news media. Despite thousands of Tea Party rallies/functions/protests around the entire U.S. being held without incident, no racism, no violence, the opposition screams at every opportunity about these patriots. Cries of racism come from those who know better but are searching to find ways to discredit the Tea Party movement. Race has nothing to do with anything! The issues on the table are big government vs. small government, free markets in our capitalistic system vs.

  • Dig Dig. Shovel. Shovel. Whew! Up to my knees in new taxes, and I am only through the first 500 hundred pages of the HealthSCAM bill. Two thousand pages to go. Will I still be able to breathe when I have finished, or, will I be totally buried in taxes? If I am buried, I will no longer have a need for healthSCAM. What is the point of it all?

  • The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a veterans service organization. It is the largest of such organizations, as such your thoughts and your voice will be heard if you wish to bring them to anyone’s attention.

    The American Legion represents you and all veterans in protecting the rights and benefits of those who have served their country. They are very active in directing our needs, as veterans, to the VA and the VA hospitals.