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Today's Opinions

  • “It is blended coffee ...

    yesterday’s and today’s!”

     

  • Lawmakers are in session, keep a hand on your wallet

    Florida legislators have a tough job ahead of them, dealing with the newest budget crisis and the projected $2 billion shortfall in revenue. They are meeting in a two-week special session to decide just how to deal with shrinking state coffers.

    The housing market slump is one of the many reasons there’s a shortfall but a significant one, with home construction being one of the state’s largest industries. When buying a house, homeowners buy documentary stamps in proportion to the purchase price of the home.

  • Is religious speech "second class?"

    For 88 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its allies have fought for legal rulings that censor America’s Christian history and heritage to overturn our traditional values. Now it has taken this intolerant campaign to the next level by increasingly demanding jail for Christians who won’t comply.

    In Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, a private individual prayed before a school event and the ACLU issued a startling threat. “Their refusal to comply, (the censorship of religious speech) should and must result in their removal from society.”

  • Will there be peace in Gaza before Jan. 20?

    Our ally Israel is dependent on American aid. What if we threatened them with the cancellation of aid if they don’t do what we want? Is that a possibility? Would they withdraw from Gaza and work toward a peace agreement?

    Will Israel then, after not being chastised for its highly suspect excuse to attack the Palestinians in Gaza become the stalking horse that makes it possible for America to come to her aid? Will Israel become the vehicle for another war – a war with a country four or five times larger than an Iraq that we cannot manage?

  • And now for the rest of the story

    If we made any resolutions last year we don’t remember them. Aging has its prerogatives – a convenient memory being one of them.

    What should we do first this year? Grandma said in the old country it was against the law to read yesterday’s newspapers. So first thing we’ve got to do is sort through our clipping files and send old news to the recycler.

  • Come on, folks,

    buy American

    Now that two of the three American automobile corporations have been given some billions of our faithful taxpayers’ dollars, isn’t it about time we instituted a buy American campaign for American made automobiles? The bailout will do nothing for our auto industries unless we, the people, start buying their products.

    Thinking back, the good old days were when we had loyal Americans buying American products. Now we have every country in the world copying our cars and our people buying them.

  • Will real estate come out of the doldrums?

    Millions of homeowners and commercial property owners are asking when will real estate make its comeback? The evidence points to another disappointing year in 2009. Speculative real estate investing purchases and lax lending standards by many banks and mortgage companies led to a runaway real estate market that came crashing down when buyers were unable to afford their mortgages.

  • ‘I didn’t really say everything I said’

    “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” baseball legend Yogi Berra is credited with saying. This summary of several financial reports is for informational purposes only. It is based on excerpts from broadcasts and speculation from some top banking officials: It has not been documented by or commented on by the treasury or the government.