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Opinion

  • Today’s paper – front page: Health care reform: Lobbyists derail Obama’s efforts to curtail costs. ‘Most of the serious plans to fulfill Obama’s cost-cutting have fallen to organized interests, parochial politics.’ So Americans can die or go bankrupt as long as insurance companies and lobbyists are allowed to be rewarded for their unabashed and ungodly greed. America did not have a debt and deficit problem until we started cutting corporate and income taxes on the wealthy. Our system was not broken. It did not need to be fixed.

  • Bureaucrats in charge of protecting our endangered species may have put manatees at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in harm’s way.

    Officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have said most of the manatees that have made their home at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for decades must be released into the wild.

    The first two up for release are Amanda and Electra. Amanda has been in captivity for 36 years with the last 23 years at the park. Electra has lived in the park since 2008. She was rescued in 1998.

  • Scare tactics?

    I am writing in response to a recent letter referring to “scare tactics.” Yes, they are scare tactics and thanks goodness for Fox News, who tells the truth. If not for them, “Acorn” and “Van Jones” would not have been exposed, and let’s hope all the other guilty ones will fall also. The truth hurts, but let’s pray integrity and truth will be restored to this administration and the country. God Bless America!

    Phyllis Fischer-Smith

    Ocala

     

  • Despite how hard we want to change the subject from the president and his administration, you feel you just can’t do it because every day it’s the radio news, various newspapers, and numerous TV news reports, especially Fox, national newspapers and magazines. They all contain startling information as to what this man and his cohorts of very radical “Czars” are pushing in their new agendas on the America public. So you make the decision of what these anti-Americans are doing.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with many activities taking place nationwide.

    Big or small, these events will raise awareness of what only 20 years ago was spoken about in whispers, when many women were too embarrassed or simply unaware of how important it was to get any signs of possible breast cancer checked out sooner rather than later.

  • What are these people thinking, if they’re thinking at all?

    For the second time in three weeks we’ve had an arrest on the Corridor for someone drinking and driving with a small child (or children) in the vehicle.

    In both cases, deputies spotted the violations and kept the children safe while carting the drivers off to jail.

    The thing you worry about is that there are many more out there doing this who aren’t getting caught.

  • Every once in a while, I revert to a past life when I was covering things in the rest of the world and not only here on the Corridor. So please excuse me while I get a few things off my chest.

    David Letterman: We get it folks. He did something bad. He owned up to it. Now let’s move on.

  • Are we safe? Of course we aren't

    Have you heard the talk about anarchy? It’s usually followed by the question, are we safe? Then the answer is, of course not! This question rears its ugly head occasionally. For example, Robert D. Kaplan published a remarkable book, “The Coming Anarchy”, it was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1994 and it warned of a future without law and order. Today we think of Somalia, as an example.

  • If anyone cares, this might be a workable alternative redistribution plan.

    On a given date, time, and place, I will be standing hat (or hats, if needed) in hand to receive all the worldly wealth from all progressive liberals. That sounds like a fair and equitable plan.

  • Harold Meyerson reported that when asked in late July whether they believed Barack Obama was born in the United States, 93 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of independents said yes, but just 42 percent of Republicans agreed.

  • In the Sept. 18 edition of the Citizen, Mr. Beckner' column irresponsibly cited that this current occupant of the white house should be impeached. Hey Bob, it's not only going to scare Biden, most of the house, and senate, but any grounded and educated American citizen.

  • Out here on the Corridor we have lots of modern buildings, good living conditions for most, modern stores, etc. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Ocala and Marion County have been here a long time … a very long time.

    The Fort King Festival was the place to be for history buffs this past Saturday. It was at the McPherson Complex, a government-oriented area near the intersection of Fort King Street and Southeast 25th Avenue.

    Most of the displays were packed into one of the few shaded areas, all within walking distance of the Marion County Museum of History.

  • After hearing from the president for a year or so, one must come to the conclusion he is either extraordinary, politically tone deaf or arrogant beyond belief as indicated by his relentless pursuit of policies strongly rejected by the American people.

  • One of the things we focus on during October is fire prevention.

    We received a news release recently which showed that the majority of young children knew to call 911 in case of a fire, but a large portion of them thought you should call from inside the burning building.

    That’s one of the first things that all people should do in case of a fire – get out. Call from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house, but get out.

  • Beckner is really desperate for material he uses to denigrate President Obama.

    The open letter he found on the Internet, which he says was written by an acclaimed author and dynamic teacher, one of the world's leaders in change management, has absolutely no credibility because he did not identify the acclaimed author. Therefore, that letter can be nothing more than the personal opinion of an individual with access to the Internet who has myriad reasons why President Obama scares him.

  • I was scheduled for a blood test at my local doctor’s office on a Tuesday. I was scheduled at the same office for blood tests the following Monday.

    Seeking a practical course of action, I called and suggested we could combine the appointments and save some money. After all, blood is blood no matter the use for it once they get a sample.

    Nope, I was told. Could not do that. It was against the “rules,” inasmuch as my blood was needed for two causes, they could not be combined with one office call unless I wanted to pay for one out of my pocket.

  • You can’t be late if you have nowhere to go.

  • Sometimes, county officials get it right. That was apparent Tuesday at the opening of Fire Station 31, which is on State Road 484 not too far off State Road 200.

    The first thing they got right was the location. From its site on 484, the station can handle calls in various directions, most notably the State Road 200 corridor and west into Dunnellon.

    The station was not on the original 10-year plan for Marion County Fire/Rescue, but it was pointed out many times that the growth spurt of the southwest part of Marion County created the need for the new station.

  • About a month ago, in one of our columns it was asked if you were frightened of the future for you, your family and America, under the current president. It contained several reasons that might have made you feel that way. Some people still didn’t feel the reasons given were enough, so, since several callers asked for additional reasons, I have tried to comply with the following.

  • Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of doctors and received prescriptions for a lot of medication.

    What usually happens, though, is that the insurance company wants you to get a 90-day supply and save money that way.

    It’s hard to tell, though, how many times doctors change a patient’s prescription before the 90 days is up, resulting in leftover medication.

    Being one of those people, I have those little prescription bottles all over the bedroom, some going back years.