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Opinion

  • Clock is ticking

    for America

    President Obama and his financial advisory team, the Treasury Department, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve, recently conceived a plan for the government to join with private investors and create a fund to buy up an estimated $1 to $2 trillion in defaulted mortgages and derivatives from these mortgages that banks own but are unable to collect on or sall.

  • Take time to hear state

    band and solo competitions

    I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo and Ensembles to be held at West Port High School in Ocala March 30 through April 1.

  • Can you imagine what the Corridor would look like if every single business turned purple for a day? And if every single customer were wearing some color of purple?

    Purple billboards, purple signs, purple balloons.

    Employees could wear purple shoes, ties, shirts or dresses.

    Purple bows could adorn the heads of little girls.

    And don’t you think that life would be a little better for at least that day with spirits high and the community joined in a common purpose?

  • It seems that wherever you turn these days the news is bad. We are at a unique moment in history. We find ourselves in the middle of two wars and an economic crisis. The decisions we make in the coming days, weeks and months will shape our nation for generations to come.

    We must break out of the division that our people seem to be in. Have we truly lost our way? Our economy, once celebrated as a guarantor of freedom and prosperity, now seems corrupted by greed, materialism and uncertainty.

  • In the early days of The Great Depression, Congress passed a number of pieces of regulatory legislation to put a leash on the financial industries, particularly the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. The primary purposes were to separate traditional banking from investment banking and to control speculation.

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 collapsed a long orgy of speculation. Our current crash of just about everything will replace the Great Depression as the new textbook on total speculative bust – stocks, banks, financial services, brokerages, and insurance companies.

  • ­There are those who are embittered still by what happened to Al Gore during the aftermath of the 2000 election and the unwarranted interference by SCOTUS.

    There are others who aren’t too pleased with Mr. Blackwell of Ohio — they seem to feel that the mess we see stretching so far ahead that it fades from view, started in 2000 and worsened in 2004.

  • Among the many oft-quoted writers and philosophers,  two politicians’ quotes are most frequently used: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

    On May 24, 2006, Diana Irey, a Republican candidate who ran against Rep. John Murtha, said at a news conference that Murtha’s comments and actions “are not that of a patriot but serve to aid and comfort our enemy.”

  • In a Ponzi scheme, high rates of fictional income are paid to participants from money being received from new customers. As the pyramid gets bigger, the schemer has to hustle twice as fast to keep up payouts and maintain an appearance of being a successful investor.

    Charles Ponzi was an Italian immigrant and lifetime con man whose name has been used to characterize pyramid frauds since the 1920s. Ponzi served prison time in Canada, New England, Georgia, and Florida, but managed to keep on running like the Energizer Bunny. 

  • We have a water crisis. And an economic crisis. And an unemployment crisis. And now, sad to say, we have another problem to face: the scam crisis. Make that plural. There are many scams out there.

    In addition to the Madoffs and the Ponzis and the fly-by-nights that drive through neighborhoods paving driveways and repairing roofs with inferior materials, our local officials are bringing to our attention newer scams that could affect many in our community.

  • As more Americans lose their jobs and the overall economy gets worse by the day, you hear over and over, please don’t stimulate us anymore we can’t afford it! Our government is continuing to follow the pattern of the past number of years where our nation spent for things it couldn’t afford with money we didn’t have.

  • I must be getting older . . . I feel my corns more than my oats!

  • Economy needs

    to be restarted

    President Obama has been in the Oval Office about two months and he continues to generate some interesting numbers. Most of them have a dollar sign in front and a lot of zeros behind.

    As required by all members of Congress, Obama had previously declared his net worth as $1.3 million. He spent $235 million to beat Hillary for the Democratic nomination and $760 million to beat McCain for the presidency. That’s $995 million for his 2008 campaign.

  • “We really have to start working on our water problems!”

  • One man’s stimulus is another’s pork

    This $800 billion stimulus package is a bridge to nowhere. The question most heard on the television is, “Where are the jobs?”

    Millions of dollars for Planned Parenthood, free condoms for poor people, $200 million for Filipino war veterans and a few million dollars more for a new palace for Homeland Security. And how does that create jobs?

    What we have here is politics as usual. Were you expecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor?

  • He is in many ways the most gifted demagogue ever bred on these shores.

    No bolder seditionist has moved among us — nor anyone with a surer, swifter access to the dark places of the mind. Then he discovered Socialism.

    Soon no man was closer than he to the center of American consciousness or more central to the world’s consciousness of America.

  • Conservation has stronger connotations these days than ever before. The word is used in conjunction with just about every aspect of our lives.

    Locally for example, the water management district tells us to conserve water because Marion County, along with the rest of the state, is experiencing a serious drought.

    We’re told to conserve our water usage – don’t water our lawns as often as we used to, and we’re warned to be alert to other ways of conserving water – like fixing dripping faucets.

  • Up until World War II, Washington, D.C. was a political, cultural, and economic backwater. Except for ambitious politicians and lifetime job seekers, most Americans worked and lived in the real world of elsewhere.

    Over time, fumes from the Potomac River infected Washington politicians and bureaucrats with a peculiar sense of uniqueness. They became unable to “get it.” The infection is highly contagious, has a wide range of symptoms, and has no known cure. One of the worst effects is premature memory loss.

  • I recently gave a description of “socialism” that I obtained from a dictionary. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to several individuals on the subject and the thing that frightened me was the fact that so many of these people stated they did not know anything about socialism or that it was going on right here in the U.S. Some politicians on all levels are trying their best to subvert our form of government, taking away our sovereignty.

  • The most wonderful things about the State of Florida are its proximity to the planet sun, the convenience of a bank and a pharmacy on every block, a reasonable cost of living, and lots of taxes from tourists.

    It’s a rare election which doesn’t include at least one opportunity to raise or lower taxes on residents. Reductions are greeted warmly. Proposals for new or additional taxes are usually voted down. It’s sort of a cultural thing.

  • Many World War II veterans have traveled to our nation’s capitol to personally see the World War II memorial that was completed in 2004.

    Cost of such a trip has prohibited some veterans from making the trip.

    A group of people in Marion County, Honor Flight Marion, is working to help all World War II veterans see the memorial in person. Marion is home to about 4,000 veterans, many with serious health problems, so this project is quite an undertaking.