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Opinion

  • “I almost went blind this morning ...

    I left the spoon in my coffee cup!”

     

  • And does it matter? It is easy to ignore what is happening in the rest of the world until it comes back and smacks us in the face. It seems that this is what happened a couple of weeks ago as most Americans celebrated President’s Day.

    Consider that our troubles have been portrayed as going from Wall Street to Main Street, but that doesn’t begin to outline the problem. No one had thought that maybe it might also affect the Ginza or countless other sections of the world.

  • Sometimes in life we get an opportunity to “put a shot across the bow” of someone, usually a politician, and hopefully be able to do so in a somewhat humorous way. We can do this because it’s America and we are each entitled to our own opinion, to the left, right or wherever. This shot is centered on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, not one of my favorite people.

  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That definition, attributed to Albert Einstein, has been used a great deal lately. Did the Democrats win the battle and lose the war, or vice versa?

    Here’s what we as a people know – the Democrats have a strong majority in the House and a reasonably filibuster-proof presence in the Senate. Yet it feels as if they won a Pyrrhic victory. Did they win the election and lose the war? Or have they made one small gain and lost an advantage?

  • Are the bank bailouts and the stimulus plan going to bring back carefree days of easy money? We don’t think so. Even the Walt Disney Company couldn’t reproduce the economic fantasy of this decade.

    Stated bluntly, governments, consumers, banks, and businesses are over their heads in debt. Piling on trillions in additional debt isn’t going to cancel the consequences of our long orgy of spending more than we earn and produce.

  • What an exciting time to be alive. Large buildings, (such as churches, hospitals and schools) have adequate space on the roof (or on the property) to generate sustainable solar energy – enough to supply the needs of the organization, and to also supplement the needs of the community. The mission of FUSE (Faiths United for Sustainable Energy) is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act on the increasingly harmful effects of our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. You may learn more about the organization by visiting

  • We seem to hear more and more the word “socialism” being bandied about but no real effort by our administration, Congress or the business community to refute what has been said by those who are all for America being turned from a Republic and all our capitalism benefits, to their favored type of government destroying America.

  • “Funny, I don’t remember being absent minded.”

     

  • An empty warning  – or does

    the president mean business?

    President Obama has warned the mayors of our larger cities not to waste the stimulus money that is being given to them to boost the economy in their areas. I must ask the president what he means in his warning when he gives our money to the independent mayors who want to please their constituents by spending this money on them.

    Which wrist will be slapped because of these expenditures, the left or the right?

  • The super majority of the Board of County Commissioners made a tough call in tough times at the last meeting Feb. 17. Approving a nickel per gallon gas tax that will dip into the pockets of all who drive, would take political courage in the best of times.

    But Marion County has a rough row to hoe if it is to catch up with its transportation infrastructure needs. Even though the brakes have been applied to growth by still-inflated real estate prices and an economy that is running out of gas, the county is trailing in its road building and upkeep.

  • Our Senate members are trying to reach some kind of a compromise with Democrats over how many billions of dollars to agree for an obscenely, massive, social, political or “spending” bill, (not a stimulus or bailout) due to the false pretense of calling it a job creation bill. Also, hundreds of millions more ($650 million) being proposed for climate change “research” under the dubious banner of stimulating the economy.

  • Let’s see. The president has been in office 31 days, including his inauguration and weekends. Some mercifully unnamed pundit said, “The bloom was off the rose.”

    If they mean the president they were more hopeful than correct. If they meant the Republican Party they were “right on.” That seems to be the tragic story of the new Republican Party – a party that has been decimated. (This actually means one-tenth.)

  • Demand representatives

    act in nation’s interest

    Motivation can be defined as something to arouse action or activity to achieve a reward or prize, for self-gratification, or to reach a tangible or intangible goal.

    Seldom has our nation been so beset with problems. The media, liberal and conservative, have kept us current and most of us have some very firm thoughts on matters of national interest. We all have a stake in the matter of preserving our cherished way of life.

  • “I don’t drink anymore ... I get the

    same effect just by standing up fast.”

     

  • We love to get letters to the editor and we try to print them all. It’s usually lack of space that’s the problem but sometimes there are other reasons.

    Once in a while, letters can be the source for an editorial – like this week. One of our regular contributors, who can wax very witty with the keyboard, wrote about a bone of contention with the way the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is spending money during these times of troubled budgets.

  • George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are revered as presidents whose character was stronger than the temptations of public power. Neither man used his presidency for personal gain.

    The same cannot be said for subsequent presidents, and certainly not for many of today’s politicians. Corruption in politics is as common as broken promises.

  • The Democrats need

    to find some backbone

    The Democrats do not know how to handle themselves when they are in the majority in government. When the Republicans were in control of the White House, and both houses of Congress, they passed the bills that they wanted and eliminated oversight in government that controlled our spending.

    When the Republicans kept control of the White House and lost Congress to the Democrats, the Republicans were still in charge of the agenda for spending in our government.

  • As if $24.3 million in cuts for the Marion County School District weren’t enough, now Superintendent Ken Yancey is faced with hacking out an additional $27- to $33 million from next year’s budget. Part of the reason for another massive deficit apparently is that Marion is one of the few counties in Florida to avoid laying teachers off – and there are folks in Tallahassee who think it should be otherwise.

  • “Always remember, you’re unique

    ... just like everyone else!”

     

  • A few weeks ago I reported that Americans had placed their “hope and faith” in one man, our president, to get us out of the various severe crises our country currently is in. Since then I’ve been asked several times if I actually believed in what I wrote.