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Opinion

  • JFK said, ‘Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.’

    Last week we were treated to two events wildly disparate but nevertheless enabling us to be lifted up with lightened hearts.

    How about those S.E.A.L.S? One would have to know something about scopes, snipers and sharp-shooting to fully realize what happened and the difficulties the feat presented.

    It’s not the easiest of tasks when the subject and the shooter are stationary.

  • A federal appeals court decision concerning a Palm Beach County student’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in school irks some well-meaning citizens and seems to befuddle school boards and administrators.

    We assume the interesting history of the Pledge is being taught in our public schools. The Pledge was composed by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist minister. It was recited for the first time in schools on Columbus Day 1892.

  • What’s with the Blue Dog Democrats? They are using all kinds of excuses to justify their treasonous behavior to the party. Don’t they realize that through their actions, these so-called Democrats are imperiling everything fought for?

    Or is it just another case of politics as usual.

    From what rooftop do we have to yell to get them to pay attention? It looks like they’re thinking about two years ahead.

    You don’t take over eight years of a disaster and expect it to change overnight.

  • In the midst of our serious recession, folks wonder why the yahoo days of capitalism are eventually followed by periods of economic calamity.

    Capitalism was recorded way back in Genesis (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold Genesis 13:2). And there have always been good periods and bad times (Genesis 41).

    Capitalists like Abram owned the private wealth necessary to produce goods and services people would buy.

    Skilled and unskilled employees work for capitalists. They spend their wages buying stuff made by other capitalists. 

  • Here’s my bill for aging an extra hour, plus $5 for my gas bill.

  • Thursday is the day. Next Thursday, April 16. Remember? It’s the day we hope that all of our readers will turn purple. It’s a time when both individuals and businesses can help raise awareness for the upcoming  Relay for Life.

    Put purple balloons on your business door – or purple lettering on a marquee. Paint your hair purple. Or maybe your grass.  Anything, to help turn the Corridor purple for the day.

  • It’s been a couple of months now since we got ourselves a new Democratic administration, so it’s about time we took an overview of the President’s campaign slogans of “change” and “hope”.

    In this short period of time we are already so deep into government intervention that constitutional objections are just swept aside. 

    The last Treasury Secretary brought the nine largest banks into his office and informed them that he was now their partner. 

  • Senior citizens like to spin tales about walking two miles to school and two miles home, in rain and snow, wearing shoes with holes, and over roads that were uphill in both directions. 

    Ignoring senior hyperbole, most Americans who completed eighth grade prior to World War II were culturally literate.  They were able to read newspapers and books, write understandable English, use pre-algebra mathematics, and discuss the basics of history, geography, and science.  There were no bilingual classes for those who came from non-English-speaking households.

  • My doctor charged me $150 to send me to a specialist.

  • Since the first of 2009 there have been rumblings that across the country, some newspapers are in bad shape, due somewhat to the recession, resulting in papers losing a lot of their advertising revenue.

    The main street media has been quiet, so most of this news comes from TV stations that say the public was scared about the economy, that the recession was bringing pain and the truth about public policy was what the citizens wanted, not partisan cheerleading. The public wants the unvarnished truth, as everything else doesn’t help people.

  • It begins

    with discipline

    One of our grandchildren (age 8), spending the weekend with us, made reference to her bad behavior: how she whines a lot.

    We assured her that she is not bad at all and that she never whines.

    “Oh, I don’t whine at granddaddy and grandmother’s house,” she replied, “it’s not allowed, but I do whine at home.”

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly they learn what is expected and what is not?

  • When the first Earth Day was celebrated 39 years ago on April 22, it was mostly an occasion for school children to learn a little more about growing things. Today, it’s more about making sure we have a place that will sustain growing things.

    Our oceans are over-fished, our land is over-used, and our earth is over-populated. Global warming may drastically change the way we live, and, indeed, even be able to live, if some forecasts come true.

  • With the current economic angst, the future is held in abeyance.

    It’s as if we’re being held hostage to the present without the ability to see over the horizon.

    There is talk about the future and it’s coming from surprising quarters. 

    It’s talk that embraces the prospects of war, only the source is not the Pentagon or the White House. It’s coming from those concerned with a ‘green’ revolution, the environmentalists.

  • There were a whole bunch of April fools in the AIG bonuses explosion.

    Citizens were fooled, because we aren’t told ten percent of what is going on in Washington. The only things transparent in Washington are secrecy and tomfoolery.

  • Want to find out how the stimulus dollars might affect you? If you are computer-savvy, you can find answers with the click of your mouse.

    Clicking on to the Web site, FlaRecovery.com, will enable you to see how state government is using the federal funds coming Florida’s way from the economic stimulus packages.

    Those dollars represent the hefty sum of $13.4 billion over the next three years. Some of the first of that money will be used in projects designed to keep Florida’s workforce working. 

  • An international Monetary Fund report said that America was headed in the direction of joining the underclass, leftist governments and inflation-plagued counties in the next year or two.

    We should ask ourselves; do we have sound governance or poor governance?  Sadly, examples of the latter seem to be proliferating.

  • Most Americans, rich and poor alike, have an unexplained fear of Socialism and link it to Communism.

    If Americans don’t like Socialism, that’s their business.

    If they don’t understand it, that’s their business too.

    But we all know what unbridled capitalism can lead to, don’t we?

    Behold the economic downturn and credit crunch we are all witnessing. Socialism is very well understood in Europe and among the most socialist of countries is, of course, Sweden. You never hear people screeching “those pinko Swedes.”

  • ‘Nothing is pork

    to a bureaucrat’

    Where to begin? I have read your editorial. With all due respect: Do I get a rebuttal?

    First: I am a pork-watcher. Second: Nothing is pork to a bureaucrat. No bureaucrat will ever just say “no” to any money. It is not his money he is spending.

    Why don’t taxpayers have the right to say where their money should be spent? That is the reason taxpayers are so upset. From a taxpayer’s perspective: this is pork.

  • Stimulus package

    for seniors

    After 30 years as a financial counselor, I am convinced the physical and mental health of most seniors is a direct result of their financial health.

  • I stopped lying about my age and started bragging about it.