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Today's News

  • Is racism an issue?

     The pigment melanin is responsible for skin color. At least six genes produce melanin.

    People of all skin colors possess melanin. Melanin comes in two forms: pheomelanin (red to yellow) and eumelanin (dark brown to black).

    Melanin resides in the outer skin layers, the epidermis.

    That description underscores in part the biology of what has evolved, unfortunately, into a very touchy political and cultural issue in much of the western world nearly a quarter of the way into the 21st century.

  • Dancing with Death and Despots

    By Bill Koch

    History is filled with despots: tyrants and madmen rise, wreak unspeakable havoc and devastation, and then die.

    History demonstrates that we all share at least one common experience – our eventual demise.

    The sensitive among us like to refer to it as “passing” or some other comfortable synonym in a strange attempt to remove the sting from the inevitable, as if it were something unspeakable or utterly horrid.

  • ‘Good Boys’

    By Bob Garver

  • Drilling for comedy

    In August 1859, well drillers said, “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” Nonetheless, Edwin Drake completed the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa. at a depth of 69 feet. Now our oil wells can be thousands of feet deep and some oil travels half way around the world to get to us.

    You don’t have to go around the world for today’s humor. Just travel down Pun Alley with me.

  • Are you behind the curve?

    Millions of older adults live with curvature of the spine, yet most do not know they have adult scoliosis.  Your risk for scoliosis obviously does not go away when you become an adult.  According to Dr. R. Douglas Orr at the Cleveland Clinic, “nearly 70% of adults ages 60 and over have evidence of a curved spine on x-ray.”

    Your spine is made of a series of stacked bones called vertebrae.  The bones are connected by joints, and cushioned by shock-absorbing pads called disks that sit in between each vertebra.

  • Playing with hate

    We’ve landed our time machines in 2019, nearly two decades into the 21st century.

    This is supposed to be the future. Technology is whipping around us like a whirlwind, providing us with convenience, marvel and unparalleled access to information.

    But still.

    While comparative economics may suggest we’ve got it made, the landscape is littered with strange, horrific debris.

  • ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’

    By Bob Garver

  • Reduce Stress and Pull the Plug on TV News

    The natural and unnatural disasters we hear on the news may leave us feeling tense, sad, anxious or preoccupied. Overexposure to the news can lead to something called vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue. Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, says, “The sheer volume of stressful events can make people feel pessimistic or fearful.”

  • Did I Tell You The Story…?

    I was having a rather down day recently. You know how it is; you are going along 100 miles an hour and finally you crash. I was experiencing one of those reality crashes.

  • Man Shot by Cops Released from Hospital, Charged

    Fred Hiers

    Citrus County Chronicle

    Salvador Salazar now sits in the Marion County Jail after the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office charged him July 25 with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from an hours-long standoff with deputies.

    A warrant was issued for his arrest and Ocala Police Department officers arrested him after doctors released Salazar from an Ocala hospital, said Jodi Sanders, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.