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Opinion

  • You’ve got to love the inventive gall of Tallahassee’s privileged political class. Following a series of embarrassing scandals involving lobbyist gifts to state legislators, the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping gift ban in 2005 prohibiting state legislators, as well as the governor and other state officials, from accepting anything of value from lobbyists. Gone were the all-expense-paid trips, martini luncheons, dinner parties, personal gifts and other freebies.

    So the public was led to believe.

  • A challenge to

    free speech

    “Disagreeing with reasons to love Israel” Is a noble article by Janis Lentz. I am glad she exercised her free speech and did not remain silent. However, it would be interesting to know, if she knows that her free speech, might be being monitored? Also, in the very near future expressing such thoughts as this could be considered committing a crime.

  • The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a key event leading up to the independence of the thirteen British colonies in America. It wasn’t fun and games with posters and pops. The Boston Tea Party participants put their lives and livelihoods at risk.

    Dressed as natives, the Boston gang dumped a cargo of tea into the harbor rather than allow the appointed British governor to bring it ashore to be taxed and sold. The colonists were waging a dangerous, running battle of refusal to be taxed, because they had no voice in local government.

  • The Federal Reserve is a privately-owned and tax-exempt bank that is dominated by foreign bankers.

  • I want to share a little about the event that happened in the Ocala Town Square on April 15: the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already).

    If you missed the party (actually, there were two, one at noon and the other at 4 p.m.), you truly missed wonderful signs and sounds of peaceful democracy in action.

    The crowd of truly inspired American Patriots filled the air with their chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and “Repeal or Resign.”

    The shouts were so loud at times they could almost be heard in Washington, D.C.

  • A report from the office of secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that was leaked, has Conservatives up in arms to say the least. Read on and you’ll probably think every American should be worried about its content. The name of the report is entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”, a real mouthful. Without a doubt, it is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

  • At this writing Washington has spent $60 billion of the $787 billion of recovery stimulus money. The White House says it is pleased with the pace.

    Despite the slow start, Washington’s economic gurus say the stimulus is sufficiently established to inflate a recovery balloon any time now. We suspect they’re seeing tea leaves in their coffee grounds.

  • An ounce of doing is worth a ton of wishing.

  • When discussing something as serious as disease, it is helpful to know what certain words mean instead of throwing them around like confetti.

    Epidemic: An outbreak of disease that attacks many people at about the same time and may spread through one or several communities.

    Endemic: A disease that exists permanently in a particular region or population. Malaria is a constant worry in parts of Africa.

    Pandemic: When an epidemic spreads throughout the world.

  • While there has been some positive economic news on the national front and optimism out of Washington, our state and local economic outlook remains bleak.

  • FairTax could be

    our salvation

    I recently attended a TEA party on April 15 in Ocala. I was impressed by the turnout, the honking horns in support of the protesters and the angry but calm demeanor of the people. Everyone was there to show their displeasure with the unrestrained spending and oppressive taxing habits of Congress. It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation may be, the people know that Congress is out of control.

  • Fear is Dissonant

    We are all witnessing how the dissonance of fear is developing to disrupt change. There is a tone, a song of the universe that is playing for those who can hear it – but the discord of fear and paranoia is trying to drown that out.

    It is a matter of survival to pull back any energy from that and instead focus on generating peace.

    Calming the noise is our task – to quietly hum while others scream.

  • In trying to assess what’s really happening not only in Washington but around the country, it’s important to look at the manufactured “buzz.” 

    And often that means looking at the comments and remarks that don’t make it into the news or are buried on page 18 of Saturday’s New York Times.

    It is troubling that the Attorney General has not seriously addressed the many violations of the law sanctioned by the Bush White House.

  • “Today is the day to be decisive ... maybe.”

  • On rare occasions we indulge in frivolous observations for our own entertainment and that of our readers. Parade Magazine’s annual “What People Earn” feature offered an opportunity to frivol a bit.

    Parade’s income report offers a temptation for average folks to indulge their envy of celebrities’ earnings. It isn’t exactly class envy, because celebrities aren’t a class, and many of them don’t have any class. What they do have are agents who know how to negotiate big contracts.

  • Postal rates for first-class mail will go up May 11. In preparation, the U.S. Postal Service is encouraging the purchase of “Forever Stamps.”

    A Forever Stamp purchased today at the current price of 42 cents a stamp will mail a one-ounce letter this year, next year, every year — without additional postage.

    For the majority of us who have an accumulation of several types of stamps with varying first class rates and another group of one-cent and two-cent stamps to add on to those to make them usable, the Forever Stamp makes sense.

  • The Relay for Life for our part of Marion County is set for next weekend, May 1 and 2. Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this event.

  • We haven’t spoken about Social Security and Medicare for some time now and in the face of our nation’s economic crisis and the results that the huge federal debt is going to have on our future, we should all have a deep concern over this situation.

    America has racked up an unprecedented federal debt of more than $11.1 trillion and deep budget cuts are inevitable.

  • Not correcting a mistake is a bigger mistake!

  • Great American

    Tea Party

    Despite liberal media articles to the contrary, more than one million Americans participated in more than  800 different Tea Parties throughout the U.S.A.

    I was honored to be one of the attendees at the noon Ocala party which was a resounding success.

    It wasn’t a Republican party; it included all parties made up of Americans who still honor individual freedom, responsibility, free enterprise, and limited government with accountability.