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Opinion

  • Many readers will remember The Jackson Five featuring little brother, Michael. He was an exceptional talent and he definitely did entertain many; your writer loved the song about the rat, "Ben."

    Anyone who can write a tender, haunting song about a rat is someone special. But why is there this need to lay bare the personal side of his life in conjunction with its quirks?

  • Thank you

    Marie Munroe and family would like to thank any of her friends or Arnold’s for being there during this sad time in their lives. You know who you are. The kindness was very much appreciated. God bless all of you.

    The Munroe Family

    Bill vetoed by

    Governor Crist

  • To you, there’s a problem for every solution.

  • While there were more than 300 people interested in learning more about the name for a new county park, some others wanted to know what other activities for older youngsters could be added to the existing Liberty Community Park.

    During the Monday afternoon State Road 200 Coalition Meeting, resident Mary Morgan asked why additional facilities, such as baseball diamonds or basketball courts, have not been added at Liberty Park, on 103 Street.

    “Older kids need to have somewhere to gather without getting into trouble,” she said.

  • He’s so lazy, he learned everything from A to B!

  • A big battle is pending and from inquires made, very few people are aware of the “Fairness Doctrine” and what it means and controls, etc. So a little history, a short version will be helpful to all. As you will see, it’s a government-mandated speech and restriction on what you can listen to.

  • As Marion County residents enjoy summer activities, the Marion County Health Department is urging the community to be watchful of children taking part in water recreation.

    “Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death for small children,” said Carol Jubelirer, Marion County Health Department executive nurse director. “It takes as little as two inches of water for a child to drown, so adults should keep close supervision on children while they are in or around the water.”

  • Lest we forget

    Hamburgers! Hot dogs! Flags! Parades! Beaches! Parties! It appears this is the sum total of what July 4 means to many Americans. And, you?

    The beleaguered, oppressed Colonists stood up to the tyrant and said: “Enough is enough!” Remember the Tea Party? They are happening all over again today.

    When was the last time you actually read America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence? Did you grasp the seriousness of the charges? Did you understand that this document tells us precisely why America was birthed?

  • We learned, by way of Rush Limbaugh, that Mark Sanford’s sex scandal was President Obama’s fault. If it weren’t for the administration’s economic policies, the argument goes, Sanford would have been more optimistic about the future, wouldn’t have cheated on his wife, and wouldn’t have secretly left the country to see his mistress. Who can argue with airtight logic like this?

  • We are the people our parents warned us against!

  • Whenever politicians or talk show performers bloviate about the free-market economy, free-market capitalism, and free trade, it’s difficult to suppress the barf reflux. Large servings of BS (baloney stuffing) have that effect.

    Free-market evangelizing is power politics dressed up in patriotic terms intended to disguise government connivance in every aspect of our economy.

    The first free-market fast talk happened in America when Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island from the Canarsee natives for twenty bucks worth of Dutch-Mart costume jewelry.

  • Will we Americans continue to have a largely free market- oriented health care system or a government run system where politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. make the most fundamental decisions about how we enter life, how we leave it and how we are cared for when we are ill?

  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury for young people in America – and with summer upon us, more teens than ever are operating motor vehicles on our highways.

    In response, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has taken a laudable step and launched a parents’ section on its teen driving Web site at www.flhsmv.gov/teens.

    The new and improved site provides parents with useful information to help them teach their teens to become safe drivers.

  • Health care is and should always be a human right. It’s time the American people received factual information about the realities of health care and not the deceit and corruption pervasive in our current system; read “The Commies are coming – The Commies are coming.” This is the right of any citizen of the world – and no, it’s not expected to be free. How could it be?

  • One observance that took place last Sunday passed with very little fanfare. Of course it was Flag Day and the merciful end to the marathon NBA season, but it was also a day for some very local heroes.

    Sunday, June 14, 2009 was the celebration of World Blood Donor Day and the heroes who save lives every day. Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet — people who donate their blood freely and without any reward.

  • Rush Limbaugh used to be in conservative pig heaven. Several naysayers had re-turned to the fold and kissed his ring, asking for his pardon.

    Among them a congressman and the  head of the RNC, Mr. Steel to be precise, the former Maryland State official who  seemed to be unable to decide whether he was a democrat or a republican on his  first run for public office.

  • In 1945, President Harry Truman urged Congress to create a health care system which would provide hospitals for 1200 counties which had none, and make medical care accessible to 15 million people in rural areas. The American Medical Association attacked the idea as creeping communism.

    Twenty years later, during the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson, federal money financed the building of hundreds of hospitals and paid for the education of hundreds of doctors. Nobody com-plained.

  • You can’t fly like an eagle with those itty-bitty wings!

  • Some readers might think that it’s too early to be trying to expose the type of person that 54-year-old Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the President’s Supreme Court nominee would make if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is Hispanic which covers a lot of Spanish speaking groups, including both those from Mexico and Puerto Rico. This lady was one of six contenders for the Court seat. The President picked the most liberal, so this is just the first preliminary report.

  • Bigotry, hatred and racism

    still with us