• The Nov. 20 edition of the Citizen carried a theme which was palpable. You could assemble the letters to the editor along with Mr. Beckner’s column and find conjunction. The awakening has occurred, still it is not where it needs to be for real change, meaning the reacquisition of rights as originally fought for and won by the patriots of the American Revolution, the founders, and more significantly the people. Today it often appears that we have been dumbed down by the politicians and media. We are distracted and entertained, not empowered as before.

  • Last week we carried a story about safety on Thanksgiving with regard to fires. Then, just a day after our paper hit the streets, came a terrible story of a woman and her four children killed in a mobile home fire.

    The blaze happened as the father was away on a hunting trip.

    At this writing, we do not know what caused the fire. All we know is that five people are dead, a tragedy for the community, which is north of State Road 40 and west of 100th Avenue.

  • Many readers have lived through quite a few elections and it appears that the neo-Republican strategy is never to apologize; never to feel regret for all of the corruption, misguided policies and everything else they’ve done to diminish this country and the quality of life of the middle class that constitutes the majority. Never has it been heard “We’re sorry for what we’ve done.” And they’ve done a lot; not in a constructive, coalition building way but to further special interests and to cater to their districts and those who fill their war chests.

  • Can you imagine:

    No IRS and 16th Amendment?

    No filing individual income tax forms?

    No Social Security, Medicare taxes, etc.?

    No withholding taxes for employees?

    Paying taxes on just retail sales without retail prices increasing?

    Bringing offshore businesses back into the U.S. economy?

    There’s more.

  • Marion County Fire Rescue did a great job at our shopping center a few weeks ago. A fire broke out in one of the shops, and it was kept from spreading, which it could easily have done, through the roof.

    We were out of our office for a while because of it, but it was a “no harm, no foul” situation, since we were able to get away with no damage.

  • The Democrats were successful in getting their Obama care bill passed, in the middle of Saturday night, causing everyone to think it was a hard fought battle, because it passed by only five votes. Give them credit they know how to count their needed votes in advance, pulling the wool over all the so-called experts eyes. They simply destroyed the myth of the moderate democrat in getting the bill passed as they did, proving there never was such a Democrat.

  • In the Nov. 13 edition of the Citizen’s Letters to the Editor, you ran a letter titled “Understanding the Public Option.” In this letter, the gentleman seems to be convinced that the objection to the public option is only a Republican one, when, in fact, this objection is shared by 86 percent of all Americans, according to major polls. The government plan is not a partisan issue because it affects the lives of all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

  • Next Thursday is one of the days of the year when we have to reflect on what we have, instead of what we don’t.

    Too often we look at what we want, instead of realizing that, for the most part, we have a lot.

    The main thing we have is a freedom that many people in the world can’t even comprehend. We generally have the right to be ourselves, to decide what we want to do, how and when we want to do it, and who we can ask to help us or be with us, going wherever we want to go.

  • Do the math. If we take a mean of 30 million (from estimates of 12 to 40 million) uninsured, and break it into families, one husband, one wife, one child, we have 10 million families.

    If we take just the $500 billion savings from medicare, or the $500 billion in new taxes, we come up with a figure of $50,000 insurance premium per family. A little pricey, don’t you think?

  • Sometimes you just have to acknowledge certain things, so it is with great reluctance that I admit I’m caught up in the Sarah Palin soap opera.

    The former vice presidential candidate has been making the rounds to promote her new book, and so far I’ve seen her on various morning shows and on Oprah Winfrey, which means there must have been a blue moon, because that’s how often I watch Oprah.

  • How about a break from politics, backbiting, backstabbing, bowdlerized banality, lies, mendacity and blame like bread thickly laden with treacle? Health care for the masses? Can’t talk about that – it’s communism! That is unless Congress is covered for a pittance and then it’s business as usual. Public Option? Horrors! Do the detractors know that it is NOT paid for by the taxpayers – it’s paid by the subscribers, as is any health care plan?

  • Since 1992, Charlie Crist has served Florida as a state senator, an education commissioner, an attorney general and a governor. He is now engaged in a campaign to become our next U.S. senator. Crist has gained support and campaign contributions from numerous organizations and individuals within the state and was the odds-on favorite to win both the primary and general elections. Crist is opposed in his run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio, the former Speaker of the Florida House.

  • Last week, this column mentioned our Constitution and how the current president, administration and even Congress are just ignoring it. They act like they don’t have to pay attention to our Constitution, which was written to limit government, not something to be ignored.

  • Why is it that the Republicans don't understand simple English about the meaning of the term “public option?” Public option by definition simply means that the public will have an option in choosing their health care provider whether it will be a private insurance company or the government run health care option,

  • Real conservative voters of every party, all like minded individuals, thought the 2006 election results couldn’t have turned out worse. However, we were all wrong, since the 2008 election came along, it was without a doubt the most disappointing outcome in a generation. Hopefully, the 2010 election next year could be a completely different story, if true conservatives come together. I’m not talking about the “middle mushy” moderates who call themselves conservatives, but almost always end up voting the radical liberals AKA progressive line.

  • A site for veterans here in Marion

    Weeks like this make me wish my father was still alive.

    He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India Theatre. He lived in Ocala for more than 25 years before his death, but never got to see the finished Veterans Plaza in his adopted city.

    Last week I had the privilege of interviewing one of the men who made the “Honor Flight” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The work of the people who are making these flights possible is outstanding.

  • I want to thank the gentleman who came to my aid when I fell in the Publix parking lot in Canopy Oaks on Nov. 7.

    He was very kind to me. Also thanks to everyone else who helped and was concerned. God bless you all.

    Alice Cloyd



  • Roaming around Big Lots the other day in search of bargains, I noticed a man wearing a Texas Longhorn sweatshirt.

    In the past, such a sweatshirt would have gone unnoticed by me as I sought out deals on paper towels and mustard – but that was last month.

    And those days were before my last vacation and my new heightened awareness of the Texas Longhorns. You know the heightened awareness of tan-colored Toyota Camrys on the road after you purchase a new car of the same color, make and model. At that point, you see the same type car everywhere you go.

  • The nation will observe Veterans Day next week, amid what seems to be an increasing movement to honor and respect those who serve and have served in America’s military.

    With Central Florida being home to many veterans, in many communities we have the opportunity to get together with other residents and honor these veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at various events.

  • Staying awake is a challenge this week

    The deep sighs and yawns that you hear and see this week are largely coming from my office.

    Twice a year, I go through these periods where my body tries to ignore the clock. Strangely, it seems to happen just after the time changes from standard to daylight saving and back to standard again.

    Personally, I wish they would leave it alone.