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Opinion

  • When working for a

    company meant something

    Does anyone besides me remember when you worked faithfully with a company for 30 or 40 years and they took care of you for life?

    They appreciated your loyalty to the point where every employee received a decent wage, good working conditions, paid vacations, health benefits and a retirement system that followed you and your spouse to the grave.

  • Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day. Though it is not a standout in the hierarchy of American holidays, Flag Day has a history, traditions and still attracts a share of support.

    Unfortunately for Flag Day, it splits the hectic days of early summer between Memorial Day and 4th of July. It is overshadowed by graduations and runs up on Father’s Day.

    In these busy times, Flag Day can easily pass unnoticed. And falling on a Sunday (this year) doesn’t help.

  • As indicated last week, today, you’ll find some additional pieces for the puzzle of what the current arrogant administration is achieving in their efforts to destroy our America. Simply put, America is staggering under the weight of trade deficits, too much domestic debt and a Congress and a White House that is continuing to write checks on the public’s checkbook.

  • After the huge tax cuts for the wealthy by Reagan, they became much richer while most workers lost income. The so-called filter-down and ‘voodoo economics’ along with huge deficits added more to the national debt than all previous presidents combined. It created a false economy, which Bush Junior revived, in order to outdo his hero, once again creating more national debt than all previous presidents combined, and enriching the wealthy with even larger tax cuts.

  • Some wag observed recently that the way we’re running the federal budget, in a few years all we’ll be able to afford is a nation of senior citizens on Social Security, protected by the best army and navy in history. Not funny.

    President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act (SS) in 1935. The program required payment of one cent per dollar up to a maximum contribution of $30 each for employee and employer. The first benefit recipient started to receive a monthly check of $22.54 in 1940.

  • Not the way

    to fix the budget

    I read in the paper recently that the State of Florida’s budget reveals a broken system in establishing their expenditures for the year. The way that the Florida State legislature is trying to fix our budget shortfall is like a doctor arriving at a train wreck with a single bandage.

  • Republicans went from riding high in 2000 to walking home from the 2008 election with holes in their souls. They can’t blame the economy for their misfortunes. They had the power and they made the mess.

    Project GOP renewal is under way on several fronts. The Republican National Committee (RNC) appointed former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and TV tough guy Michael Steele, to be its new chairperson.

  • If swimming is slimming, why are whales fat?

  • President Obama inherited failures that were monumental. The blood of thousands of our men and women was shed for lies and geld. The President has some of the best minds at work to get us out of the trillions of dollars in debt that the seven-year war in Iraq has cost; a country invaded on a lie. Polite words for torture do not fool anyone. The lawyers, who gave their opinion on (rendition?) that ‘enhanced interrogation’ was legal, should be disbarred. Hopefully we have moved on from the fear-mongering ditto-heads of the past and are trying to mend the mistakes that were made.

  • It’s time to take action. The official start of the 2009 hurricane season was Monday, June 1 and it will be with us through Nov. 30. If you’ve been around a while, you know hurricane season used to expire in October. That was bumped up to mid-November and finally the end of month.

    So it’s a long siege, and will seem like a long time to keep that extra food, water and battery supply on hand. But a few precautions now can help eliminate or at least reduce worrying and those frantic last-minute trips to the store.

  • Some of you will remember, in earlier times, when something exciting or important occurred, the newspapers would put out an “extra” edition and paper boys would stand on the corner and holler “extra, extra, read all about it.”

  • A grand jury report on the hiring of Marion County Administrator Lee Niblock by Marion County commissioners makes it clear our elected officials and county staff should conduct business of the county in an open forum.

    The eight-page report, released by the grand jury, indicates they were unable to find any actual communication between commissioners about hiring Niblock to the county’s top job. No charges of criminal conduct are coming. What the grand jury found, though, was the intent of the Sunshine Law had been ignored.

  • Washington thrives on creating confusion. The Bush and Obama Administrations have thought closing the Guantanamo Detention Camp (Gitmo) a good idea, but neither offered a compelling reason.

    Gitmo became necessary because none of our European allies wanted to take a bunch of bad guys, even at our expense. Their self-serving attitude hasn’t changed since World War II, when we had to bring more than 430,000 POWs to the U.S. because our European allies wouldn’t take them then. either. 

  • A divided nation

    Many of our leaders throughout history have told us that as a nation, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

    There is no doubt we are a seriously divided nation. How did we get in this deplorable state?

  • What do you call a political party that’s out of touch, doesn’t know it, has no leaders and wants to take the bat and ball and go home if you don’t play their game?

    The Party of Lincoln is immersed in its own Civil War. The Republicans have been whining so much on so many issues that people have stopped listening. It’s the same old story over and over again.

  • Over the years, Americans have had reasons to believe, and rightly so, that the federal Constitution is the cornerstone of our system of government.  It has been the final arbiter of law questions.  As such, it divides the federal government and the states and with this power it places various limitations on what each of the state governments can do.

  • Who should we support? 

  • In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogant or jingoistic. Some people even use it as a political weapon: “Don’t question my patriotism,” they say. Yet, this Memorial Day, and every other day for that matter, we should remember that those who died for this country are the true patriots.

  • Excuse me!                            

  • For reasons they would prefer not to discuss, politicians and bureaucrats become addicted to failed ideas. The so-called “war on drugs” is an example of political obsession – clinging to a bad idea, no matter how long it fails.

    We do not mean to denigrate the efforts and sacrifices of those who have served valiantly in the trenches. They are fighting a problem that continues to get worse and has no conceivable end.