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Today's Opinions

  • It's really a pay as you go tax

    The super majority of the Board of County Commissioners made a tough call in tough times at the last meeting Feb. 17. Approving a nickel per gallon gas tax that will dip into the pockets of all who drive, would take political courage in the best of times.

    But Marion County has a rough row to hoe if it is to catch up with its transportation infrastructure needs. Even though the brakes have been applied to growth by still-inflated real estate prices and an economy that is running out of gas, the county is trailing in its road building and upkeep.

  • ‘Stimulus bill’ is a liberal spending spree

    Our Senate members are trying to reach some kind of a compromise with Democrats over how many billions of dollars to agree for an obscenely, massive, social, political or “spending” bill, (not a stimulus or bailout) due to the false pretense of calling it a job creation bill. Also, hundreds of millions more ($650 million) being proposed for climate change “research” under the dubious banner of stimulating the economy.

  • A rose by any other name ee

    Let’s see. The president has been in office 31 days, including his inauguration and weekends. Some mercifully unnamed pundit said, “The bloom was off the rose.”

    If they mean the president they were more hopeful than correct. If they meant the Republican Party they were “right on.” That seems to be the tragic story of the new Republican Party – a party that has been decimated. (This actually means one-tenth.)

  • Demand representatives

    act in nation’s interest

    Motivation can be defined as something to arouse action or activity to achieve a reward or prize, for self-gratification, or to reach a tangible or intangible goal.

    Seldom has our nation been so beset with problems. The media, liberal and conservative, have kept us current and most of us have some very firm thoughts on matters of national interest. We all have a stake in the matter of preserving our cherished way of life.

  • “I don’t drink anymore ... I get the

    same effect just by standing up fast.”

     

  • A grant to solve murder was wrote

    We love to get letters to the editor and we try to print them all. It’s usually lack of space that’s the problem but sometimes there are other reasons.

    Once in a while, letters can be the source for an editorial – like this week. One of our regular contributors, who can wax very witty with the keyboard, wrote about a bone of contention with the way the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is spending money during these times of troubled budgets.

  • Being legal doesn’t make it right

    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are revered as presidents whose character was stronger than the temptations of public power. Neither man used his presidency for personal gain.

    The same cannot be said for subsequent presidents, and certainly not for many of today’s politicians. Corruption in politics is as common as broken promises.

  • The Democrats need

    to find some backbone

    The Democrats do not know how to handle themselves when they are in the majority in government. When the Republicans were in control of the White House, and both houses of Congress, they passed the bills that they wanted and eliminated oversight in government that controlled our spending.

    When the Republicans kept control of the White House and lost Congress to the Democrats, the Republicans were still in charge of the agenda for spending in our government.