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Today's News

  • Every child is a winner Every child is a winner in church youth sports

    This is the theme at the second youth sports activity this year sponsored by Joy Lutheran Church.

    Since the public schools have had to cut back on sports activities, programs like this are important in the community. There are few Upward Christian sports programs in the area and the one at Joy Lutheran Church is the only one in southwest Ocala.

  • Letters to the editor: June 19, 2009

    Bigotry, hatred and racism

    still with us

  • It’s time to celebrate Flag Day again

    Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day. Though it is not a standout in the hierarchy of American holidays, Flag Day has a history, traditions and still attracts a share of support.

    Unfortunately for Flag Day, it splits the hectic days of early summer between Memorial Day and 4th of July. It is overshadowed by graduations and runs up on Father’s Day.

    In these busy times, Flag Day can easily pass unnoticed. And falling on a Sunday (this year) doesn’t help.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 12, 2009

    When working for a

    company meant something

    Does anyone besides me remember when you worked faithfully with a company for 30 or 40 years and they took care of you for life?

    They appreciated your loyalty to the point where every employee received a decent wage, good working conditions, paid vacations, health benefits and a retirement system that followed you and your spouse to the grave.

  • Democratic Club will work on activity plan

    The Cherrywood Democratic Club will have its next meeting on Friday, June 19, at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse cardroom.

    Refreshments will be served.

  • Some people are choosing ‘staycations’ or ‘nocations’

    There are vacations that workers and retirees took on a regular basis. Now, with the economy, ‘staycations’ came into fashion for some. The car/airplane expenses and the hotel/motel ones are gone. Instead, home is the base. Activities are scheduled in the area or not too far from home.

    As the economy worsens, ‘nocations’ are becoming popular. Some workers can’t afford to take any time off. They just want to keep getting paid, especially now when many companies are reducing salaries in place of giving raises.

  • Too much debt, too many checks

    As indicated last week, today, you’ll find some additional pieces for the puzzle of what the current arrogant administration is achieving in their efforts to destroy our America. Simply put, America is staggering under the weight of trade deficits, too much domestic debt and a Congress and a White House that is continuing to write checks on the public’s checkbook.

  • The Four Horseman of the Republican Apocalypse

    After the huge tax cuts for the wealthy by Reagan, they became much richer while most workers lost income. The so-called filter-down and ‘voodoo economics’ along with huge deficits added more to the national debt than all previous presidents combined. It created a false economy, which Bush Junior revived, in order to outdo his hero, once again creating more national debt than all previous presidents combined, and enriching the wealthy with even larger tax cuts.

  • A lock box full of dusty promises

    Some wag observed recently that the way we’re running the federal budget, in a few years all we’ll be able to afford is a nation of senior citizens on Social Security, protected by the best army and navy in history. Not funny.

    President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act (SS) in 1935. The program required payment of one cent per dollar up to a maximum contribution of $30 each for employee and employer. The first benefit recipient started to receive a monthly check of $22.54 in 1940.

  • Just what is Reconstructionist Judaism?

    While most people have heard of Orthodox, Conservative or Reform Judaism, Reconstructionist Judaism draws a complete blank.

    It is not exactly a household word but its beliefs and practices have found their way into the other branches of Judaism with most Jews not realizing where these ideas have come from.