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Opinion

  • All right, here I am, the “new” editor of the South Marion Citizen. I just came here from the Chiefland Citizen, so at least I don’t have to change the way I answer the phone.

    Let’s get the important things out of the way first: There’s not too much about me that is “new.”

    1. I’ve been married for 44 years, and my wife and I have four grown children and 10 grandchildren, ranging in age from a few months to early teens.

  • People who worked every day of their adult life are becoming homeless.

    Families with homes who played by the rules are becoming homeless. Seniors facing foreclosure from a loss of income are becoming homeless. The young who’ve lost jobs are becoming homeless.

    The face of homelessness is changing and it grows without smile, but with shame. The embarrassment of not being able to take care of one’s self and needing help from others brings despair. Even some former business owners who once helped others need help.

  • The New England Journal of Medicine is of the opinion that most Americans agree that affordable drug coverage under Medicare has been needed for some time. But instead of a solution to a growing problem, Congress gave the country a prescription-drug plan that achieved few of its original goals.

  • Never get much done if you always start tomorrow!

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are.

  • Ask yourself if you are frightened for the future of yourself and your family under this president? American people have legitimate fears about where the country is headed and what it means for the future. The president flits here and there all over America as well as the world, using the American economy as his own piggy bank; giving out money to everyone or any country he wants, such as $900,000 to our enemy, “HAMAS,” so designated as a terrorist group by our own government. The same group that kills our Jewish friends in Israel with rocket attacks daily.

  • Remember, you were us once!

  • Friends of the Library

    July sale a success

    The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library want to thank the community for their support of the Friends Book Store.

    The community continues to provide gently read donated books that are sold at the Friends Book Store inside the Dunnellon Public Library at 20351 Robinson Road. Donations are accepted daily at the store during hours of operation (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) or donated books may be left in the bin outside the store any time the library is open.

  • In a few short weeks, those big yellow school buses will travel Marion County roads taking our students back to school. Already, area stores have moved their back-to-school displays to the front and center of their stores. Getting those students the necessary school supplies means a nice cash flow for them.

    Unfortunately, not every family has the money to dole out the necessary amount for those supplies. With this strained economy, many families are struggling just to keep food on the table.

  • It seems like we hear 24 hours a day of the importance of getting the administration’s National Health Care bill passed immediately. But there is no one bill yet to decide and no real figures have been given out by the government as to costs. They just deny it will cost Americans some $1.6 trillion as stated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

  • Aren’t we supposed to have at least two political parties? They go together, like a matched set. Can anyone imagine The Swamp without Pogo, Moo without Alley Oop, Dogpatch without Abner, a yin without a yang?

    So, how could Americans imagine a democracy without two parties? Our Founding Fathers in their wisdom realized that a one-party system sounded too much like a monarchy which was the kind of government that raised taxes on things like tea and crumpets. And we’ve already been there, done that.

  • A young child awakens early one morning to a fluttering sound coming from the blinds covering his bedroom window. He gets out of bed and notices what looks like a small bird flopping around on the floor. The child picks up the bird and realizes that it’s not a bird but a bat and releases it out the window. Weeks later, the child develops a fever, headache, and becomes disoriented and is admitted to a hospital. Tragically, he dies two days later from what doctors diagnose as rabies.

  • Whatever happent, act as if it were intended.

  • Marion County faces one of the greatest crossroads in its history as we confront tough economic times and work to meet the critical needs of our citizens. Indeed, a new day has dawned in Marion County, and we are moving forward with plans to improve services countywide. Admittedly, the start of my tenure as Marion County Administrator certainly had its share of controversy and publicity. Though we cannot change the past, we can learn and grow from it.

  • On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed HR 2454 known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The stated purpose of this bill was to slow down global warming by reducing carbon dioxides and other greenhouse gas emission. The bill was really an energy tax in disguise. At the heart of the bill was the Cap and Trade Scheme, that would severely limit the amount of energy derived from the three carbon-dioxide fuels of coal, oil and natural gas which are the sources of U.S. energy, some 80 percent, because they are the least expensive fuels available.

  • Health care

    in America

    The minority of Republicans are winning in their quest to insure that all American families do not have a guarantee of health care for the foreseeable future. The Republicans who control 23 percent of voting Americans are calling the president an obstructionist because he is not giving in to their elitist demands. Tax cuts for the rich and not providing health care to 40 million Americans is the Republican way of life and the majority should get used to it.

  • Does a week go by that we’re not requested to sign a petition to save some animal species or requested to donate towards some great animal cause like the whales, the great apes, the Pacific salmon, the wolves, the polar bears, etcetera, etcetera and so forth?

    All of these causes are very worthwhile, but in our zeal to make sure that everything is protected, we’ve forgotten one thing — us. Who is penning the petition or asking for money to save people? (Not including specific diseases.)

  • A young girl picking daisies opens one of the most infamous political ads ever devised. It is suggested her life is about to end violently and quickly as a nuclear mushroom cloud appears. President Lyndon Johnson intones, “These are the stakes! To make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die.”

  • Count them. There are 365 days in a year. Every four years we get another day for good measure. Each day has 24 hours. Each hour is made up of 60 minutes. Day in and day out, we all have 1,440 minutes a day to call our own, to do with them what we want to do – well sort of.

    Getting some shut-eye is always essential. So we lay down our little heads to sleep. A good night’s sleep takes eight hours, so say medical experts, scientists and moms.

  • Slowly the American people are beginning to wake up from the fog or stupor they’ve been in since the election of the president.