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Today's Opinions

  • Who will make the phone calls to protest the government’s direction?

    It seems that wherever you turn these days the news is bad. We are at a unique moment in history. We find ourselves in the middle of two wars and an economic crisis. The decisions we make in the coming days, weeks and months will shape our nation for generations to come.

    We must break out of the division that our people seem to be in. Have we truly lost our way? Our economy, once celebrated as a guarantor of freedom and prosperity, now seems corrupted by greed, materialism and uncertainty.

  • AIG bonuses are a tempest in a crock pot

    In the early days of The Great Depression, Congress passed a number of pieces of regulatory legislation to put a leash on the financial industries, particularly the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. The primary purposes were to separate traditional banking from investment banking and to control speculation.

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929 collapsed a long orgy of speculation. Our current crash of just about everything will replace the Great Depression as the new textbook on total speculative bust – stocks, banks, financial services, brokerages, and insurance companies.

  • You’re not going gently into that good night, boys!

    ­There are those who are embittered still by what happened to Al Gore during the aftermath of the 2000 election and the unwarranted interference by SCOTUS.

    There are others who aren’t too pleased with Mr. Blackwell of Ohio — they seem to feel that the mess we see stretching so far ahead that it fades from view, started in 2000 and worsened in 2004.

  • A lie can travel halfway around the world . . . while the truth is putting on its shoes

    Among the many oft-quoted writers and philosophers,  two politicians’ quotes are most frequently used: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

    On May 24, 2006, Diana Irey, a Republican candidate who ran against Rep. John Murtha, said at a news conference that Murtha’s comments and actions “are not that of a patriot but serve to aid and comfort our enemy.”

  • Sounds too good to be true, because it is

    In a Ponzi scheme, high rates of fictional income are paid to participants from money being received from new customers. As the pyramid gets bigger, the schemer has to hustle twice as fast to keep up payouts and maintain an appearance of being a successful investor.

    Charles Ponzi was an Italian immigrant and lifetime con man whose name has been used to characterize pyramid frauds since the 1920s. Ponzi served prison time in Canada, New England, Georgia, and Florida, but managed to keep on running like the Energizer Bunny. 

  • A new crisis hits those who are down

    We have a water crisis. And an economic crisis. And an unemployment crisis. And now, sad to say, we have another problem to face: the scam crisis. Make that plural. There are many scams out there.

    In addition to the Madoffs and the Ponzis and the fly-by-nights that drive through neighborhoods paving driveways and repairing roofs with inferior materials, our local officials are bringing to our attention newer scams that could affect many in our community.

  • How much more stimulus can we take?

    As more Americans lose their jobs and the overall economy gets worse by the day, you hear over and over, please don’t stimulate us anymore we can’t afford it! Our government is continuing to follow the pattern of the past number of years where our nation spent for things it couldn’t afford with money we didn’t have.

  • I must be getting older . . . I feel my corns more than my oats!