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  • What? What? What?


    I was glued to the television Thursday – scheduling the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh was the only thing the Republican senators did right because that’s the one day I have to myself. Moreover, of course, it’s all about me.

    Neither party is blameless in getting us to this point because both parties want to win the midterm elections and more than a few on the Senate Judiciary Committee aspire to run for president in 2020 – including Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

  • Senate Judicial hearing

    Generally, when I have writer's block as I professed to last week, it's because there is something else on my mind of which I do not want to write.

    This week, I caved and am writing about the nomination process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — not about the judge — but the process.

  • My military career

    One thing about being in the military is that when there is nothing else to write about, there is always the Navy.

  • My military career

    One thing about being in the military is that when there is nothing else to write about, there is always the Navy.

  • 13 proposed constitutional amendments

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story will continue over a period of weeks due to space constraints. This week is an overview of the 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.



    Former Marion County Commissioner Judy Johnson presented pros and cons of the 13 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot to the Friday Forum, Friday, Sept. 14.

  • What's this world coming to?

    What’s this world coming to?

    BLU3, a Pompano Beach Company has developed a line of ultra-portable tankless diving systems using surface-supplied air. The system supports a diver at its maximum depth of 10 feet for about an hour and it is compact enough to carry in a backpack.

    The first in the line is NEMO, which is in the Kickstarter phase. NOMAD and NEPTUNE are scheduled for launch in the summer and winter of 2019. Those two, which are still in development will allow divers to go deeper depths. NEPTUNE will enable multiple divers on a single system.

  • Words Matter

    Words matter.

    It was February 1972 when Gunners Mate Guns 1st Class David Clayton Thomas, sir, marched his first bootcamp company to Luce Auditorium at Naval Training Center, San Diego.

    The base theater didn’t look very big from the outside, but inside, it was cavernous, almost dank. It contained more seats in one place than I had ever seen in my life. Company 062 was one of that last to enter. There must have been 2,000 recruits in their seats, waiting for the cultural awareness program to begin.

  • Happenings 08-31-2018


    Master Choir

    The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for new members. Tuesday evening rehearsals for Dec. 9, 14 and 16 concerts start Sep. 4 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Major work will be Puccini’s Gloria Mass. Call Hal McSwain at 352-615-7677 to schedule an audition. cfmasterchoir.com.

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    Chess Club

    The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Library is located at 5870 SW 95th St. All players are welcome. Call 423-873-2276 for information.

  • Real American heroes

    EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this before Sen. John McCain died. It took a while to get it the way I wanted and rather than take a chance on fouling it up, I left it in present tense.

    I want to write about Sen. John McCain and how brave he is, but I can’t.

    I don’t know the Arizona senator.

  • Operation 'Can't Touch This’ nets 7 seeking sex with children online

    Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies recently assisted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in identifying and capturing offenders seeking sex with children online.