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Today's Opinions

  • One man’s stimulus is another’s pork

    This $800 billion stimulus package is a bridge to nowhere. The question most heard on the television is, “Where are the jobs?”

    Millions of dollars for Planned Parenthood, free condoms for poor people, $200 million for Filipino war veterans and a few million dollars more for a new palace for Homeland Security. And how does that create jobs?

    What we have here is politics as usual. Were you expecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor?

  • Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?

    He is in many ways the most gifted demagogue ever bred on these shores.

    No bolder seditionist has moved among us — nor anyone with a surer, swifter access to the dark places of the mind. Then he discovered Socialism.

    Soon no man was closer than he to the center of American consciousness or more central to the world’s consciousness of America.

  • It’s a new America, like it or not

    Conservation has stronger connotations these days than ever before. The word is used in conjunction with just about every aspect of our lives.

    Locally for example, the water management district tells us to conserve water because Marion County, along with the rest of the state, is experiencing a serious drought.

    We’re told to conserve our water usage – don’t water our lawns as often as we used to, and we’re warned to be alert to other ways of conserving water – like fixing dripping faucets.

  • Symptoms of infectious capitol diseases

    Up until World War II, Washington, D.C. was a political, cultural, and economic backwater. Except for ambitious politicians and lifetime job seekers, most Americans worked and lived in the real world of elsewhere.

    Over time, fumes from the Potomac River infected Washington politicians and bureaucrats with a peculiar sense of uniqueness. They became unable to “get it.” The infection is highly contagious, has a wide range of symptoms, and has no known cure. One of the worst effects is premature memory loss.

  • The bailout is socialism in disguise

    I recently gave a description of “socialism” that I obtained from a dictionary. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to several individuals on the subject and the thing that frightened me was the fact that so many of these people stated they did not know anything about socialism or that it was going on right here in the U.S. Some politicians on all levels are trying their best to subvert our form of government, taking away our sovereignty.

  • Ready answer to state budget problems

    The most wonderful things about the State of Florida are its proximity to the planet sun, the convenience of a bank and a pharmacy on every block, a reasonable cost of living, and lots of taxes from tourists.

    It’s a rare election which doesn’t include at least one opportunity to raise or lower taxes on residents. Reductions are greeted warmly. Proposals for new or additional taxes are usually voted down. It’s sort of a cultural thing.

  • One last ‘thank-you’ for aging WW II vets

    Many World War II veterans have traveled to our nation’s capitol to personally see the World War II memorial that was completed in 2004.

    Cost of such a trip has prohibited some veterans from making the trip.

    A group of people in Marion County, Honor Flight Marion, is working to help all World War II veterans see the memorial in person. Marion is home to about 4,000 veterans, many with serious health problems, so this project is quite an undertaking.

  • Stang

    “I almost went blind this morning ...

    I left the spoon in my coffee cup!”