Today's Opinions

  • Schools to be dazed by budget cuts again

    As if $24.3 million in cuts for the Marion County School District weren’t enough, now Superintendent Ken Yancey is faced with hacking out an additional $27- to $33 million from next year’s budget. Part of the reason for another massive deficit apparently is that Marion is one of the few counties in Florida to avoid laying teachers off – and there are folks in Tallahassee who think it should be otherwise.

  • Op-Ed Cartoon

    “Always remember, you’re unique

    ... just like everyone else!”


  • One man can’t lead us out of this mess

    A few weeks ago I reported that Americans had placed their “hope and faith” in one man, our president, to get us out of the various severe crises our country currently is in. Since then I’ve been asked several times if I actually believed in what I wrote.

  • A splendid example of begging the question

    The continuing abortion conflict received nationwide press attention only three days after the new administration took office in Washington.

    On the 36th anniversary of Rowe v. Wade, anti-abortion forces rallied thousands to the nation’s capitol to restate their opposition. A smaller group of pro-abortionists held their rally a few blocks away at the Supreme Court building. In a spirit of impartiality, the justices didn’t wave hello to either group.

  • Friday the 13th: Let’s hope it’s a myth

    Has the compact been broken? Has our government failed us? The numbers and feedback leads us to believe that our ability to reverse the economic slide is complicated geometrically with each passing day. Our failure to act resolutely to end massive unemployment and housing foreclosures may lead us into a form of chaos that we have not seen in 200 years, if at all.

  • Where’s the bailout for ‘we the people?’

    Good government isn’t a case of playing follow the leader. At times, it seemed like we belonged to the Pied Piper school of self-preservation: two clashing ideas but often in play over the last eight years. The Democrats made good speeches but the record shows that they were abysmal at raising the standard. Good, solid speeches but no cohunes.

  • The political system is still broken

    It’s the first of the New Year and a good time for families to check on their financial positions, to see if 2008 was as bad to them as they feared. It would be great to know if you could now plan for that dream vacation to Hawaii or perhaps a cruise to far away countries you’ve always wanted to visit.

  • Second Amendment is under fire

    As was feared by gun lovers during the recent elections, the liberal Democratic candidates and the so-called anti-gun groups were all outspoken regarding what actions they intended to take if the now president-elect was successful in getting elected. The actions mentioned were a ban on semi-autos, center-fire rifles, .50-cal. guns, small handguns, gun rationing (one a month), national registration, national licensing and repeal of the ban on predatory lawsuits designed to put gun manufacturers and gun stores out of business.