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Opinion

  • Since the hurricanes of 2004, property insurance in Florida has been in a flux, with significant price increases, major insurance companies dropping policies, and the state-backed Citizens Insurance Company becoming the largest property insurer in the state.

    During a special session last year, legislators thought they had taken steps to secure rate relief when they passed a bill that increased the state’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, thus providing major private insurance companies cheaper reinsurance through the state fund.

  • A skeptic is someone inclined to doubt accepted conclusions. Concerning the endless saga of the President Kennedy assassination we’ve always been skeptical, but for not for the usual reasons.

    Recently Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins released the contents of a safe left behind by Henry Wade, the DA who prosecuted Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed President Kennedy back in 1963.

  • Since it is two weeks before the next primaries in Texas and Ohio we have time to discuss a subject that is important to the welfare of our citizens and country. The American people are largely living in the dark when it comes to what Congress is doing behind closed doors.

    This always shows up after the fact of a bill, treaty, etc., is already approved and signed, never giving the public a chance to offer an idea or opinion before the fact. Congress and the administration even lie to the public about our two current wars.

  • Recent headline No. 1: “Teachers may feel pressured to omit evolution.” Recent headline No. 2: Lawmaker (says) “Call evolution a theory.” Both headlines introduce stories about things gone goofy in public education.

    The first headline’s story was primarily anecdotes about teachers caught between a state requirement to teach evolution and their fears of backlash from young-earth creationist parents and students.

  • Take one writer with bronchial pneumonia add one husband with double pneumonia and you have a recipe for a tremendous lightening of the wallet and much sickness. Ten pills alone cost $120. How on earth does someone with limited income cope and get well with this type of gouging?

  • Now we know the direction the county’s ambulance service will take. But the avenues mapped have yet to be traveled.

    At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting the vote was for merging Emergency Medical Services Alliance personnel with county fire services. When Barbara Fitos spoke at the Jan. 14 State Road 200 Coalition meeting, she addressed the benefits of such a marriage, and three other commissioners were apparently of similar mind.

  • In an October column we did a mini seminar on the sub-prime mortgage mess. During the late, great housing boom, mortgage companies and banks were borrowing low-interest money, lending it to home buyers, then selling off bundles of mortgages to dumb investment banks, not-so-smart hedge funds, and other cocky high-rollers.

    Things may be darker than revealed so far. New York and Connecticut are investigating whether lenders were slipping in “no document” and “exception” loans, which made the bundled mortgages even more risky for investors.